Viewpoints

A Minor Problem

I have talked before about Minor’s accompanying me when I walked down for the morning papers. It’s a long trek — I believe I’ve counted one hundred and thirty-some steps on a lovely spring day. It takes longer of course when my route is icy and/or snowy. The paper tubes are too ...

Dig Out The Sleds!

Well, we finally have enough snow for the sleds. Sleds have always played an important part in winter entertainment as far as I am concerned. I grew up with a small sled with metal runners that you could steer. My grandfather built a box for me to ride in when I was small. There are many ...

Now Playing In Puerto Rico

“He who excuses himself, accuses himself.” — Puerto Rican proverb More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democrat Members of Congress attended a “winter retreat” last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The ...

Emulate Things Right And Good

Those who proclaim the socialist gospel have gotten a lot of press in the past few years. Bernie Sanders ran his presidential election campaign on the strength of his socialist credentials, which are reflected mostly in his lifelong non-productive lifestyle. One of his vocal acolytes, Alexadria ...

Ask Good Questions

I have received quite a few emails on my column of Jan. 5, which was a response to an editorial written by a former Lakewood resident who questioned my assertion that the mainstream press was “wayward.” I always appreciate feedback and welcome differing points of view. Discourse and ...

The Good Life: A Few Phone Numbers, A Zillion Passwords

How many telephone numbers can you recall? The question evokes memories for those of us age 50 and older - and puzzled stares from young’uns. These days, nobody memorizes telephone numbers. We store the numbers within our smartphones, finger-tapping a name or nickname to make a ...

Looking Back: Grocery Shopping Through The Decades

Where did you last buy groceries? Most likely it was from a supermarket or possibly a convenience store. A few generations ago, groceries came from the smokehouse, the springhouse, the root cellar, and the garden. As settlements grew and there was a concentration of people, stores selling ...

Canine Companion: Obesity May Damage Dogs’ Organs

Hey, guys. This week we’re going to dive right in and talk about canine obesity. Before we do, I want to remind you that I am a Canine Behaviorist/Psychologist and Scientific Researcher, not a Veterinarian. Every medical decision should be discussed with your veterinarian prior to ...

Flying Solo: Czech It Out

Do you ever feel like you just want to escape from everyday life or step back in time? If you’re up for it, I suggest taking the trek to an enchanted town in Eastern Europe just a mere 4,000 miles away in Prague. First on the list, you must stop in Cesky Krumlov, located in the South ...

A Well-Adjusted Teen Gets Referral

Welcome to the third of a three-part vignette. At the first session, we met Shirl and Brian, parents of Austin and Elise. They provided an overview of the circumstances leading the school principal and guidance counselor to suggest family counseling and anger management counseling for Austin. ...

Who Friended You?

We live in a world of technology today, but you don’t have to be told that. With Instant communications like email, texting, hash tagging, with phone cams, Snapchat, selfies, selfie sticks, and with the development of Facebook, and more, we’ve seen things like the outdating of hand written ...

Bringing It Home

I welcomed it most enthusiastically into my home on November 7th. Oh all right, so it was a pickup. No objection (obviously) and I was happy to carry it into the house. OK, so what is it? A bird’s nest, obviously. Oriole was my first thought till I could find no opening. So it had to ...

Hobbies Have Function

I read somewhere that people who have hobbies are happier than those who do not. That makes sense to me because hobbies have that calming effect. My hobbies include reading, knitting, making cards, and writing. All of the above make for a calming effect on me. Some of them are more ...

Making Resolutions With Your Pet

It’s customary for people to make resolutions at the first of the year and for many people, those resolutions are broken early in the year. I rarely make a resolution about my own life. I’m fairly content, and I know from experience that a resolution to “eat fewer sweets” isn’t going ...

The Latest Culprit

There’s always something new on the horizon when it comes to health-usually something that contradicts what we learned last month or even yesterday. I think most of us get confused about what to eat and how to live, so we get in the car and head to McDonalds and contemplate our plight ...

The Good Life: Better Writing Tools But Much Less Certainty

The mental process that I use in writing these columns has not changed a lot in 50 years. But what I write has changed a lot. So has the technology. A half-century ago, I pounded keys downward on a manual typewriter. They flipped levers upward, smashing shapes for each letter through an ...

A Fuller Heart: A New Year, A New You?

I feel like the days are just flying by at this point, dear readers. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and hasn’t stopped since the holidays. Christmas was a beautiful time of family and friends, and we greeted the New Year with joy and thanksgiving for what is to come. I hope your ...

How Do We Save Rural America?

There was a recent article in the Times (December 15th) by Eduardo Porter addressing the “hard truths” of what is happening in rural America. It was compelling in the sense that it brought home the story of what I see happening here in Chautauqua County. Some of the facts it stated ...

Finding Places For Civil Discourse

As we close out another contentious year in our nation’s history, we face troubling divisions in our politics, increases in hate crimes and growing disdain for those with views different than our own. Civility is under attack and we need to create more opportunities and safe places for ...