The other day, while lifting up the comforter in search of a dropped earring, I started thinking about all the things people stash under their beds. Out-of-season clothing, table leaves, ironing boards, toys, foldable exercise equipment, rolls of wrapping paper, monsters ... It’s tempting – Out of sight, out of mind! – and retailers make it even more so. That…

CHILDREN’S The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 339 pages, ($16.99) Ages 9 to 12. ... This poignant novel of love, loss and sacrifice, set in 1959 in the small town of Two Mills outside Philadelphia, comes from the author of many acclaimed novels for this age group including Newbery Medal winner “Maniac Magee. “ Twelv…

The Airport Bridge Club continues to have extra-point ACBL Junior Fund games at all of its games during the coming week. The club will have two sessions Monday on Martin Luther King Day – 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – with free lunch between games. *  *  *   The Bridge Center of Buffalo also will have extra-point Junior Fund games Tuesday through next Saturday. The club…

You'll find it on handbags and key chains. Lampshades and steering wheel covers. Bathrobes and blanket throws. In this cozy-seeking season, faux fur makes itself right at home. Whether made to imitate the fur of a real animal - or blatantly fake as in puffs of fluffy hot pink or turquoise -  you'll find faux fur in expected places such as hood trims on parkas but, oh, …

Current wisdom is that everything has changed in the world of books: how frequently people read online rather than in print, how people get their information, and what books sell. Some of these changes affect gardeners and naturalists too, but I see differences in this particular community’s relationship to books. Some books will remain on our shelves and have roles in o…

CHILDREN’S Elon Musk and The Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance; HarperCollins, 288 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 and up. Adapted for young readers. (Jan. 24 publication.) ... Journalist Ashlee Vance had exclusive access to Elon Musk and his family and friends (even his classmates from Musk’s childhood days in South Africa) for this riveting biography, adapted for…

Psychologist and author Harriet Lerner has been one of the country’s most respected relationship experts since “The Dance of Anger” was published in 1985. The New York Times bestseller sold several million copies and appeared in 25 foreign translations. It was followed by such titles as “The Dance of Intimacy,” The Dance of Deception” and “The Mother Dance…

FICTION The Nix By Nathan Hill Knopf 628 pages, $24.95 Of course, John Irving likes "The Nix" and compares Nathan Hill to Dickens. How could he not? Hill's manic energy and astounding breadth of knowledge put him right in Irving's footsteps and perhaps beyond Dickens in historical scope. Hill starts with the everyday, wanders off into every possible kind …

“Steven Spielberg: A Life in Film” by Molly Haskell, Yale University Press, 248 pages, $25. Toward the end of this book we find this about the night Steven Spielberg showed his film “Lincoln” at the Obama White House: “After a screening....he and the president got into a lively discussion in which Spielberg told Obama about how he uses technology to tell stori…

NONFICTION Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty -- An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother By Kate Hennessy Scribner 384 pages,  $27.99 Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980) was called a “great American” by Pope Francis on his recent visit to the United States. Note that the pope didn’t call her a "saint," as she is not; although the Catholic Church…

I love our white-and-black ceramic floor – except when I’m washing off the muddy paw prints for the third time in a day. Sure, mats and carpet runners help when we first bring in the dog from a walk and wipe off his paws. He patiently lifts up two of them for the wipe-down but then seems to say, “I’m outta here.” Perhaps he thinks he has two feet – not four paw…

NONFICTION The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War By H.W. Brands Doubleday 437 pages, $30 That wonderfully ambiguous document – the U.S. Constitution – the glue that has bound the great American experiment for more than 225 years, is indisputably clear when it states: “The President shall be commander in chief o…

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following the business meeting and luncheon, members will discuss and plan for their 2017-2018 yearbook as well as the club’s May flower show. New members welcome. Call 537-9710. Cinderella Isle Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Trin…

Mr. and Mrs. Shamus O’Connor of Orchard Park celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in the Catskills. Mr. O’Connor and the former Christine Pasherb were married Oct. 29, 1966, in Our Lady of Victory Basilica. He is retired from Certo Brothers. She is retired from Buffalo General/Kaleida. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. William Regan of Akron celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Regan and the former Patricia Lyons were married Dec. 31, 1966, in St. Stanislaus RC Church, Buffalo. He is a retired Local 3 bricklayer. She is retired from Wilson Greatbatch. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.