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Ripley and RupnikEffie Caldarola

If you're looking for a creepy, unsettling thriller to stream, "Ripley" fills the bill. Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the edgy film starring Andrew Scott ...

The mental health crisis crosses all boundaries and ages Effie Caldarola

It was hard to find joy in the day. Rain pelted the morning windows incessantly. I burrowed under the covers and, grasping for gratitude, told myself it was good we were getting needed moisture. After ...

'All the leaves are brown'Effie Caldarola

''All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray." As we lean into another Advent, that opening line of "California Dreamin''' plays in my head. I love the Mamas and the Papas 1965 ...

Before Roe v. Wade Effie Caldarola

I went to high school before Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to abortion and an absolute right during the first trimester. In early May, ...

Lessons from Monte CassinoEffie Caldarola

The hairpin turns were gasp-inducing, especially to someone afraid of heights. As we climbed higher and higher, I alternated between covering my eyes and then peeking out at the remarkable landscape unfolding ...

Guard the net Effie Caldarola

When my daughter Maria was a senior in high school, the girls' hockey coach asked her to be the goalie for the team. This might seem a reasonable request except for one thing: Maria didn't play hockey. ...

The face in the mirrorEffie Caldarola

When my granddaughter Alice was just months old, she would lie on a blanket, surrounded by a plastic toy structure that had colorful objects hanging from it. When the structure was jiggled, things would ...

Picture this Effie Caldarola

I am on a decluttering kick, spurred on by months of being a virtual prisoner in my own house. I have bags full of clothes to give away, books someone else may enjoy, junk that needs to be pitched. Most ...

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