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National Potato Day

Sometimes I think I just enjoy a challenge.How much - really - can one say about today's commemorating National Potato Day? We all know what they are. Nobody debates its pronunciation as they do "tomato." Many of us enjoy them in a variety of ways but how much time - really - does one need to ...

Ready Or Not, Here Comes School

The opening of school is up in the air where I live. There is an ongoing contract impasse and the teachers have authorized a strike. They have worked under their old contract for two extra years. I only remember one other strike. I was not involved as a teacher, but of course my children were. ...

Editor’s Note

Another year, another summer of "jeeze, this summer is flying by."Maybe it's age - growing old seems to make everything fly by no matter what season it is; maybe it's having three school-aged kids and a wife who teaches - the calendar always seems to revolve around their activities; or maybe ...

The Ride Around The Lake

I do some writing for the tourism bureau here in Chautauqua County, which, by the way, does an excellent job marketing our area.And they proposed a few writing ideas for a fall blog post - including a piece about driving around the lake.It got me to thinking about that ride - something I've ...

The Endless Enigma (Part One)

Would I rather see it live, or listen to it in my car? This is often the dilemma I face when I must consider how best to consume my music.The introvert in me will always choose the latter. It's isolated, crystal clear and I can belt out my favorite songs while laying down my best beats upon my ...

The Granddog, The Cats, The Old Dogs

Marty came to visit. He is a granddog. We have two granddogs, plus an in-law dog. They coexist with our pair of Lab-sized mutts on occasion.Marty trundles between the house and the barn, trailing a woven 20-foot-long orange "lead," a leash without a loop that gun dog trainers use to limit their ...

What I Can Do: Pinterest And Failure

I am not a Pinterest mom.No matter how hard I try, I can't take an old dresser and used coffee filters, and turn them into 50 different time-saving objects. I can't make my own paper out of leaf clippings, painting anything other than stick figures and flowers is out of the question and I ...

Be True To Your School

In some states schools are back in session. Around here, back to school deals are being advertised by local stores, parents are checking over those school supply lists sent home with students at the end of the last school year, and stocking up on some/all of those items, a little or a lot at a ...

That Red Flower

Mid-July. The flower is back.In a world that's mostly greens (so many wonderful shades of green) with some tans (I do try to overlook the early reds), the tall crimson spikes stand out sharply, even if across the lake.It took a kayak (or was it still a canoe?) trip back then to get to see this ...

Hide And Seek

I had a game of hide and seek recently when my cat, Goliath, chased a mouse into the house. He was making a very funny sound by the door and I figured that he wanted in. I opened the door and before the cat made it across the threshold his playmate snuck in.First the cat cornered the mouse ...

The Miracle Of Mary Miller

By Margot Russellmargot62@aol.comEvery community has a person they're lucky to have - some scrappy, resourceful type who can patch things together and make it all work, even against the greatest odds.Mary Miller is certainly one of those people.She's the Library Director at the Lakewood ...

Editor’s Note

Ever see a car on the road and think "How in the world did that thing pass inspection!?"I am now a not-so-proud owner of one of those vehicles. I haven't reached the point of coat-hanger muffler clamp and plastic-bag windows, but it's getting close.When I bought my first vehicle - a classic '96 ...

My Days Working With Allen Park Ponies

By Susan Ewingeditorial@post-journal.comSandy Robison mentioned the ponies at Allen Park in a recent column and that brought back a flood of memories.When I was around ten years old, summer meant the Allen Park ponies. My friend Miriam and I spent just about every afternoon at the pony ring. ...

Hello Hurricane

It may seem ludicrous to say after all the recent writing I've done about my extensive gigging in the past months, but I'm heading into busy season now.I've been told I have no small delusion when it comes to my definition of the word "busy," but to me it's just the natural flow of life. ...

A Letter To My Husband

"I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways,Maybe it's all part of a plan.I'll just keep on making the same mistakesHoping that you'll understand.But baby, now,Take me into your loving arms,Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars -Place your head on my beating heart,I'm ...

Show Up. Say The Words

Editor's Note: This column first appeared in the July 31 edition of The Post-Journal sans photos.When bad things happen in life, we find out who cares for us, truly, and who doesn't. It's that simple. But finding out can be a painful experience. Dealing with such hard truths afterwards can be ...

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Growing up, my parents often tried a number of ways to convey the message of the title of today's narrative. Sometimes they would tell us that we couldn't get away with behavioral transgressions because "God is watching," or "God will always know," or they would try and tell us that things ...

Turn Your Cellphone Off!

Many young people today probably do not even know what the term unplugged really means. When I refer to being unplugged I mean disconnecting from everything that requires electricity. Frequently in the country we get to experience a day of being unplugged.When the electricity is off there is no ...

Ducks In Disguise

For a couple of years I observed a strange phenomenon at this time of the month.How to explain countless - OK, let's say about 60 - birds sitting close together along the lake. I don't usually see that many of any avian creatures. This was even harder, however, for identifying marks seemed ...

Seeking Help In A Troubled Marriage

The previous article provided a cursory reference to a growing trend - marital longevity and transition into separation or divorce. Once again, this article is not, I repeat, not an endorsement. A sordid reality, one many are not familiar with, is ascending in numbers.The many challenges faced ...