The recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill will provide desperately needed federal dollars to fix our roads, water systems and other public infrastructure. But the bill is not all sunshine and rainbows.

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The recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill will provide desperately needed federal dollars to fix our roads, water systems and other public infrastructure. But the bill is not all sunshine and rainbows.

I’m sitting here still eating turkey three days after Thanksgiving and thinking: Leftovers are food nostalgia.

Last week I finished reading a “bad” book. That’s not my assessment; it’s the judgment of most critics. I liked it.

Even though we’d be hard-pressed these days to find someone who traveled by sleigh to Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother’s house, it’s a safe bet that during this extended holiday weekend, there are a number of memories shared, and stories told, about our parents and grandparents.

I’m about to turn 75. I’ve always wanted to be a grumpy old man. Over the years, I thought I had made a lot of headway in this area, especially in the getting older part, which is easy. I also found myself getting progressively grumpier, as well. Or so I thought.

Director Jason Reitman is taking over the reigns of his father Ivan’s “Ghostbusters” franchise, and the results are a mixed bag. On one hand, the new film is truer to the spirit of the original “Ghostbusters” than the misguided 2016 reboot (stupid controversy over the casting aside). On the …

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich is a wonderful story. It is a difficult story at times since it is set during the early stages of the pandemic and includes the killing of George Floyd. In addition to these happenings which touched us all, there is at the heart of the novel a family – Tookie a…

With Thanksgiving now over, our focus turns to Christmas. Signs of the impending holiday are everywhere in terms of decorations, store displays and television programming. The church is also getting ready for Christmas with the annual season of Advent.

In the parking lot at Genesis Plaza in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood is a simple venture with the potential to save lives. It’s a “nalox-box,” which contains free doses of naloxone, the inhalant that can reverse an opioid overdose, and instructions on how to use it.

I remember someone in my family making a version of these many years ago and I never really could figure out the recipe, or what to call it when searching, so I experimented on and off for years before finally just calling it quits and putting it on the backburner. Skip ahead a few years lat…

Now that Covid restrictions are waning a bit, people are feeling more comfortable about getting together for a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving – but with rising prices of food, more cooks may be chickening out, instead. Restaurant prices are up, as well. The mafia is even economizing by eati…

My husband likes to plant something different on our property every year. Last year we planted Jerusalem artichoke. I, of course, knew nothing of Jerusalem artichoke. I did learn that the artist Claude Monet favored a painting of a Jerusalem artichoke and that it is a good fiber food – I dig…

Last Saturday my wife Michelle and I attended a wedding. That’s not an uncommon occurrence for most people, but we hadn’t been to a wedding for some time. These things seem to come in cycles; about the time of your own wedding, many of your friends are also getting married. Then there’s a lu…

Two school board members in Virginia last week called for the burning — yes, burning — of books in the school’s library that they deem sexually offensive. This is, of course, the logical direction of the conservative movement to crack down on any school curriculum that doesn’t reflect a righ…

As a child, I loved the colorful storybooks about Clifford the Big Red Dog. As a teenager, I… had nothing against the cartoon. As an adult working in Times Square, I despised having to spend several hours a day this past week standing across the street from a billboard depicting a dead-eyed …

When my column for my Butterscotch Treats appeared in print, I could not believe the messages I received from my readers! Yes, everyone seemed to be amazed that you add a packet of powdered pudding mix to the recipe, but even more so, I heard from so many readers who loved cereal treats and …