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Keeping The Faith

There are times that we travel here and there, either for family, or job, or emergency, or vacation — there are times when we are taken out of our element. During those times, there are some practices that we try to maintain the same as we do when we are in our element and go through our ...

The Mountainash

No, that isn’t a typo in the heading. The books prefer to list this tree under “M” instead of “A” though some may hyphenate the two words. I’ll stick with Mountain Ash which, honestly, doesn’t seem improper either. I’m sure the decision to order Mountain Ash trees from the ...

A Smooth Transition

Today I overheard some young parents talking about kindergarten entry. The mom said she had to pry her child off her. When she left he was in tears. When I smiled and told them that I used to teach kindergarten they asked what they could do to help him. My advice was to look through his ...

Three Cheers For Fairway Pointe Apartments

When my mother decided to move back to her hometown after living in Buffalo most of her adult life, all of her children thought it was a good idea. Why not, we thought? Squarely over 70 years old, it would be good for her to return to her roots. Throw in the fact that two of her children have ...

Calm Pastures

The barn sits at the top of the Westfield escarpment, on a winding road from Sherman to Westfield. It’s at the top of the end moraine, where the glacial left this hill 18,000 years ago in Western New York state, right at the top where the land begins its slope to Lake Erie, the great ...

Long Car Rides And Journaling Brings Clarity

Several days passed and I hadn’t heard from Esther. She had a lot to consider. I resisted the temptation to call her. My inner voice kept repeating that Esther was safe and that the decisions she faced needed time. An impulsive decision wouldn’t have my endorsement. Two days later, an ...

It’s The Most Important Meal Of The Day

How often have we been told the title above in our lives? We’ve heard it from family, from friends, from physicians, from newspaper ads and from television commercials. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Because it is so talked about these days, I thought it might be good to ...

What Did You Do With The Kids?

Summer Solstice. June 21st. “Fledgling: a young bird just fledged.” All right. Let’s go try that again: “Fledged: having the plumage or feathers necessary for flight.” Or let’s try fledge (which my computer won’t even acknowledge as a word): “to bring up (a young bird) ...

Income Inequality Continues To Grow

I consider myself a decent observer of the world because I spend a lot of time looking at it— reading news, traveling, and talking to people about the times we live in today. And many things strike me — the dysfunction of our government, the enrichment of our politicians, the division of ...

A Practice Show

I haven’t shown a dog in conformation in almost 12 years, so I’d forgotten how much needs to be packed up, even for a day. A couple of weeks ago, we took Tegan to a match for practice. Because we were all going, that meant supplies for two humans and two dogs. It’s never just a dog and a ...

Trump, Truth And A Girdle

President Trump sometimes makes me laugh. “Most of the stories that come up about me on the Google search engine are bad stories,” was the gist of one of his Twitter complaints the other day. At almost the same time, the President tweeted his belief that CNN, NBC and the Washington Post ...

Dogs Can Enjoy Pumpkins Too

Hey, readers! We’re switching angles a bit this week and going back to discussing your dog’s diet. Fall is coming. And, guess what? There’s pumpkin spice everything all over the place. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Latte. Pumpkin cookies. Literally. Everything is pumpkin. Now ...

Family History Is Not Just Name Collecting

Putting aside the planned article for this week, I am writing this as a reminder to experienced genealogists and family historians, and as a warning to those just beginning these pursuits. I got involved in a project where others had done research into a person and his family. The story was ...

Many Have Hard Time Confronting Death

What can you say when you have to call at the funeral home because your best friend’s mother died or you learned that your neighbor’s husband died or you found out that your co-worker’s son was killed in an accident or your nephew’s wife had a miscarriage? Death is an area that ...

It Is Time To Celebrate Vibrant Area Arts Scene

Welcome back. This is the space that I will now occupy in the future. I used to work here at The Post-Journal before. Some of you may remember me. Some of you may not. I wrote a column about music. I loved it because I was allowed to interact with and learn from many people. I loved ...

Area Becoming Familiar With Band

Hey, everyone! I know it’s been a while, and I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve forgotten about me by now. Heck, so many weeks have gone by since my last column it was starting to get to the point where I’d forgotten that writing a column was even an option. But rest assured, my post-paper ...

New School Year, New You

If you have children that attend public school, or you are a teacher or public administrator, I have one word for you — Congratulations! Most schools are starting up this week and ours is one of them. I know how it feels to switch from summer mode to school mode, and I know it’s not easy ...

Forestalling Fall

It’s the last week of August as I write this (did I sigh?), and something in the wind has changed. I noticed it yesterday as I walked my dog Rose. It sounded different. The sky was different. And I thought, what is that? It was the tops of trees; it was the sound of the wind rushing in from ...

The Man Of A Thousand Characters

Hollywood released what they billed as “The true story of the life and loves of Lon Chaney,” in the 1957 movie called “Man of a Thousand Faces.” Chaney was given that nickname because of the extremes he would go through to change his physical appearance for so many different film roles ...

Optical Confusions

Things are not always what they seem where I live. I hear myself adding a resounding and quite enthusiastic, “That’s for sure” to second that thought. Part of the fault rests squarely on my shoulders for I am always in such a rush (life is so short and I have so much yet to do) that I ...