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Baseball And Cracker Jacks

IN THE April 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFood,
andMargaret Mendel,
andSports
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel


It’s that time of year again. When the smell of spring is in the air I get all excited waiting to hear those first cracks of the major league baseball bats. The weather might still be a bit unpredictable but rain or shine the baseball season starts the first week in April. There are maybe a dozen major league players that I like to watch, and I cheer the demise of a few teams I consider rivals to my hometown boys, but there’s only one yummy treat I think about when it comes to baseball. Cracker Jacks.

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by Margaret Mendel


On my trip to Ireland several years ago we landed at the Dublin airport in weather that the Irish refer to as a soft day. By this they mean a rainy day. It was an early morning arrival and the dining hall in the hotel was closed. So, we fell onto our bed in the small but efficient room and took a nap.

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by Margaret Mendel


Arlene won’t be spending Christmas in our apartment building, as of this morning. And you wouldn’t exactly say she moved out. Our nemesis of so many years went feet first and in a body bag.

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by Lee Juslin
& Margaret Mendel



We thought for the holidays we’d pull out a couple of past favorites for you to make for your holiday baking–the Terrier Cake and Christmas Cookies! Recipes included.

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by Margaret Mendel



Once a year during the summer I go camping in upstate New York, on property my daughter and her husband purchased with a friend. The area is known as Dunbar Hollow. It is a quiet place surrounded by rolling hills, wildflower meadows, acres of rambling blackberry bushes and it’s hard to imagine that a horrific crime once took place here.

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Viva el chocolate!

IN THE February 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andFood,
andMargaret Mendel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel



My dad was crazy about chocolate covered cherries and every Valentines Day my sisters and I would go to the local drugstore and buy him a box of these sweet treats. Mom, a frail, delicate woman, favored milk chocolate with nuts or dark chocolate with coconut and we gave her Hershey or Mounds bars, all of which she ate sparingly, nibbling the bar as though she were a bird pecking at a treasured crust of bread. Nothing says “I Love You” like something made of chocolate.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andMargaret Mendel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel



This year will be the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and it is the biggest annual event NYC has to offer. Millions of people line the streets to see this amazing display, while even more people view the parade on TV. It is a spectacular event that officially brings Santa Claus to town, and when the merchants begin to cry out to the public, “Let the shopping begin!”

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by Margaret Mendel



My husband, Tony, and I took an early Sunday morning drive upstate. The fall foliage, usually vibrant in New York this time of the year—with uncountable shades of yellow, amber, gold, red and peach—was dull against the gun metal gray sky, the stark branches bared by an early frost and heavy winds the week before.

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Halloween Hash and a Fake Pumpkin Pie Dessert

IN THE October 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFood,
andMargaret Mendel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel



I don’t know of any fruit or vegetable that announces a changing season as does the pumpkin. When pumpkins show up in the market I know that Halloween is only weeks away and that soon there’ll be a range of festivities: family gatherings, friends coming together for food and drink, a time for gift giving, and then the year ends with champagne and an explosion of fireworks.

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New York, New York

IN THE September 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMargaret Mendel,
andTravel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel



The most frequently asked question of a New Yorker is, “Where do you go for fun, entertainment and relaxation?” As if we kept a list of secret spots.
I’d like to tell them, “We wait until all the tourists go home and then we come out to play.” But, truthfully, no one can avoid the hordes of visitors and New Yorkers go about their business no matter how crowded the city becomes.

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by Margaret Mendel



I’ve been able to catch some of the trials that determine who’ll be heading for London to the actual games and I am totally amazed at the skill of these athletes. Even those who don’t make the Olympic Teams stun me with their efforts to make it across that finish line, jump from the high diving board turning and twisting with thrilling un-human maneuvers. And those gymnasts!!! Now that’s not something the average person can even think about doing.

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by Margaret Mendel


On my trip to Ireland several years ago we landed at the Dublin airport in weather that the Irish refer to as a soft day. By this they mean a rainy day. It was an early morning arrival and the dining hall in the hotel was closed. So, we fell onto our bed in the small but efficient room and took a nap.

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Christmas Cookies

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andFood,
andMargaret Mendel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel


Cookies are great to bake any time of the year, but my fondest memories of cookies are those my mother made for Christmas. The smell of butter and sugar, cinnamon, and ginger snaps will be forever embedded in my memory of the Holidays. Mom would begin to bake her cookies a couple of weeks before anyone else in the neighborhood even thought about getting started with making the holiday treats.

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A Walk Through Sing, Sing

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMargaret Mendel,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel


Some years ago on a field trip with other mystery writers I visited the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. I took the Metro North Train from Grand Central Station to Ossining where the facility is located.

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