Category Archives: Connecticut

Be Who You Are

Life is too short not to be who you are.  It’s a pity many of us don’t learn that till we’re older. I have two acquaintances, both gay who won’t come out of the closet.  One, in his 60s can’t … Continue reading

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My grandfather, Bartholomew Palvario, known as Pop, was my biggest role model when it comes to giving. I’ve written about it. How when I was so small, watching him rake leaves, shovel snow and bake bread not only for his … Continue reading

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When Love Has The Last Say

In the park this morning I met a Beagle named Mike, who triggered a memory. I couldn’t have been more than 10 when it happened, so my clarity impresses even me. There was a family on our block, The Greenfields, … Continue reading

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Love Files

It’s nice to know, St. Valentine did exist, and the day isn’t just a Hallmark holiday. And he was a priest no less, associated with courtly love, bringing up a sea of reminiscence. There was the chef who, rather than … Continue reading

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Don’t Force a Door To Stay Open

Someone said this to me after speaking of a longtime friendship ending, and how ephemeral they’ve become, in general.  Thought back to my best pals in childhood, how they stuck around for better or worse, like a marriage…in sickness and … Continue reading

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Is This Miami? No It’s Manhattan

 It’s late afternoon on Friday.  I’m here in tights and a T-shirt with all the windows open, a warm breeze blowing through the apartment as though I were on a cabin cruiser. Rocky, the ancient brown lab, is visiting, sacked … Continue reading

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The Last Noel

I’m here thinking of Christmases I can’t help but to remember, like war wounds, when it rains. Before I turn them into sci-fi, let me say, my mother loved the holidays.  She was Mrs. Claus, with a spaghetti strainer in … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a favorite holiday of mine, despite the fact the entire family got drunk and disorderly. I remember when my mother stabbed my father with her super-duper carving knife, delaying dinner till he returned from … Continue reading

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Diehard Beauty

It’s 35 degrees with a windchill factor of about 10, as I walk to La La Nails to get my toes done, wearing tights and thongs. I may get pneumonia, but boy, will my feet look great. I’ll be on … Continue reading

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Halloween To Go

I just had such a fight with Frank the super over, why the kids in the building, can’t knock on friendly doors, like in the good old days. “It ain’t safe,” said he… “Older tenants are afraid to let people … Continue reading

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