Around 3 a.m. this past Sunday morning, I was awakened from a sound sleep by a furry face burrowing into my neck, accompanied by the unmistakable smell of dog breath. As I struggled to open both my eyes, I saw our family canine, Zach, wagging his tail while yipping softly. I immediately recognized Zach's behavior as his way of letting me know that if I didn't jump out of bed in the next 30 seconds, he fully intended to slink off to some hidden corner of the house and quietly make a substantial deposit, which would go unnoticed until some time later when the morning quiet of the home would be shattered by someone screaming, "What is that god-awful smell?"

Struggling to rise off the bed and then stumbling out of the bedroom in the darkness

We are now almost two weeks into the 2018 new year, and as the holidays rapidly fade away in the rear view mirror of life and many of us feel like a huge emotional rug has been pulled out from underneath us, we embrace our annual bout of the Post Holiday Blues.

After weeks of decorating, shopping, baking, visiting, being visited, the whole thing is over in a matter of days! The hype and excitement and yes, expectation for jolliness buoy up many in the buildup to the Big Day. But then

The recent spate of car thefts and vehicle pilferage in our community of Broad Channel has served as an unfortunate wake-up call to us to make sure our vehicles are locked while parked, and that no package(s), jewelry, electronic gadgets, cash, or any other items of apparent worth are left visible within the vehicle that only serve as an invitation for thieves while your cars are unattended, even for a short period of time. The keywords here are "make sure your vehicle is locked..."

Those of

The below Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln was written 154 years ago and yet the words contained therein remain as powerful today as they were back then.

Lincoln's simple juxtaposition of the misery of the ongoing Civil War and the "blessings" enjoyed by the citizens of this great nation is one all of us should keep in mind during this coming holiday.

"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the

I don't quite know why, but somewhere between Bob Geldof's Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid back in 1984 and today, the greeting "Merry Christmas" has become the salutary equivalent of Hester Prynne's Scarlet Letter A. All mention of the "Christmas" holiday is strictly verboten as it may offend some non-believers, you know...the ones who never get to see the Polar Express, and should be replaced with such politically correct and non-offensive greetings as "Happy Holidays," "Seasons

I received hundreds of inquiries last week asking why there was no Between the Bridges column in The Rockaway Times.  Okay, maybe not hundreds but I did get quite a few.  Several maybe? Sadly, truth be told, only my neighbor and friend Larry called and asked about the missing column. I figured I would use this column to come clean.

Myself and my beloved Grace ("she who must be obeyed") were recently happily preparing to depart on a 10-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem leaving from

Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. You can't convince me that's just a coincidence! Conspiracy theorists are salivating over the fact that the National Archives recently unsealed thousands of documents relating to the assassination of JFK more than five decades ago back in November of 1963. Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone or was he abetted by the KGB? Cuba's Fidel Castro? The Mafia? The CIA? A cabal of seditious businessmen? His own Vice President, LBJ?

Theories abound with no lack of

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