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Karen Angel
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Karen Angel is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Hudson Valley.

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A Mother Responds to the Local Sheriff's Call for Citizens to Arm Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 8:09 PM

My neighbor would like to write this op-ed, but she is too afraid.

A mother of three young children, she responded to a recent Facebook post by Ulster County, New York, Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum in which he urged "citizens of Ulster County who are licensed...

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To Shop Locally or Not to Shop Locally? That Is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:32 PM

In the Hudson Valley, where I live, I hear the mantra "shop local" so often that it has begun to seem like a religion.

I am always suspicious of anything that is pushed too hard, but in theory, it seems like a good idea. A vibrant Main Street helps make...

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Keeping a Man on Third Base and Other Lessons From Male Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Hilary and I used to break up every few months. Our relationship was as explosive as that of any drama-prone couple, except we were just friends.

Anything could set us off -- a late arrival, a sarcastic remark. Once we stopped speaking for a year after a fight escalated when...

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Why Baby Boomer Women Should Look For Lasting Love With Blue-Collar Men

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Scott provided a shot of romance in my life just when I needed one badly. We went dancing on our first date, and I loved the feel of his strong hands on my back.

Strong hands come with his job description: He's an electrician. Scott was my first blue-collar boyfriend....

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Nursing-Home Falls a Common and Preventable Cause of Death and Serious Injury

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Anyone who has had a loved one in a nursing home knows that feeling of dread when the phone rings early in the morning or late at night. It's never good news.

"I'm sorry -- your mother fell out of bed again and is on her way to the emergency...

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In the Media, Bias Persists

(14) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 7:31 PM

They are all famous: Chandra Levy, Elizabeth Smart, Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Madeleine McCann, Caylee Anthony... In addition to being victims, they all have something else in common.

They are all white.

Though we now have a black president and many more minorities in...

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