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The future is now: AI writes short films

What is the future of filmmaking?   Creative thinking is often considered a predominantly human trait, but what if it wasn’t?    More...

Posted 5/18/2017 02:28 PM

Notes from the Garden

Tips for growing better roses this summer

My grandmother and mom grew roses, even though their roses were often plagued by bugs and diseases. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 01:47 PM

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'Guardians Vol. 2' makes for a decent sequel

Sequelitis is a disease that renders sequels unwatchable and often worse than the original.The list of those claimed by the disease is extensive: Jaws 2, Weekend at Bernie's 2, Grease 2, Hangover 2 and especially 3, Caddyshack 2, and the Exorcist 2, More...

Posted 5/11/2017 02:35 PM


Journey of the cucumber

I was shocked at the price of cucumbers when I went shopping early in the week. The store I was visiting was charging over $2 for each cuke. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 02:01 PM

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'The Circle': A look into the dark side of social media

Ever wonder what would happen if Google and Facebook merged and social media took over every aspect your life?Well, that is just the sort of premise in the plot of “The Circle.”“The Circle” stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 02:10 PM


Nipped in the bud

We just finished the spring pruning of the raspberry patch. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 01:44 PM

Childhood science hero Bill Nye returns in Netflix series

There are wide variety of things in life that bring out passion in people and it is different for everyone. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 04:22 PM


Procrastination blues

It’s easy to procrastinate. Everyone has those little chores, those nagging details that should be attended, spouses who harp on a to-do list. Trim needs to be painted. Weeds need to be pulled. Lawns need to be mowed. Animal pens must be cleaned. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 12:55 PM

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Terrible writing leaves 'Fate of the Furious' a dud

|width=317|height=317|link=node|align=right]High-octane, adrenaline-soaked action. Words that aptly describe every Fast and Furious movie in the franchise, well except maybe “Tokyo Drift.”   More...

Posted 4/20/2017 01:55 PM

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Timing is everything

Just as I interpreted last week despite the peepers not peeping in the farm pond, spring came. Longer sunlight hours brought on a whole set of events that bring spring. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 01:31 PM

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'Wild Nights' a look at the way we sleep

Covers on. Covers off.That was you all last night — too hot, not warm enough. The pillow was hard, the mattress was soft, the neighbors were loud, the room was stuffy, you were thirsty, and something was tickling the back of your neck. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 01:19 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

Planting for the unique umami flavor

Umami is the fifth flavor we humans can detect, along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. It is much more difficult to describe or quantify than the four standard flavors because we haven’t been raised to recognize it. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 10:49 AM

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Americanized film a 'ghostly shell' of source material

As a child, my brothers and I were never above a little whitewashing.“Ghost in the Shell” suffers from a different kind of whitewashing. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 04:07 PM

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Signs of Spring

It’s hard to figure when spring will begin and winter will slip away here in the northern part of the country, despite the calendar declaration of spring a couple of weeks ago. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 03:30 PM

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Artistic direction makes 'Get Out' a must-see

I would like as many people as possible to "Get Out" and go see this movie. The film shows why movies should be made. It shows what is artistic and creative in a director’s or person’s vision behind a movie. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 02:28 PM

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Opportunity to observe

I was outside for a walk early, early Wednesday morning. We have the distinct honor of hosting the grand-dog for a few weeks, and when the dog wants to go out, I don’t discourage her.    More...

Posted 3/30/2017 01:32 PM

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Book offers behind the scenes look at presidential campaigns

Your boss is a VIP: a Very Important Person. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 01:24 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

An alternative way to start seedlings

A good gardener can start tomato seedlings in old yogurt tins — or anything else that will hold some soil mix. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 01:30 PM

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'What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear' features advice for both sides

The examination wasn’t bad. The idea of it, perhaps, was worse. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 01:12 PM

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'Twisted Tales' an interesting look at the history of medicine

Ugh, you’ve been feeling kind of sick.How did this happen?  You’re usually really careful about these things; you wash your hands, stay away from ailing friends, and try to avoid feeling unwell, but there it is. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 01:51 PM

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Fox gets it right with final Wolverine film

Feral Ferocity.Those are the two words that best describe the character of Wolverine.They are the two words I have been waiting to say about any of the wolverine characters from Fox’s X-men and Wolverine standalone movies.“Logan” hits that mark and g More...

Posted 3/9/2017 02:31 PM

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Farmers, fish and game

For decades, we farmers at Beaver Pond Farm have been members of the Sullivan County Farm Bureau. More...

Posted 3/9/2017 02:20 PM

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'Dodge City' perfect for the Wild West history buff

It’s only a piece of metal. More...

Posted 3/9/2017 02:11 PM

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'The Lost Eleven' a disappointing rendition of an important WWII story

You are on a need-to-know basis.You’re told only what’s relevant, and nothing more. Rumors, innuendo, extra little details, none of that’s important — only what you need is what you get. More...

Posted 3/2/2017 03:08 PM

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Tapping into nature's beauty

The tapping is done. We have “tapped in” slightly more than 3,000 maple taps this year, just in time for the first run of maple sap. More...

