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A much-needed Catskills getaway at just the right time

A much-needed Catskills getaway at just the right time
BY LORI SENDER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE MAYBE CHRONICLES

Just one year ago my family and I were snow tubing and cross-country skiing at Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills, trying to maintain some sense of equilibrium amid the rather unrelenting rounds of layoffs and furloughs going on at my husband's company.

As it turns out, Rob didn't make the cut and we faced eight long months of unemployment.

And now we're back at this winter retreat, truly grateful that my husband is working again. Not that we arrived here carefree; his devoted mother, Laura, died just days earlier, at age 82. She was a close friend to me, a beloved grandmother to our eleven-year-old son, and as I gaze at the snow-covered woods and half-frozen streams it seems that once again this whitened landscape will offer up a much-needed reprieve to my family.

Much of this year has been hectic: all of us running back and forth to the hospital and nursing home while also adjusting to Rob's new job with its long commute. Needless to say, we hadn't been spending time outdoors communing with nature – our fresh-air activities mostly of the shoveling and de-icing variety. So to be cross-country skiing on this day is a complete treat, and as I look over at the icy stream meandering alongside the trail, I consciously inhale the cool air and let out a bit of the yearlong stress.

 

Happy Valentine's Day … now please come back!

Happy Valentine's Day … now please come back!
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

When the calendar turns to February, a young man's fancy turns to ... the Super Bowl. Since that's over, there's a chance he might remember Valentine's Day.

Va...

Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Valentine’s Day gift ideas
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

My Funny Valentine is a last-minute invitation to an event that will be enjoyed by the entire family on Saturday, February 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at NovelTeas , Red B...

Chris Lee shirtless photo leads N.Y. Congressman to resign, but with raised suspicions

Chris Lee shirtless photo leads N.Y. Congressman to resign, but with raised suspicions
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

There may be a writer out there who can resist a story about a married Congressman who texts a shirtless, flexing photo of himself to a woman he met t...

Prize-winning novel ‘Almost Perfect' puts you inside the life of a transgendered teen

Prize-winning novel ‘Almost Perfect' puts you inside the life of a transgendered teen
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

The American Library Association's John Newbery Medal is to young adult fiction what the Oscar is to the motion picture industry: the highest award the ind...

Class ring lost for 50 years returned by New Jerseyan

Class ring lost for 50 years returned by New Jerseyan
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Horst Adler is a 1959 graduate of Quakertown (Pa.) Community High School. Around 1960 or 1961, he gave a gold-and-onyx ring to a girl he was dating in Philadelphia. The...

Black history month in New Jersey: Local favorites of distinction

Black history month in New Jersey: Local favorites of distinction
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

As Black History Month is observed, we are rightly reading much about events and persons of distinction.

Looking to a local perspective for the...

Valentine’s Day love song that warms the heart

Valentine’s Day love song that warms the heart
BY SALLY FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
LIFESOUNDS

My husband and I are standing at the kitchen sink. He's scraping the dishes and I'm putting away leftovers. "Jeopardy" is playing in the background on t...

Sol Gittleman: Celebrated Tufts professor has N.J. roots

Sol Gittleman: Celebrated Tufts professor has N.J. roots
BY WARREN BOROSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One of the nation's outstanding teachers is Sol Gittleman, who has been on the faculty of Tufts University in Boston for 46 years. He's won all sorts of teaching ...

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