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People are still getting sick and dying from COVID-19, which is a good reason to continue to eat fruits and vegetables and take a nice walk every day to support a strong immune system. I am still wearing my mask in indoor public spaces; I hope you will too.

For over a year the pandemic has kept us from gathering and sitting down together for a big family-style meal. The simple act of sitting at a table and sharing food took away a valued part of mealtime. Now, with restrictions ease, we can get back to our shared food roots. What better way to …

Several columns past, I took to my bully pulpit and excoriated men who are married with children for being fathers first and husbands a distant second (maybe even third behind sports fans). My point, for those of you who are behind the curve here, is that children don’t need fathers who are …

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us have seen the movie, “The Godfather.” We find ourselves repeating famous lines like “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” or “leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It’s a great film with its Italian influence and still to this day is a cult cla…

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Many couples still get married in church, where they sing “I’ll Fly Away” (which is how we got the slang term “walk down the I’ll”). But even though some wedding traditions remain, much of the terminology has evolved. Do I understand what people are saying when they talk about tying the knot…

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Washington Heights is that multicultural neighborhood just north of Harlem in New York City. I’ve been there many times and noticed its slow gentrification. I went there again this week with a new movie, a joyous musical called “In the Heights.”

Q Although I am on the quiet and reserved side, my family is the complete opposite. I come from a loud and rambunctious family. While I love them all very much, I find myself feeling embarrassed around them in public. I feel guilty for this reaction, but everywhere we go, my family laughs, t…

Q My husband sometimes gives our very stubborn 7-year-old daughter “prizes” for doing what she is told. The other night, for example, Juliette didn’t like what I chose for her to wear the next day to school and threw a mega-tantrum. I didn’t give in, but the next morning, she came downstairs…