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Oh! That Candy

We all know what candy corn is so what, beyond wanting to salute this Halloween treat, is there to say? OK - the 30th is National Candy Corn Day.Predictably, I turn to the internet and am immediately waylaid into a serious detour.Internet: do I cap it or not? The source itself tells me that ...

One Color Of Fall Is Orange

These days as you look around when you shop you are bombarded with the color orange. No, it is not in fashion this year, but there are pumpkins everywhere getting ready to be carved for Halloween and for those autumn decorations.When my grandson was young his father started him on a pumpkin ...

In And Out Of Season, Chautauqua

Off season, Chautauqua Institution takes on a new life. The streets are quiet. One can drive the lovely lanes and the lake road and see almost no one. The lucky annual residents must revel in their great good luck to live in a place so beautiful every turn looks like a movie scene. I love ...

Full Collapse Of Emotions

I remembered feeling silly last week standing there on East Second Street staring at that building that had partially collapsed. Half the building had simply fallen into itself. I guess that's what buildings do sometimes.Yet I was fascinated by it, like many others apparently were as evident by ...

The Nature Of Halloween

Halloween, as I recall, was a day for friends to scare each other with nature's creepy crawlies - spiders, snakes and bats. And often those fears lasted a lifetime. We all know people who recoil at the sight of these critters.Spiders are probably the most notorious of the three because we find ...

From China To Lakewood

When Morgan Hatrick moved to China from the United States, he was looking for something new. He's part of a new breed of people in the world who think globally - people who look for opportunities in other countries, who aren't shy about crossing borders and starting a new life somewhere ...

Tax Dollars Well Spent

There sat Greg with a cardboard 'Birthday Boy" crown on his head, his tongue attempting to lick the orange glob of pumpkin colored birthday cake frosting at the corner of his mouth."Do you want another piece, Greg?" asked Chelsea, one of the caregivers in his group home."OK," said Greg, whose ...

This Is A Wonderful Time Of Year

This past Sunday, my pastor played the last few minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life," which sent me into a spiral of wishing it were Christmas.If you haven't seen the movie, I won't ruin it for you, but you have to watch it at least once in your life. You'll fall in love with the main character, ...

Julie Adams Revisits The Black Lagoon

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1954 film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid - ...

Our Chief Executives

Well, we are living in calendar year 2016, and it marks another leap year, another Summer Olympic Games come and gone, some thought of maybe another World Championship for the San Francisco Giants (they won the World Series in years 2010, 2012, and 2014 before they bowed out of the playoffs a ...

Beauty Is Only How Deep?

I acquired a pup with a skin problem.It was one of the conditions of my accepting him - "as is," as it were. I figure we're all a little different - unique, strange if you will. He certainly fit that bill but came with a heart big enough to more than compensate for any drawbacks - and an ...

Jeans — The Original Work Clothes

I must admit that a pair of jeans is my go-to outfit. I have a drawer full of jeans in all colors to blend with my wardrobe. I even have the short pants in jeans material that I wear all summer unless it is in the nineties that is.Jimmy Carter gets credit for the popularity of jeans as a ...

Recollections Of Bemus

Sometimes a pretty place is more than a place. Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote, "I was there. Me in place and the place in me." Place stays with us. It's a part of us. It illuminates memory half a century past. Bemus Point is that kind of place for me. The tourists of summer have gone now. It's ...

Celebrating Halloween With Your Pets

I love fall and decorating with Indian corn, and pumpkins and I love the Halloween decorations of jack-o-lanterns, and black cats. If you have pets, though, you need to consider how well your decorations and your pets mix.For instance, I love bittersweet, but bittersweet berries don't love cats ...

I Came For The Food, Not The Dancing

I don't like to dance.I'm not very good at it, so maybe that's why I don't like to. When I go to a wedding it is the elephant in the room. I know at some point my wife is going to ask me and I know I can't say "no."When our household decides to sign our life away to a cable provider I feel like ...

In Defense Of Stuff

I went up into the attic the other day, and if attics could talk this one would tell you that as I climbed the stairs, I had this look on my face that told all the stuff up there that I meant business.I was armed with boxes and tape and heavy duty garbage bags and an idea that I was going to be ...

Games Without Frontiers

We may not always realize it, and we certainly don't always know how to see it, but there is some definite movement happening in our underground music scene. It's no secret that bands come and go, but the tried and true musician knows how to keep playing at all times - no matter with who. In ...

Childhood Slavery Freed By New Tools

I was an enslaved child. We all were, back in the 1940s. At Grandma's house, we wee ones picked rocks, tugged at weeds, held stuff and moved stuff when the older folks harvested crops. At our own house, Dad made a mid-career switch from welding to college student. To get through more quickly, ...

Trick Or Treat: Halloween Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

In the spirit of the season, I recently introduced my daughter to the Harry Potter Trivia game my dad got me for Christmas many moons ago. We recently watched the first Harry Potter movie, and even though we had to skip over some parts as they were a little much for my kiddo, she enjoyed it ...