Byline: By RUTH CHARNEY

A yip, less than a full-throated bark, streaks across my backyard and disappears behind the hoop house. A dog, I think. But not a dog, I think...

My Turn: Gingerbread house adventures

12/23/17

“I have a question, ” I say. “It’s a funny question,” I add, sort of apologetic, not wanting to put the nice people at the Big Y bakery counter on...

I asked Carmine how her family in Puerto Rico was doing. We were making mashed potatoes for Daniel’s birthday dinner. I was peeling. She was...

My Turn: Taking risks at every age

11/29/17

“I’m door holder,” our grandchild announces, first thing. “Tomorrow,” she adds. It’s a coveted responsibility. She’s been the line leader as well...

My Turn: A lesson in paying attention

10/11/17

I don’t like messy bathrooms. I particularly don’t like the bathrooms strewn with paper towels that you sometime encounter in rest stops. Sometimes...

Our grand child races down the sand dune. A week ago, it would have ended in a face plant. But now, there’s muscle memory and a victorious yelp at...

My Turn: An unwelcome present

9/15/17

There is probably no way to say this without sounding pitiful, so I will just say it. There are tiny black flecks, poppy seed-like deposits, on our...

Recently, I have wished my adult children young again, at home again. I have also wished myself young once more, and holding a do-over card...

What happened was, I left my writing group late. I just couldn’t tear myself away, even knowing that now I’d be late for my exercise class. Which...

I am — not to boast — a bug magnet. I am an irresistible, “high attractor” type. A status I’d be happy to forgo if given the option. Still, people...

We file into Big Y with our list, grocery cart and game faces on. We are two grandparents and four grandchildren, ready for a speed shop after a...

My brother made me laugh. Not just sort of laugh, but an all-out-top-to-bottom laugh. The kind of laughing that there was just no stopping once...

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