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What Is Left Of Summer?

Now that you’ve eaten peaches, piles of corn and all of that watermelon, what is left of summer? You’ve been on your neighbor’s boat by now, slurped a Rocker on a rocker at the Hotel Lenhart, and read a dog-eared book on your porch. You caught a concert at Chautauqua Institution, walked ...

The Ultimate Speed Date In Florida

Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and you just have to make the most of it. A few months back I had booked a week off from work to camp at Yosemite in August with a friend. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other intentions and canceled that possibility, leaving me with all of this ...

Why Esther Doesn’t Love Adam

Last vignette, we met Adam and he began to explore his anger masked as general irritability, grumpiness and cussing. Now in retirement, he was able to touch in with the source of his experience. A secondary effect to his moodiness was brought to light by Esther, his wife. She had dealt with ...

August Stirs Up Remembrancers Of Fluvanna

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” —William Faulkner The curved shore straightens out to a river’s genesis. The vast maples, surviving elms, and majestic willows drape the lakeside, and as the land rises, steeply, hickory, lilac and wildflowers festoon it. In July ...

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas In July?

After jumping from winter right into summer, with no real spring to speak of, summer has brought with it the fires of “h-e-double toothpicks,” forcing many to crank up their central air conditioning, or their window air conditioners, or their ceiling fans, window fans, box fans or ...

Guarding The Phlox

The phlox was so gorgeous this year that I not only pointed it out to guests but photographed it time after time. I do wish more than one blossom grew at the end of each tall stalk but, OK, if that’s what it does, I can accept it. Last night I looked up phlox on various websites and was ...

Adventures With Our Pets

It has been a long time since I have written about our pets. When I was growing up I was not allowed to have any pets so moving to the farm with the opportunity to have them was a big deal for me. I have more than fulfilled my desire for pets having been a mother to several wild pets plus a ...

What A Biscuit Tastes Like

A simple biscuit has changed my life. Or at least reaffirmed what I feel about the nature of modern food. I walk through the aisles of certain grocery stores and I don’t see real food-the kind that will taste good but that will also nourish your body and soul, look lovely on your plate and ...

Making Vet Visits Fear-Free

I knew of the Fear Free initiative developed by Dr. Marty Becker to take the stress and fear out of veterinary visits but until we got Tegan my interest was academic. Everything Becker said made sense, but not in a personal way. While the veterinary practice we use is not certified Fear Free, ...

Animal Cruelty Or Sensible Caution?

Here is the lead paragraph of a recent news story: DENVER (AP) — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world’s largest meat producer drew prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry ...

Check Labels On Your Pet’s Commerical Dog Food

Hello, all! This week let’s take a look at canine nutrition from a different angle. There is a lawsuit in the news this week against commercial dog food. And, it’s definitely worth discussing here. What’s the lawsuit about? Well, it’s about something we talked about some time ago. ...

Making Time for God

We lead such busy lives, don’t we? We spend many hours of our day working inside or outside of the home, make dinner, clean the house, get groceries, try to visit with family and friends, have family time, have me time and all the other events and activities that we have to squeeze into a ...

Learning To Live With Nature

“I cannot but have reverence for all that is called life. I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of morality.” — Albert Schweitzer, quoted in Reverence for Life We live in an area abundant with wildlife, plant life and ...

‘Take My Wife … Please’

No. It’s not what you think. Sally and I are fine — terrific, actually. The title above is part of a stand-up comedy act performed by the great comedian, Henny Youngman, who got his Show Business break in 1937. Youngman never retired and continued performing up until his final days in 1998, ...

Jays In The Nest

Thursday, just after noon, her nest is empty. I figured she’d stepped out to take care of . . . well, you know. Expectant mother and all that. But, while I was watching, Dad flew in, probably ready to share lunch. Between the way he quizzically turned his head from side to side and the ...

I Imagine!

Last weekend I watched a movie on television. That is something that I do not often do, but I had heard this movie advertised and wanted to see it. When I noticed it on television I decided it was cheaper to purchase it that way rather than go to the movies or to buy a DVD. The movie was ...

Take A Breath: We’re Halfway Through Summer

It should be against the law to complain about summer in Western New York, and so you won’t find me complaining about it here. But we have squarely reached the half-way mark of summertime, and oh, right about now, you may be feeling the tiniest bit of summer fatigue if you had to be honest ...

Everyone Should Have Their Pets Microchipped

When we brought Tegan, our Corgi puppy, home from the breeder, we came home with more than just a supply of food and a couple of chew toys; we came home with a puppy who had been microchipped. We’ve always microchipped our dogs since the first chips for pets became available in 1991. (Texas ...

Anti-Theft Car Alarm Has A Different Result

Everybody in America knows the significance of BRLATT! BRLATT! BRLATT! That infamous horn signal is associated with “anti-theft” systems installed on most cars and light trucks made since the mid-1980s. Since the mid-1980s, I have hated those car alarms as annoying and ...

Don’t Worry If Your Dog Gets Ridiculously Excited

Hey, guys! I’m happy to be with you for yet another week answering all your dog-related questions. Have you ever had a dog who was so ridiculously excited to see you (or someone else) when you walked in the door that she peed? Yeah, me too. And, so many other dog lovers have had this ...