Writing with Respect and Affection for the Quoteworthy

You are ever my muse, Mr. Clemens. And that is not a gross exaggeration. I'm grateful for Ken Gruberman, my Editor-in-Chief at Lakeridge Life Magazine, for his impeccable standards and devotion. I submitted my quarterly column, STABLE NEWS, well in advance of the deadline and received immediate feedback. It was not what I expected. In…

Undercover Lovers Revealed on “National Read a Book Day”

Flashback fifty years to the New York Public Library Bookmobile that delivered the gems of that treasure chest to nerdy, bespectacled, fat and freckled, grade-schooler me in Queens, at Public School 2. There in the 1960s, librarians were the ambassadors of life beyond the boroughs. I could no more break their rules and write in my prized copies of Harriet the Spy or From the The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler than graffiti the walls of my parents' row home.

Remembering My Horse, Dolce

Dolce and I were horse and rider for nearly fifteen years. PHOTO: Lisa Bernard My muse passed early last winter. Peacefully. In the pasture he grazed with gusto. At the mouth of the trails he trotted out on our daily excursions. My column, STABLE NEWS, is devoted to his memory and the inimitable place he…

Harken Spring: Yale Cellos & Chamber Music

Dubbed "the gateway to New England," Connecticut is itself a state of diverse attractions. Beyond the spectacular flora and fauna (about which I publish often) are the world class performing arts. In the spring, my favorite is the music at Yale University in New Haven, easily accessed from both thoroughfares and our intrastate country roads.…

The Kitchen Table Tells Your Tale

PHOTO by PAUL BRIGHTON for Lakeridge Life Magazine Paul.E@ToveroMarks.com In January 2014, I published, "In with the Old and Season with the New: What Food Communicates from Past to New Years." It resonated with people of all ages, lifestyles, cultures, and relationships to food - supporting my observation that food is a powerful medium of…