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Three Minutes Of Deep, Dark December

A winter's day, in a deep and dark December.As I write, I am listening to Simon and Garfunkel's 1965 pseudo-superhero classic, "I am a Rock." Its lyrics start out with that couplet.So did this deer season, described in baseball parlance as an "Oh-fer." I have not shot a buck. I have not shot at ...

Christmas Letters

It's that time of year again and Christmas greetings will be going out from friends and relatives to other friends and relatives (if they haven't already gone out), many through social and technological means, and some the old-fashioned way, through the US Postal Service.I enjoy the sending of ...

A Lakewood Lens

I've written before about all the cool things being offered in this emerging "sharing economy," and I thought I'd throw a few more into the mix. These types of initiatives put people to work and help the rest of us save money, despite the fact that it wrangles the powers that be.A lot of these ...

Editor’s Note

The best weekends I've had this year involved hitting the road to see our friends from college or having them come to us.We graduated from St. Bonaventure University three and a half years ago. Nearly seven semesters have come and gone. We've been out of school for just about as long as we were ...

An Elegiac Tribute To Small-Antlered Bucks

"You can't eat the horns."I love this cliche.I have never, ever, in 59 years of hunting deer, shot a large-antlered buck, only deer with six-pronged or seven-pronged antlers.Most of my hunting was in the years when the only antler requirement was one spike antler of three inches or higher. I ...

Praise Must Be Justified

Praise. There are schools of thought that believe in doting out generous helpings of praise. Starting from infancy through the development of childhood stages up to and including adolescence and even beyond praise is seen as beneficial. Other schools of thought believe in handing out praise yet ...

Amazing Voices

In my years of watching television, going to movies and attending stage productions of plays, concerts, etc., I've heard a number of tremendously talented booming voices that make the program, film, or theatrical and/or musical extravaganza so much more poignant, chilling and entertaining.I can ...

Editor’s Note

Once again this year, my family enjoyed our new, but popular, Thanksgiving tradition. No, it wasn't shopping; I think that can wait a day at least.My mom and stepdad hosted their annual Thanksgiving breakfast, which has turned into one of the highlights of the day. For the past few years, we've ...

A Lakewood Lens

My husband is a hunter.And since I'm a meat eater and believe that maintaining the deer population is a good thing, I'm a good hunter's wife. I've never made him watch "Bambi" or refused to cook venison or lectured him about the merits of gun control. He probably wouldn't have married someone ...

Small-Town Stories Can Be Twisted, Not Hushed

I am still waiting to be bribed.Despite 50-some years of news writing, I have yet to be slipped the magical plain white envelope stuffed with crisp new bills.No, wait. Way, way back when my now-grown sons were teenage newspaper carriers, they had to collect cash from customers. Today's ...

Author Thankful For Many Things

This past year has delivered many things to my doorstep, some that weren't so good, but many things that I am very grateful for, and what better time to reflect on those things, and all the people in my life than now, when we are preparing to celebrate a holiday which focuses on sitting down ...

Remember To Give Thanks

Each year as Thanksgiving approaches I thank God for the people who came before me and made me what I am today. I sincerely believe that there are no accidents. Each and every person who came into my life came into it for a reason.As I was tossing and turning the other night in bed my ...

What Does Having A Hero Mean?

Who is your hero? When I was a pre-adolescent I wanted to be like Mickey Mantle, the New York Yankees great home run hitter. I joined a throng of neighborhood boys for regular baseball games. Hitting a home run was cause for celebration and a trip down fantasy lane. I imagined myself hitting a ...

The Pet Pen

I was in Atlanta at the end of October for the Cat Writers' Association conference and received a copy of a new Christmas DVD, "A Belle for Christmas," presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment. If you're looking for a family-friendly movie with an adorable puppy in it, this is just the movie to ...

Editor’s Note

As Thanksgiving and Christmas draw near, emails pile into my inbox like snowflakes on the driveway. My task is to shovel through story pitches from public relations agencies across the country looking for ideas.I'm sure lifestyles editors around the U.S. receive the same messages at the same ...

A Lakewood Lens

The truth is that when you drag the boxes up from the basement full of glass pumpkins and cloth napkins and the gravy server, you're dragging up history.It's your history. Your collective dust.And one year you ask yourself, "How long have I been carrying this stuff up from the basement?" and ...

Hometown History

A very recent donation reminds us that many of our readers will be thinking of and looking for recipes for the upcoming holiday season. A number of local cookbooks arrived with a few other items. In the Special Collections at the Research Center of the Fenton History Center is a collection of ...

Highlights And Happenings

This weekend, the success of the local arts community will be measured from a scale of zero to infinity.The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program will hold its 16th birthday celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday, less than two months after opening in a brand new location. The celebration will ...

The Butter, The Cup, The Can Opener: Home

Natalie got "sappy."Getting "sappy" is her description for my ventures into sentimentality. I cried when children were born, when they first went off to school, when they graduated, when they got married. Heck, I cry at sad movies or when viewing old photos of now-deceased loved ones."Dad!" my ...

View From Hickory Heights

The other night my granddaughter and I were talking. I am not exactly sure how the topic of pens came up, but it did. When I went through high school we were all using fountain pens to complete our work. The best thing about the fountain pens was the various colors of ink available. I remember ...