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Currier & Ives. Home to Thanksgiving, 1867. (Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my readers a happy Thanksgiving–a day for family, friends, food, and cheer. Thanksgiving strikes me as the quintessential American holiday. Regardless of religion or beliefs, everyone can celebrate, consider their good fortune, and enjoy a good meal.

Reflections on an American Holiday

Many Americans celebrate July 4th with cookouts, parades, and fireworks with family and friends. For most, the holiday offers a needed respite from work and a hard-earned opportunity to indulge in food and drink. The day marks our break from the British Empire and our declaration of independence.

Looking Toward the New Year

As we enter the New Year, Another Town on the Hudson is gearing up for an exciting and challenging 2017. My first book is scheduled for publication in October 2017. Related events in Jersey City, New York, the metropolitan region, and possibly elsewhere will follow. Between now and then, various tight deadlines command my creative…

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Another Town on the Hudson wishes you a merry Christmas. Enjoy the company of family and friends. Relish the food, drink, and cheer. Listen to holiday music. Watch classic Christmas specials and movies (my favorite: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas). If you have a treasured family tradition, no matter how silly or simple, follow and share…

The City of Brotherly Love: a Brief Reflection

This past weekend, my wife and I visited Philadelphia to share an afternoon with an old friend. Instead of “visited,” I should say returned. Philadelphia was our home for nearly five years. In Philadelphia, I spent the more formative years of my young adulthood, met the woman who would become my wife, discovered the joys…

This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Americans flock to the malls and stores to take advantage of sales or fire up the grill to indulge in hamburgers and hot dogs with friends and family. That’s fine.  Yet, how many of us consider the meaning and origin of Labor Day?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy a drink and a sliver of soda bread with friends or family.  Find a genuine Irish bar wherein to celebrate the day. Listen to traditional Celtic music or read a piece of Irish literature. Or just watch The Quiet Man again. We’re all Irish today!

Merry Christmas

With its music, food, films, television specials, and assorted festivities, Christmas remains a special season. This will sound cliched and sappy, but I always feel a charge or a spell in the air in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Dear readers, I wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope that…

Happy Fourth of July!

While enjoying food, drink, friends, and family, take a moment to ponder the history of our country. Better yet, visit a park, museum, or historic site and experience it for yourself. Just finish before the fireworks begin.