Viewpoints

The Apple Eaters

Bizet had his Pearl Fishers (apologies to those readers who aren't fans of opera) but I definitely have two canine apple eaters.I have never seen trees as full of apples as in 2015. More apples than leaves in the pictures I snapped to share, an unbelievable sight. In fact, that very tree was so ...

Inspiration

Everyone needs inspiration. People often ask how I decide what to write about. Often it is by inspiration. I read. I observe. I listen. All of these things lead to what I write about.This time I want to focus on an experience that was an inspiration for me. Picture a 90-year-old woman. She was ...

Editor’s Note

I have never known a year that didn't revolve around a school year.I work like most people not in the education field all year long. Sure, there's some vacation time sprinkled in here and there, but not months. This isn't a debate about the need or warrant for that amount of time off, my wife ...

Going To Rest Area National Park

My mother was getting ready to leave the other day to go home but she came up with an idea before walking out the door."I'll stay one more night if you'll take me to the rest area across the lake.""Do you know how ridiculous that might sound to anyone listening?" I asked.But I got it.I knew ...

Seasons Change And So Do I

September is probably my favorite month of the year, at least this time around.The leaves are changing, football season officially kicks off next week, our local hockey team the Southern Tier Xpress will host its first home games the following week and some of my most highly-anticipated gigs ...

‘The Media’? There Is No ‘The’ In ‘Media’

Those of us who write commentaries are just as prone to random acts of stupidity as are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.An example? Arthur Schaper's headline.It reads, in part, "The media are biased."So what Mr. Schaper is saying is that he himself is biased.The problem arises with the phrase, ...

Summer: A Warm Memory

I can't believe that soon it will be September, school will be starting in a few days and the leaves will soon be changing. I was driving around this weekend, looking at the world as it readies for the beginning of fall as summer comes to a close.It seems like it was barely a whisper.Here in ...

How Am I Doing So Far?

In all walks of life, we have those moments when we have to make decisions - while plotting our courses, taking care of business, sometimes taking chances, assuming risks, making investments, and more, most of those times with a hope (but without a clue) how those things will turn out for us. ...

Those Aren’t My Tomatoes

Well, they looked just like tomato plants - and I knew I put some tomato seeds in my garden.The plants surprised me by being so happy to grow here, leaping up by the proverbial leaps and bounds. I anticipated a great harvest. An abundance of tomatoes and apples too - what a year indeed!Only ...

Harvest Your Peppers

If you did not plant peppers this year I am sorry, but it is too late. Peppers require a very specific climate and grow best when it is warm. The farmer's markets will soon be full of juicy ripe specimens.Last year I watched for peppers. I have several recipes that take peppers and I wanted to ...

On Burying The Dog

For a long time, I've had three dogs - a big red mutt named Rosie, a fancy little toy poodle named Pip and a handsome Shih Tzu named Toby. Toby came to me from a rescue group in Florida. He had had a rough start in life. For some reason, the 94-year-old woman who bought him from a puppy mill ...

Choosing The Right Software

Welcome to another edition of Let's Talk Photography! Today, I'd like to take a moment to cover software that I either know about or personally use. Let me begin with a disclaimer ... I am only offering my opinion on these software packages. I've used several and I know about many but that ...

Neighborhood Dogs

Thinking about the old Allen Park pony ring in my last column reminded me of my old neighborhood and of the dogs who were a part of that neighborhood. Dogs and kids ran free in those days, and many people had dogs. I'm sure many of them got into trouble, chasing cars or tipping over garbage ...

Editor’s Note

I may offend some people with what I'm about to say ... luckily, I know I probably won't be receiving any nasty emails from them.I've noticed many people still do not use email. I've fielded a few more phone calls from that demographic than I normally would have since taking over this duty, and ...

The Grandest Time

I found a book the other day at the Lakewood Library on the grand old hotels that dotted the lake in the early to late 19th century.All but two of the 19 magnificent structures featured in the book were demolished or burned, which to me is the real story. I get the sense that people in those ...

Come Together

One visit to the Winter Garden Plaza last Thursday encapsulated for me everything that I love about this town.Although it was the fourth Third Thursday event to be held this summer, it was the first that I had attended; and it was nothing short of awesome.Upon my arrival, I immediately ...

Summer Sammiches: Now, It’s ‘Maters

Move over, hot sausage sammich with peppers and onions. Your season is fading.It is August. County fair and area festival season is still in full swing. As regular readers know, my fondness (weakness) for hot sausage sammiches with peppers and onions as toppings reaches its diet-busting peak ...

Higher Calling: A Sunday Of Baptism And Reaffirmation

"I could just sit -I could just sit and wait for all your goodnessHope to feel your presence.And I could just stay,I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel you,Hope to feel something again.And I could hold on,I could hold on to who I am and never let You change me from the inside,And ...

The House On Superior Street

My cousin Martha Jean Larson was my best pal when we were children. I always admired Martha's house. It was a welcoming home, one that called you in off the sidewalks to take refuge in it.Martha's house on upper Superior Street - where her mother lived for about 70 years - was a fine bungalow ...

USA … USA

I'm sure many have been and/or will be sitting in front of their televisions watching some, much, or even most of the seventeen days of Olympic competition coming from Rio de Janeiro. Along with the competitions in arenas, venues, in or on water, or on sand, there have been many stories of ...