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Margaret Mendel

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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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

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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

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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

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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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Apples

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


In my mind fall is apple time. I grew up on a farm in Washington State and my most favorite thing to do in the fall was to sit in the old apple tree growing on the edge of our property when the apples came ripe. I would sit in a low-slung branch, bent like a welcoming arm and dream for hours about what I would do when I grew up. I looked into the branches overhead, listening to the gentle breeze rustling the leaves making them tickle the fat, red apples. Back then I believed anything was possible.

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Haunted

IN THE October 29 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel



Most people picture houses when they think of something haunted. They see dark, old creaky, rotting wooden stairways, and locked rooms that groan and whisper in deserted houses overgrown with weeds and twisted vines crawling up the sides of the walls. These are the places people usually think are haunted. I used to believe that too, but not any more.

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by Margaret Mendel


In the middle of the Bronx, situated on a triangular shaped spit of land named Poe Park, bordered by three busy streets, sits the last residence of Edgar Allan Poe. This month will mark the 162nd year since his death and yet this clapboard cottage still stands and is now under the custodial care of the Bronx Historical Society. In 1980 the cottage was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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by Margaret Mendel


Pumpkins frequently appear in literature, too, and here are just a few instances. There is of course, Cinderella and her grand pumpkin carriage. For many years Charles M. Schulz delighted us with his Peanuts cartoon strip and Linus’ belief in the Great Pumpkin. There is the pumpkin throwing Headless Horseman in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. And most recently pumpkins have appeared in the Harry Potter books and movies where the students of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry partake of a favorite beverage, pumpkin juice.

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What A Pig!

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


Fette Sou (fat pig in German) is a BBQ joint wedged between a graffiti scrawled apartment building and the parking lot of Frank’s Auto Repair Shop in New York. I’d describe it as a Brooklyn Hipster hangout with an attitude of ‘we’ll do it our way’.

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Like most New Yorkers I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when the 9-11 disaster occurred. It is etched in my memory forever. So much has happened in my life since then I thought perhaps the impact of that day might have lost of its potency.

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Corn

IN THE September 10 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


When my sisters and I were nine and ten years old it became our job in late summer to follow mom into the steamy pathways between the rows of corn. My sisters and I each dragged a huge metal bucket, kicking up dust, while we filled those heavy containers with the ears of corn mom said were ‘ready’.

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by Margaret Mendel


The sky was heavy with storm clouds when I got into my old Toyota and headed for the Village. The temperature had been miserably hanging around the 90s in New York City for over a week and I looked forward to a good rainstorm to cool things down.

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The Tomato

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


The tomato offers year round enjoyment. In the summer, the tomato helps to cool the weary chef on hot sweltering days when it is freshly sliced and put into a crisp salad or lightly sautéed with garlic and mushrooms and folded into prepared pasta.

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WATER – WATER

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andGoing Green,
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by Margaret Mendel & Diana Hockley


Water can easily be taken for granted. We turn on the faucet and water quickly runs from the tap. And when there are rows of bottled water in the grocery store it’s hard to believe that the fresh water we expect to always be there might someday become a scarce commodity. But that is exactly what scientists are beginning to predict.

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What is the Slow Food Movement?

IN THE July 16 ISSUE

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andGoing Green,
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by Margaret Mendel


The Slow Food Movement is an international movement that began in Italy in 1986 as an endeavor to keep a McDonald’s from opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In that year a Slow Food Manifesto was signed by delegates from fifteen countries in protest against big international business interests. The Movement now has over 100,000 members in 132 countries with hundreds of regional chapters around the world.

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