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Drowning People Don’t Wave


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When I was nine I almost drowned in the ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was playing in the waves, taking care not to go out beyond where I could stand up. A wave came in. I dove into it, as I’d done a dozen times before on that day. […]

Fresh: the Movie


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When a movie begins with a couple identified on screen as “Mr. and Mrs. Fox” and they’re talking about their factory chicken-raising operation, you know you’re in for something a bit different. The movie is “Fresh,” an upbeat, often funny documentary film about what people are actually doing, and what more […]

Box Turtles and the Power of One: A Sweet Story


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Mary moved to our town a couple of years ago. A retired dog trainer, she brought ten dogs with her and rented a house from perhaps the only man in town with the courage to allow such a menage move into the house he’d grown up in — and next door […]

And the winner is …


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by Debra Kozikowski What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by soaking in a history lesson from America’s most knowledgable presidential scholars? Every eight years, Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., asks scholars to rank the best and worst presidents in American history. Since the first published rankings back in 1982, Franklin D. Roosevelt has […]

Learning to Live Without Oil


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The past few nights Ed, my husband, and I have been watching a DVD called “The Crash Course.” The title’s double meaning is bitterly delicious. The DVD  is a three-hour lecture by Chris Martenson on the interplay between what’s going on with the economy, energy, and the environment and how the […]


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