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This Is A Wonderful Time Of Year

This past Sunday, my pastor played the last few minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life," which sent me into a spiral of wishing it were Christmas.If you haven't seen the movie, I won't ruin it for you, but you have to watch it at least once in your life. You'll fall in love with the main character, ...

Julie Adams Revisits The Black Lagoon

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1954 film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid - ...

Our Chief Executives

Well, we are living in calendar year 2016, and it marks another leap year, another Summer Olympic Games come and gone, some thought of maybe another World Championship for the San Francisco Giants (they won the World Series in years 2010, 2012, and 2014 before they bowed out of the playoffs a ...

Beauty Is Only How Deep?

I acquired a pup with a skin problem.It was one of the conditions of my accepting him - "as is," as it were. I figure we're all a little different - unique, strange if you will. He certainly fit that bill but came with a heart big enough to more than compensate for any drawbacks - and an ...

Jeans — The Original Work Clothes

I must admit that a pair of jeans is my go-to outfit. I have a drawer full of jeans in all colors to blend with my wardrobe. I even have the short pants in jeans material that I wear all summer unless it is in the nineties that is.Jimmy Carter gets credit for the popularity of jeans as a ...

Recollections Of Bemus

Sometimes a pretty place is more than a place. Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote, "I was there. Me in place and the place in me." Place stays with us. It's a part of us. It illuminates memory half a century past. Bemus Point is that kind of place for me. The tourists of summer have gone now. It's ...

Celebrating Halloween With Your Pets

I love fall and decorating with Indian corn, and pumpkins and I love the Halloween decorations of jack-o-lanterns, and black cats. If you have pets, though, you need to consider how well your decorations and your pets mix.For instance, I love bittersweet, but bittersweet berries don't love cats ...

I Came For The Food, Not The Dancing

I don't like to dance.I'm not very good at it, so maybe that's why I don't like to. When I go to a wedding it is the elephant in the room. I know at some point my wife is going to ask me and I know I can't say "no."When our household decides to sign our life away to a cable provider I feel like ...

In Defense Of Stuff

I went up into the attic the other day, and if attics could talk this one would tell you that as I climbed the stairs, I had this look on my face that told all the stuff up there that I meant business.I was armed with boxes and tape and heavy duty garbage bags and an idea that I was going to be ...

Games Without Frontiers

We may not always realize it, and we certainly don't always know how to see it, but there is some definite movement happening in our underground music scene. It's no secret that bands come and go, but the tried and true musician knows how to keep playing at all times - no matter with who. In ...

Childhood Slavery Freed By New Tools

I was an enslaved child. We all were, back in the 1940s. At Grandma's house, we wee ones picked rocks, tugged at weeds, held stuff and moved stuff when the older folks harvested crops. At our own house, Dad made a mid-career switch from welding to college student. To get through more quickly, ...

Trick Or Treat: Halloween Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

In the spirit of the season, I recently introduced my daughter to the Harry Potter Trivia game my dad got me for Christmas many moons ago. We recently watched the first Harry Potter movie, and even though we had to skip over some parts as they were a little much for my kiddo, she enjoyed it ...

Stories My Father Told Me

My father died in Crystal River, Florida, on April 7, 1999, from a long battle with Parkinsonism. He was just shy of 80. In his eulogy, I called him "the Cary Grant of fathers." He was quite extraordinary - smart, handsome, successful. I adored him as most little girls love dads who remain in ...

Going To School At Walgreens

This past summer I attended the 45th year reunion of my graduation from Jamestown High School. It was a great two night event where we met and saw old schoolmates, and talked about teachers, lunch periods, school plays, and enjoyed some good food, good drink and lots of merriment.One of the ...

Winnie And Me

Perhaps my earliest memory is of a stay at Chautauqua's Hotel Atheneum with my cousin and our grandmother. Mimi was just at that age where enjoying the young elevator boys would have filled her days had she not, I'm sure, been put in charge of me. I was probably four or five. Grandma was ...

A Brush With Poverty

Those of you who have followed this column for years know that there were numerous periods in my life when there were hard times. I grew up in a single parent home when that was anything but the norm.The presence of my grandparents in the home made it multigenerational. That was a blessing ...

An Open Letter To The Town Of Busti Board Members

Sometimes the best use of this column is to give others a voice.Today I am giving my space to Karen Dennerlein, who is secretary of the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Library System Board representing the 38 member libraries in the two counties.Like many others, I am dismayed that the Busti board ...

It’s Time To Fill The Feeders

Chilly temperatures and shorter days mean it's time to fill the bird feeders, so let me review the best foods to offer backyard birdsSunflower Seeds (best feeder - tubes). Black-oil sunflowers seeds are the single best and most economical food for wild birds. These small, thin-shelled seeds ...

A Different Lifetime

Not too long ago I came across an old, dusty box here at The Post-Journal that contained newspaper clips of fire-related stories from June/July 1990. I dug through the stories, now more than 25 years old, and was fascinated by the sheer number of fires that broke out in such a short amount of ...

Again

Today marks exactly 15 years since the passing of my first and most influential music mentor.On Oct. 13, 2001, Jeremy Wright Kinnear died in the early morning hours of his 21st birthday as the result of a hit-and-run accident in Fredonia.But despite his short time with us, the 1999 Southwestern ...