Northeast Times

 Articles by Sally Friedman

Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate family

It’s the season. The riotous preparations, the rush of homecomings and the 21-pound turkey — all will be taking center stage in our household, and probably yours, this week.


Fifty years after the bullet that changed us

For a generation of us, he was the gallant knight — handsome, brave, smart and charming. The smile, the athleticism, the sweet way he showed his affection for Caroline and little John-John…all of it captivated us.


Halloween cannot be escaped for long

One of the sobering realities of growing older is the recognition that there are paths you’ll never wander again — that you swore you’d never want to.


Conquering the jungle gym on an autumn afternoon

It was an early autumn afternoon, and it was just the two of us at Jonah’s backyard jungle gym. This grandson, with the thatch of dark brown hair, always has had a special place in my heart because he is in that unenviable middle child position in a family of three boys.


It’s time to confront the ‘100 Thing Challenge’

The project is so monumental that we’ve put if off for eight years. And that’s a lot of procrastinating.


The time is finally here for fall fashion

I try to resist.


The New Year: Looking forward, looking back

The extra leaves for the dining room table have been dusted off and jammed into place. The 18 unmatched chairs are being assembled around that table in a dining room that seems to have shrunk since last Rosh Hashanah. A huge brisket is in the freezer, hogging up space.


A story that couldn’t get any cornier

Our neighbors are down the shore.


Trying to sort through all that baggage

When my husband and I left on our honeymoon decades ago, we proudly carried the matched luggage that his sister had given us as a gift. The two suitcases were handsome indeed — a strong leather set in pale taupe with shiny locks.


Journey to honor a stepdad on Father’s Day

His name was Irv. I was so predisposed to dislike him that I even found fault with his name.