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Life with Siri, Alexa & Google: Do you ever wonder if technology helps us — or rules us?

Column: Don’t misunderstand me, I love technology. But there comes a time when too much is simply too much, don’t you think? 

Beware the scam artists constantly devising new ways to rob the most vulnerable among us

Scammers slither and worm their way into the lives of the most vulnerable, causing irreparable harm. New column from Celia Marszal-Iannelli

Is age just a number? The question looms large when a ‘significant’ birthday is coming up

Is age really just a number? Facing what her kids tell her is a 'significant' birthday, Celia Iannelli grapples with the age-old question.

The North Fork is changing. Can ‘locals’ and ‘newcomers’ peacefully co-exist?

Reflections on coping with the clash of cultures, class and expectations, as our region booms. Column by Celia Marszal-Iannelli.

Wow, I didn’t see that coming: blindsided by betrayal

In most cases, we will experience a moment where the situation becomes clear. We may experience a flashback that is so powerful that we can see everything that was wrong. We simply didn’t want to believe it or see it.

Amidst the pandemic, an epidemic of loneliness

We rarely discuss it, but loneliness affects a lot of people, with consequences to mental and physical health. And you don't have to be alone to feel lonely or isolated.

The special bond of love we share with our grandchildren

We are creating a chain of love linking the past to the future.

When Cupid’s arrow has a poisoned tip

The signs of a toxic or abusive relationship can be subtle, but pay attention.

Let’s cool down the rhetoric and reconnect with the meaning of the holiday season

Can we take another look at the meaning behind our celebrations? Can we be the salt of the earth and bring out the true flavor of what it is to be truly alive? Can we dispel the sins of hatred and intolerance?

Thanksgiving? It’s complicated, but nothing’s simple any more

With families scattered around the country or around the world, holiday plans have gotten complicated.