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Start Implementing Doga Into Your Dog’s Routine

Hello, everyone! It’s that time again… time for our weekly column. This week I want to discuss something one of my employees brought to my attention. It’s something I never really thought about, until now. She brought to my attention how much yoga, or doga rather, helps both us and our ...

If You Can, Name That Show

There are certain television shows from our past (and some in the present through syndication) that were/are identifiable by a tag line, or a line used over and over in individual episodes, or a part of their theme song, or a specific line from a particular episode. With this in mind, thought ...

Tom Erlandson Overview Park Is Somewhere To Unwind

If you stand at the viewing platform on the top of Erlandson Observatory hill, you can literally look back into time and history. And as you stand there, under your feet beneath the white and yellow daisies flowering amidst the swaying alfalfa, are rocks and debris left by an ancient glacier. ...

For Last 24 Years, Life At Hickory Heights Has Been Interesting

It is hard to believe that I have been writing this column for twenty-four years. That means that I have produced 2451 columns to date. If you do the math you will discover that I subtracted one because one column encored when my husband was in Cleveland and I did not get home. That means that ...

Old Friend Asks For Help

A friend of mine called me one snowy morning. She asked to meet me about a family matter. She came by my office with offerings of breakfast food. While we made haste of bagels, lox and cream cheese complimented with fruit and her special home-brewed tea, Nellie talked about her first cousins. ...

Horseradish, In Any Form, On My Plate, I Think I’ll Pass

I was introduced to horseradish at a far too early age. Family dinners frequently, as my brother and I grew older, took us across the state border to a beloved restaurant. Somewhere along the way I discovered sweetbreads so who was I to complain about any food? Easy. My mother preferred ...

Corgi Decor

Besides the fact that I am apparently unable to have any other kind of dog besides a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in spite of having a chance to get a lovely Miniature American Shepherd, it’s probably a good thing we have another Corgi, because much of my decor revolves around Corgis. For ...

Journey With ‘The Wish’

On May 7, 2018, Gregory Counts learned he was a free man. He was going to walk out of prison soon in street clothes and take a good look at the world after 26 years behind bars. He could only imagine how the world had changed since his incarceration in 1992. Smart phones and wireless internet ...

Please Do As I Say, Not As I’ve Done

As we try and go through our daily grind and stay ahead of the upkeep on home, auto and medical expenses, we sometimes find ourselves feeling kind of invincible and sometimes take personal risks with our own physical and mental health, because our plates are full and our schedules are ...

Musings On A Headstone: Father’s Day

Recently, I sat atop my father’s headstone at Lake View Cemetery in the damp mist of a rainy morning before Father’s Day. My sister had planted some red and white geraniums. Someone else had left a white pot filled with a pretty green plant I could not identify. I could not imagine who had ...

The Strangest Nester

It seems quite customary for a robin to create a nest on a drainpipe just beyond my front door. Do you suppose it’s the same family (or same mother perhaps) who returns each year to stake her claim to this particular piece of metal? Now she flies off a wee bit, settling in a nearby tree to ...

No Wrong Door/NY Connects Offers Assistance, Information For Aging Services

Hello, Friends. My name is Judy and I am here to introduce you to a program in Chautauqua County that is available to everyone regardless of age, income or disability. The program is called No Wrong Door/NY Connects. This program offers unbiased assistance, referrals and information ...

Returned From A Week’s Break

I just returned from a week at Chautauqua Institution. If you have never visited there it is time that you did. Sunday is a free day. All you have to pay is for parking. What a great time to let the children and grandchildren see this center for the arts. Last Sunday was a day to remember. ...

Like Coffee Through The Filter, So Are The Days Of Our Lives

Lost in all the madness of Lebron heading to the Lakers and Tavares heading to the Maple Leafs is the fact that I’m leaving The Post-Journal! Talk about burying the lede ... In all seriousness, I’m excited to announce a new chapter in my life. For my entire career as an able-bodied ...

The Grandest Time

I found a book the other day at the Lakewood Library on the grand old hotels that dotted the lake in the early to late 19th century. All but two of the 19 magnificent structures featured in the book were demolished or burned, which to me is the real story. I get the sense that people in those ...

How To Prevent Your Dog From Chewing

While sitting here pondering what I would write for all of you this week, I realized there is another question I am continuously asked. Why do dogs appear to get so much enjoyment out of destroying their toys ... or even their favorite toy? When they are puppies, it makes perfect sense to ...

Headlong Flight

Hi, again! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. At the writing of this article, the holiday is still a future event and I’ve not yet decided how mine is going to be spent. But by the time we’re all seeing this in print I’ll be able to tell you all about it and I’m choosing to ...

Tuscany, Take Me Away

The other day I had the opportunity to dine for the first time at the Italian restaurant downtown, Sauce. I’d heard rave reviews of the place and was intrigued to see if it actually lived up to the hype. My friend Justine and I were excited to have a girls’ night where we could carbo-load ...

A Special Grandchild Delight: ‘Bark—Sausages!’

Earlier this year, I stifled sniffles when Nick, now 31, called to convey genuine concern and determined optimism about my recovery from a medical malady. Nick is my first grandchild. Last year near Christmastime, I cried as I held Aurora, then about six months old. She is my first ...