Viewpoints

Happy Birthday, America And Americans

There’s a question asked often as a Brain Teaser/Joke, which asks “Is there a Fourth of July in Canada (or Great Britain, or Mexico)? The answer is obviously yes, there is a fourth of July for every country which follows the Gregorian calendar. It just doesn’t have the same significance ...

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 ...

Jiminy! That Ain’t No Cricket!

The top of the growing pile on my desk included paper-clipped information telling all I needed to know about crickets. I reread their description and habits and even had three or four articles about eating them. Apparently it’s not a bad idea. Then, of course, there were the pictures I’d ...

Ivan And Tara: Part III

We’ve met Tara and Ivan Donaldson. This sister and brother were seeking a solution to alleviate individual, family and marital distress. Their father, Topel, was the CEO of a financially successful family business. All were employed, including spouses. We learned that Topel’s behaviors, ...

Family Picnics

We had many picnics while the men worked together. We just put our food together and ate wherever the men were working. There were no special foods. We just ate out at the picnic table. Fourth of July picnics usually centered around my mother-in-law’s birthday. Her birthday was actually ...

The Promise Of North Korea

Interesting things are happening on the Korean peninsula, with the thawing of relations between the United States government and that of North Korea, and recent actions indicate significant positive outcomes. This is, however, not the first time that dictators have made commitments in ...

The Lake And The Army Corps Of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had an “on again-off again” interest in Chautauqua Lake. Back in the 1950’s and early ‘60’s (when my father was on the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors) the Corps suggested the construction of a flood control project which would have involved ...

Let’s Honor America

In the list of renowned places to celebrate the Fourth of July, I think our sweet county in the Southern Tier should make the top 10. We might not have Boston’s symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” along the Charles River, but we’ve got beautiful flares ringing our lake, ...

Through The Ages, ‘The List’ Saves Marriages

For years, I feared smartphones. I am obsessive about such things. I feared that I would never talk face-to-face to another person. But that has not happened. I have even found a marvelous work-saving feature on these smartphones. It is called “the list.” I double-checked “the ...

One For The Records

It is a proven fact that with sports comes an unthinkable avalanche of statistics and numbers, etc., with records being at the top of the list. There have been so many records achieved in sports that have stood for so many years, prompting so many people to question if some, or any, of them ...

Words That Light Our Way

Last year I did some substitute teaching in our local elementary schools here in Jamestown, New York, and today some photos from such a sub day at Love School popped up on my memories section of Facebook. I reposted the photos on Facebook, and as I did I was overwhelmed by emotion. I don’t ...

Book Notes … Almost

Jeepers! It’s the Cheevers! Not. Well, I’d planned to begin a column on my latest strange wildflower with that title, continuing how I enjoyed Susan’s commentary and so many of her dad’s short stories. When I went back to get more information on the plant, I discovered far too ...

Ivan And Tara: Part II

In the last article, we met a sister, Tara, and brother, Ivan Donaldson, from New York City who spent several weeks in our region at their summer home. They traveled a week or so prior to their respective families, including their spouse and children. They reached me after calling other local ...

June Is Dairy Month

June is Dairy Month. Just what does that mean? To me it means the time when I remember all of the hard work that was part of our dairying operation. It seemed the men worked from dawn to dusk and sometimes even more than that. My husband used to say, “After the haying is done things will ...

Homecoming

In my last column I talked about how we drove to Rochester and chose a female Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We named her and spent three weeks showing friends and relatives a picture of “Tegan.” Two days before we were to pick her up, I got a cryptic email message from the breeder, asking me to ...

How To Empower The Youth

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV jointly conducted a survey of young people, aged 15 to 34, to get an idea of how politically engaged they are and how they feel about important issues. Such surveys are often biased in their questions and methodology, but the ...

The Thing About Flowers

I’m getting to the point in my life where a Coke sitting on the refrigerator shelf looks tempting at 7 a.m. I never drank coffee, so what else is a middle-aged girl supposed to do? A friend agreed with me the other day that we’re bone tired — and not the kind of tired you get from ...

Gun Control? People Control? How To Teach?

Twenty-four years ago, I had a thought about “gun control.” Back in 1994, a young guy brought a gun to an after school dance at the DuBois YMCA. My younger daughter had been at that dance. Nothing further of substance happened. The gun was taken, the youth was handled ... nobody got ...

Living The High Life

To many New York City natives, when summer hits, the weekends are spent out of town. For some, that means going “out east” to the Hamptons, located on Long Island’s South Fork. It is a string of seaside communities marked as a seasonal residence for the affluent, peppered with sandy ...