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If you’re growing fig trees where temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods, then an ounce of protection can be worth a pound (or more!) of figs. more
Way back in the 1980s, I had the dream job of health and fitness editor at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. more
The “end of summer” has a double meaning when you’ve reached your later years. more

Several factors can cause a houseplant to look sickly. Things like too much or too little water or the wrong light are all typical culprits. more
These local pets are looking for a home. more
The sequel to Marvel’s hugely successful “Black Panther” franchise, “Wakanda Forever,” is bigger, bolder, and more emotional than the first – for one very tragic reason. more
There have many times when I hear people say that they have fallen from grace, or that God would never call on them because of their past. more
A recent Saturday morning saw me loading my car and heading out the door soon after 8:30. more
“Weird Al” Yankovic has been a cultural and comedic icon for decades at this point, and he is more than deserving of a funny, parody biopic starring that kid from Harry Potter. more
Some friends and I were discussing the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this week and remembering Thanksgivings of the past — sometimes with a groan, sometimes with a chuckle. more
As the winter approaches, your plants could use extra care now to come back strong in spring. Many trees and shrubs are beginning their “dormant” phase. more
When thumbing through seed catalogs or plant-care manuals, you’re likely to encounter at least some descriptions that elude you. more
Millions of retirees are in the thick of Medicare open enrollment, which began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, but many find the process challenging. more
With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving on deck, let’s take a slightly different approach to this column. more
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the new Medicare Part B premiums for 2023. more
With the midterm elections coming up soon, you may have figured out that I’m not a politician, don’t particularly like most of our national ones and even forbid political talk at my office coffee … more
Holy star gazing. Could you be the first person to see the great meteor coming at us that will destroy our planet? Check out the video in the column. more
If you need another reminder that war is hell, Netflix is now streaming a gripping and hauntingly beautiful new adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front.” more
One of our joys as a family this time of year is watching the Charlie Brown Specials. We watched as Linus believed in the Great Pumpkin and we’re already talking about watching the Christmas … more
“The handicapped children’s tutelary.” This was what an editorial written in The New York Times said upon the death of Elizabeth Farrell, a native of Utica who was the nation’s first Special … more
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