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America’s Favorite Dessert

There was no doubt about it my husband loved ice cream. After barn chores were done especially in the summer months he enjoyed a big bowl of ice cream. I do not think he had any favorite flavor. He liked them all. He did not even like sundaes all that well.It is no accident that the American ...

Beat The Heat

We've had some pretty hot days recently and the summer's far from over. On Facebook, there are lots of reminders about not leaving your pet in a closed car, as well as what you should do if you see a dog in distress in a car. Although it's a tempting thought to break a window, or try to open a ...

Editor’s Note

I'm consistently amazed by the way life twists and turns in all sorts of different directions.One day, it can seem as though things will never be right again - and that feeling can go on for days and weeks, or even months for some.I am very in tune with my complex set of emotions.If you're like ...

A Happy Camper

Last week, I decided I'd had enough of missing summer.Every June, I make a list of all the things I want to do in the coming month - usually concerts in Bemus, lectures at the Institution, blueberry picking, jam making, kayaking and hiking.And right around this time every summer I realize I ...

Where The Heart Is

I'm an introspective introvert with a flair for occasional oversensitivity, yet I'm not ashamed in the least.For as long as I can remember, I've allowed offhanded comments and decisions made by those I consider anywhere within the faintest proximity to my comfort zone to impact my emotional ...

Pokemon Go: The Greatest Catch

I have walked over 8 miles in the past two days.Not because I've adopted some crazy fitness regimen or because my car broke down somewhere, but rather because I have been bitten by the Pokemon bug.Alas, I have been infected with the desire to "Catch 'Em All" and I can't shake it.My husband and ...

The Absence Of Bats

I've been asking people all summer if they've noticed that the bats are gone and most people are surprised at first, then doubtful, then they Google it to find the truth, then they're dismayed.The disappearance of our bats is one of those things I can't seem to wrap my mind around because bats ...

Editor’s Note

My love for summertime is strengthened not only by the lovely weather, but also the landscape that comes to life in the sunshine.I love how the flowers are in full bloom, pollinated by bees big and small. They don't bother me much, even though I had an unfortunate interaction with a nest at the ...

Into That Good Night

My recent move to the north side of town has come with a change in evening scenery as I wind my day down.For the first five years since moving back to Jamestown, my nearly nightly routine consisted of runs and walks circuiting Fletcher Elementary School and its adjacent park. Now, my nocturnal ...

From ‘A Stitch In Time’ To ‘Ka-Ching’

Goodbye to good old "home ec."The DuBois Area School District recently decided to replace the hallowed learn-to-cook, learn-to-sew classes that stretch back through generations, and instead teach balance-a-checkbook, invest-in-stocks and choose-a-good-job topics.Hooray - I think.Wa-a-a-y back ...

Dear Readers, This One’s For You

"And you can tell everybody this is your song. It may be quite simple, but now that it's done hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world,""Your Song" by Elton JohnDear readers, I have to pause for just a moment and offer ...

Dismissing The Word ‘Can’t’

"Can't is a word that is foe to ambition,an enemy ambush to shatter your will.It's prey forever, to a man with a mission,and bows but to courage, and patience, and skill.So hate it with hatred that is deep and undying,for once it is welcomed, 'twill break any man.And whatever the goal you are ...

Many Memories Involve Cherries This Time Of Year

When the beginning of July rolls around, I cannot help but think of cherries. My love of cherries goes back many years. When I was young, we always bought our cherries. My grandfather and I were the only ones who ate them.I preferred the big, red-black cherries known as Ox-heart, but we also ...

Courage And Grit

My sister Vicky was born in early September when it still feels like summer, before we returned to school. On the day she came home from the WCA Hospital, I waited outside the house on Ivy Street in the grassy berm between sidewalk and curb, dressed in my cowboy boots, legs sprawled on the ...

Midway Through The Summer

If you've spent a lifetime here then you must remember what it was like to sit in the backseat of your parent's car and make your way to Midway.There's that point past Maple Springs where the road becomes very straight, and as a seasoned Midway fan, you knew exactly where you'd spot the sign ...

Editor’s Note

For nearly two years, I'd been driving around with a car trunk full of random items and finally decided to execute a complete cleaning Thursday.You know the drill - when I get to it, I'll get to it.Out of sight, out of mind.Yet the accumulated matter is still there daily, creeping around ...

Rhiannon Celebrates 14th Birthday

Rhiannon celebrated her 14th birthday the beginning of June. She's an old lady now and isn't very active. She has a heart murmur. She's getting cataracts and I think her hearing is going, although she still manages to hear the rustle of the cheese wrapper. We'll have her for a while longer, I ...

Walk, Don’t Run To This Week’s Performances

It was a marathon weekend, to be sure, but now I'm finally starting to see summer taking a more relaxing turn.It all began Friday, when I navigated my way to my second Great Blue Heron Music Festival to play at the cafe in the woods. Having achieved the previously perceived daunting task of ...

Today, Mowing Is Much Less Hard Work

It takes about nine hours to mow all the grass we cut.I don't mind. It's easier than the hour or two I spent as a kid trying to shove a reel-style push mower through high grass.Today, I could buzz through that lot on Beech Street in Warren in 45 minutes, maximum, walking behind our ...

Watching The Fireworks In The Eyes Of Children

Ever since I was a kid, the Fourth of July has been one of my favorite holidays. Much like Thanksgiving, it always involves a lot of family time, food and fun, but with the added benefit of fireworks and celebrating the beauty and importance of our great nation.This year, we kicked off the ...