09/23/17 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A scene during Superstorm Sandy from October 2012

REPORTER FILE PHOTO A scene during Superstorm Sandy from October 2012.

As the second monster hurricane of the season was set to strike American shores, we were out sailing on Little Peconic Bay with a friend, a long-time resident of Miami Beach who sold her home on that built-up barrier island to moved to higher ground in Florida. (more…)

09/22/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

Cur is ailing.

The canine cardiologist has confirmed the vet’s diagnoses of pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure, which may be slowed but can’t be reversed or cured. Cur may have a year. (more…)

09/22/17 10:00am
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

I remember many years ago when I was growing up in the city, the only chickens I ever saw were wrapped in brown paper and available in the neighborhood butcher shop.

Chicken was a good protein staple that appeared on the table roasted for a Sunday dinner or in pieces or cutlets for a weekday meal. I never remember any worries about disease. The meat I remember having to be careful of was pork. Trichinosis was the problem with under-cooked pork. It went without saying  that chicken was always cooked thoroughly.  (more…)