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Chautauqua Watershed Notes

Whether you love them or hate them, bats are incredible creatures. At over 1,300 species, they are the second most numerous order of mammals and make up almost a quarter of the entire mammal kingdom. They live on every continent except Antarctica, and besides fruit and insects, they also eat ...

Too Much Teasing Becomes Bullying

The last article was on the subject of teasing. Teasing comes in various forms. Some teasing is light-hearted and usually well-received. Some teasing is hurtful and not well-received. Some teasing moves into an arena called "bullying." All forms might derive from family, friends, work ...

Upstate Muse

Last Sunday, my 45-year-old daughter-in-law died unexpectedly in the ER after falling ill at home late the previous night. Though she was beautiful and active, she had suffered a serious and nearly fatal stroke seven years before and had pulmonary hypertension as well as other health issues. ...

Upstate Muse

Last Sunday, my 45-year-old daughter-in-law died unexpectedly in the ER after falling ill at home late the previous night. Though she was beautiful and active, she had suffered a serious and nearly fatal stroke seven years before and had pulmonary hypertension as well as other health issues. ...

Editor’s Note

I've divulged in the past about my need for music to get through the day.I use Pandora Radio to listen to my favorite artists and songs, and can quickly purchase them through iTunes if the desire strikes.I'm constantly amazed that so many songs have been written with a combination of notes and ...

Life After Heroin

There's never a lot of good news when it comes to heroin. It's a pernicious addiction with grim statistics: In the past 14 years alone, there has been a six-fold increase in the total number of heroin overdoses. And just to be clear: In the U.S., more people - men and women in all income ...

Easter Sunday, Or The Story Of A Worried Hostess

I hosted Easter brunch this past Sunday, and I can gladly report that nothing was burnt, no one cried and we all had a very good time.Sometimes, when I host celebrations, this silly fear consumes me that somehow I will effectively ruin the day for everyone else and no one will ever want to come ...

If You Come To Visit, Stand Back

"It looks," said my dentist, "like you have been brushing a lot better lately."The irony was palpable. Chuck Reese was staring into my mouth that is beginning to resemble one of those underground caverns, great dark spaces punctuated by an occasional hanging stalactite or upthrust ...

Protection And Priorities

About a week or so into the spring training games of this 2016 Major League Baseball season, I saw a picture on some sports shows and a subsequent video on Facebook of the same event. It showed a baseball fan reaching out and deflecting a flying bat headed for the face of a young boy who may ...

The Easter Parade And Easter Bonnets

I am sure many of you remember the days of Easter bonnets. I look back at some of the pictures that were taken and I wonder, "What was I thinking?" I am sure that you remember a certain president's wife who always looked like she had the latest fashion in her little pillbox hats. There are many ...

I Do Anarchy (And You Can, Too!)

Anarchy: When you hear that word, what comes to mind? Is it crime and chaos, mobs breaking into convenient stores, motorcycle gangs and a hellish inferno rising over civilization? If your friend one day proclaimed himself an anarchist, would you consider calling the police?You would be dead ...

‘Catty’ Writers

A couple of weeks ago, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about the Cat Writers' Association and some of its members. It was a tongue-in-cheek article about the controversy over whether cats in novels should speak. Some popular authors have cats who can speak and others ...

Editor’s Note

Each time a reporter writes a story about an event in Frewsburg, I have to smile.For those who don't know, it's where I spent the majority of my childhood - on a quiet, dead-end street in the kind of neighborhood where I can only hope to raise my own children some day.Sometimes on Friday ...

Easter At 10

I was trying to explain to my daughter the other day that the average salary in the 1960s - the decade I was born - was around $5,000 a year.You'd have thought I told her dinosaurs roamed the earth at my conception. She couldn't fathom the number, especially because a mattress she just bought ...

Sproing! Spring Sprang Here, And There

Spring sprang again on Sunday.In Brookville, where we live, one might have been forgiven for thinking it was still winter. Gray, gloomy, snowy was the forecast. Yuck.In northwestern Florida, where we were, they have a different definition of "mostly cloudy." The winds along the Gulf of Mexico ...

Teasing Could Also Count As Bullying

A previous article I wrote was on the subject of bullying. I have no idea who reads the articles. Does a bully read articles or listen to media attention on the subject of bullying? I have doubts. I want to draw more attention now on the subject of teasing.Say the word "teasing" and a word ...

Another Look Back

I have always tried to recall Jamestown from my days of growing up and share that with my own children, my students and even my athletes on many occasions, as today's Jamestown has fallen victim to the suffering economy, the relocation of companies to places in other parts of the country, or to ...

All Things Spring: Thoughts On The Easter Season

The clocks were moved ahead just a week before the first day of spring this year. This day is also known as the vernal equinox. The equinox is the point where the sun crosses the equator making the hours of daylight equal to the hours of darkness all over the earth.This year, the first day of ...

At Trump Rallies, Regressive Left Rears Its Hideous Head

As Donald Trump closes in on the presidential nomination, his rallies have become increasingly beleaguered by thousands of protesters. A rally in Chicago was canceled due to safety concerns from protesters. One weekend in Ohio, a man "yelling, screaming and flailing his arms" jumped the barrier ...

From Sugar To Digital Luggage: New Trends

It's no secret that I'm often prosaic about the past, missing my Grandmother's kitchen and ruminating about the modern landscape. But I also get excited about trends - those things that signal a sea change in the way we think or approach ordinary tasks. I've been collecting my favorites and I ...