01/08/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | If you think you're getting scammed, call the police.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | If you think you’re getting scammed, call the police.

I’m Ishmael again, here with more cautionary tales and warnings, although still no whales sighted, white or otherwise.

Instead, I bring you government alarms sent out by the attorney general of the State of New York, trying to protect us all against certain scams. These warnings are especially addressed to the elderly, a word I hate, by the way. The “other grandmother” in our family claims she would rather be referred to as “an old coot” than “an elderly woman” and I totally agree. But we can settle on “older Americans” and there are a lot of us here on this Island. So heads up and pay attention! (more…)

01/03/16 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | New year dawning for telephone scams.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | New year dawning for telephone scams.

I’m Ishmael again, here with more cautionary tales and warnings, although still no whales sighted, white or otherwise.

Instead, I bring you government alarms sent out by the attorney general of the State of New York, trying to protect us all against certain scams. These warnings are especially addressed to the elderly, a word I hate, by the way. (more…)

10/31/15 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is my fall display, which I dearly love. The greens are my own, the gourds are from the IGA and the berries from my pyracantha, which did indeed recover. Isn’t fall glorious?

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is my fall display, which I dearly love. The greens are my own, the gourds are from the IGA and the berries from my pyracantha, which did indeed recover. Isn’t fall glorious?

This is my last my last garden column.

It’s been great fun being with you all these years. After all, even if I don’t write a garden column, I still shop in the IGA and go to the gym and that’s where many of you stop me to ask questions. I hope you’ll go right on doing that.

Now, to reminisce just a little … (more…)

10/18/15 11:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Down the garden path: Rosemary Sanwald, Peter and Kate Topliff and Toby were the first ones down the path cleared by the Vinebusters crew in Sachem's Woods last week.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Down the garden path: Rosemary Sanwald, Peter and Kate Topliff and Toby were the first ones down the path cleared by the Vinebusters crew in Sachem’s Woods last week.

I’m assuming your bulb order has been sent, as mine has been and that you’re getting ready for the fall roundup. The next column will be my last — not only for the year but for good.

There’s a lot to do, but with the cool, brisk sunlit weather of fall, it actually feels good to be outside and working. (more…)

10/04/15 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO There are different varieties of solidago, otherwise known as goldenrod. I have several plants of a lovely arching type with tiny flowers but love the wild ones that are blooming everywhere now. Here they are, cut for the house.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO There are different varieties of solidago, otherwise known as goldenrod. I have several plants of a lovely arching type with tiny flowers but love the wild ones that are blooming everywhere now. Here they are, cut for the house.

Fall began last week. The evenings are wonderfully cool and the mornings are at least a little dry. Here and there leaves are beginning to turn and I have laid a fire in the fireplace, although I haven’t lit it yet.

But a glass of wine on the deck (with cat) ends earlier than it did. Sad? Not really. Every season lasts a little too long for me, which may be another way of saying I simply need to be less impatient. (more…)