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CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

World War II On My Mind

I’ve been thinking a lot about World War II lately. Particularly, of course, because of the rapidly diminishing number of WW II veterans, here in Putnam and nationwide. Almost all are in their 90s now, some older. And every year, inexorably, there ar… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username […]

Santa Says: ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!’ We Add: ‘And a Bottle of Rum!’

(Hot Buttered Rum)

 I have to add another layer of confession to last week’s column, “The Cookie Confession.” In that heart-felt mea culpa, I confessed that, in my long and happy years in the kitchen, I have not ever baked cookies. Not ever. BUT, prompted by My Bo… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

A Wonderful Season – Cunningham’s Corner

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The beginning of Hanukkah and the beginning of Advent coincided this year, down to a few hours anyway. All over Putnam County, our places of worship are making ready. And in Carmel, Saturday was a banner day of church festivals, chowder eating, lights and caroling. And today, Tuesday, will see the menorah lighting opposite the Reed Library. A concert begins […]

The Cookie Confession

(and Three Festive Possibilities)

I recently was compelled to share a bit of horrifying news with My Boss. I think he has recovered from the shock by now, so, in the interest of honest reporting, I will pass along the alarming information to you, my faithful readers. I don’t bake … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to […]

Food for Thought: Great Gifts to Purchase Locally

(and Gingerbread Cookies)

 We all end up going to the mega-mall at some time or another to purchase items like snow boots. And we have to go to the gigantagrocery store for things like paper towels. But now that it is holiday shopping time, isn’t it more fun to stroll do… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier […]

Thanksgiving Stew – Cunningham’s Corner

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Now that I have downloaded sufficient books and podcasts to my phone, it is, naturally, not storming. But I am prepared, believe you me. I have a few more recommendations at the end. I hope you had a wonderful holiday: That the kids were home, there was peace at the table and the water stayed on (it was a close […]

Bullies At the School Board?

Dear Editor, On Oct. 2, 2018, the Carmel School Board was handed its second defeat in its proposal for an excessive spending bond referendum. In the last ten months the voters have spoken twice, advising the school board that they are opposed to thes… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Snow, Warnings & Overconfidence

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I drive a good bit while commuting, so podcasts and Audible, and my library’s audio book app, are invaluable. One recent listen that now seems prescient was the Audible short from Michael Lewis, on the Coming Storm. Among other queries it posed, why don’t people pay attention to tornado warnings? There’s a lot more in there, including about the possible […]

A Family Thanksgiving Tradition

(and THE recipe for Easy, Juicy Turkey)

  Does your family have a Thanksgiving tradition? Do the little ones decorate the table? Does Aunt Martha bring her famous pies? Is Uncle Ernie forbidden to bloviate about world affairs? Does everyone take a stroll after eating? Be sure to tell yo… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Sometimes, It’s the Basics

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So it came to be that I found myself Friday morning next to the grapes at a Stop & Shop grocery store in Mahopac, not far from the cut fresh fruit and mere feet away from the vineripened tomatoes. Because who doesn’t want a vineripened tomato? And if you didn’t know you wanted one, by golly, you would want one […]


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