Posted 2/23/2017 02:37 PM

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'Never Caught' a thrilling story of one of Washington's slaves

Run, run, run.Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. More...

Posted 2/23/2017 02:16 PM

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Explore the possibilities of extraterrestrial life with 'Aliens'

Who’s out there?On a dark, stormy night, you might ask yourself that if you hear scratching at the door. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 02:05 PM


What a difference a day makes

I was absolutely shocked to stumble out to the kitchen still groggy from sleep and glance out the window to snow covering everything on Mother’s Day. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 01:34 PM

Notes from the Garden

Spring lawn care

Lawns? My philosophy is this: If it’s green and you can mow it, it’s a lawn. Dandelions? Who cares? Their blossoms are cheerful. Creeping Charlie, plantain? Pests, but not awful. And so on. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 02:15 PM

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'Into the Water' an unsettling novel that sucks you in

Row, row, row your boat.That’s not the only way to get around in the water, but it could be the driest one going gently down the stream. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 01:54 PM

Notes from the Garden

Cold frames and hot boxes

I’m ready for spring. I’m ready to start growing n- and eating - fresh veggies. Most years I wait until the soil warms up, but this year I planted lettuce, cabbage and spinach in April. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 01:55 PM

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'Beartown: A Novel' by Fredrik Backman

Your favorite team cannot be beat.As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win. And win. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 01:33 PM

Notes from the Garden

A taste of spring!

I’m already eating a few of my own fresh vegetables: ramps, dandelion greens and sorrel are ready, and soon will come those perennial delicacies, asparagus and rhubarb.It took me nearly 10 years, but I now have a patch of ramps that produces enough o More...

Posted 4/27/2017 01:04 PM

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Business book features tips to unlocking 'Superfandom'

Collect them all. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 12:49 PM

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How to prune your blueberries

I recently spent half a day helping a friend prune her blueberries. Some rows hadn’t been tended too in a couple of years or more, and had gotten very bushy and overgrown. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 01:39 PM

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'Prison Break' reboot off to a disappointing start

The brothers are back.Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield are back, along with Sarah Tancredi, Fernando Sucre, Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin, and unfortunately so is Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 03:58 PM

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Spring craziness

It seems crazy, but we boiled sap on Wednesday. The two days prior had reached temps in the upper 70s, so the last thing we anticipated was a sap run. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 10:42 AM

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'The Unmade Bed' a meandering look at the roles of men and women over time

Your great-grandfather was a manly man.He got up with the sun and worked hard all day; with his hands and by the sweat of his brow, he made sure the family was safe, sheltered, and fed. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 10:34 AM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

How to make a spring wreath

Mud season for many gardeners is bleak. Raw days of gray and rain mean it’s not fun to spend time outdoors, so we wither on the vine. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 03:39 PM

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'This Is How It Always Is' by Laurie Frankel

You must not tell.You cannot breathe a word to anyone who doesn’t already know. That Which Cannot Be Spoken must remain buried, put away, frozen, lips sealed, or in the closet. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 03:19 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

Books by Sydney Eddison

I’m a fairly simple person. I like dogs and flowers and good food. Having friends is important. I like to grow vegetables from seed, and I revere trees that have survived longer than I have. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 01:45 PM

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Live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' falls short of potential

“There must be more than this provincial life.” Words and sentiment many from a small town or area have felt, especially as a child growing up in one. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 02:04 PM

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Planning for changes and transitions

The calendar tells us it is spring. Looking outside as I write this, the snowsqualls tell me something different.   We had some good sap runs early in the week, but the return to winter has plagued us for several weeks. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 01:23 PM

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The day when many are Irish, many wear green and many look to find an excuse to drink green beer and wear pins that proclaim “kiss me, I’m Irish” or other such silliness. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 06:25 PM

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Buffy turns 20: My top 5 episodes

I do not know when or why it started, but my affinity towards good stories started very young. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 02:04 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

Pruning fruit trees

A well-pruned apple tree in full bloom or loaded with fruit is a feast for the eyes. Now is a good time to work on your trees — though you can prune in any month without damaging your tree. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 01:43 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

Rambunctious plants

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” That quote is from French journalist, novelist and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, who lived from 1808 to 1890.He’s right of course, being thankfu More...

Posted 3/9/2017 02:44 PM

Notes from the Garden &nbsp

Forcing flowers of shrubs and trees

When I was in first grade, we learned a song about pussywillows that still rings in my head when I walk past the fire pond in Cornish Flat. Or it did recently when I saw pussywillows starting to pop open in a marshy area. Spring is here. More...

Posted 3/2/2017 03:16 PM

Changing with the weather &nbsp

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.”   Old time New Englanders have been spouting this phrase for decades, probably centuries, describing the entrance of the month of March as winter struggles to turn to spring. More...

Posted 3/2/2017 03:01 PM

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Hedges: Great windbreaks for winter

Although I’ve never read a scientific paper on the value of hedges for garden plants, my personal theory is that they are beneficial, particularly in winter. More...

Posted 2/23/2017 02:46 PM