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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 ...

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 ...

Day 185 (Or 186): Happy Birthday, America!

We have a habit of counting the days until this will happen, until that will happen, or until a special day will arrive, evidenced by a child telling everyone of his or her friends and/or relatives just how many days until their birthday, or a bride-to-be excitedly posting on Facebook how many ...

Dairy Month History — The Industry And Personally

Before I could write about June being Dairy Month I had to find out about its history. The information that I provide here came from the site of the International Dairy Food Association. That is the location the Internet took me to when I Googled June Dairy Month.National Milk Month began in ...

Pregnant Women Need Better Health Care

A study by the United Nations World Health Organization states that the rates of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth is rising. The study cites obesity and older-age women as main sources. The biggest problem, however, cites women lack access to quality health care.We, as a wealthy nation ...

Reflecting On The Memories Of My Cousins, My Friends

We look back on our childhoods and remember days when the sky and the earth seemed to be in perfect unison, certain times when life was perfect. We hear the voices still from the back porch, in the yard, across the street. We recall lying on our backs in the sweet grass, studying the cloud ...

We Pledge Ourselves To The Cause Of Human Freedom

I challenge you to read the following speech with a dry eye.It was read by President Ronald Reagan on July 4, 1986, at New York harbor. In it, he expounded on the hope that was and still is America.I can't think of a time since these words were read that they have been more needed, more ...

Editor’s Note

Jim Riggs' memory stays on the golf course.When I read his column from the '70s about using colored golf balls when they first arrived on store shelves, I bought some myself.I always think of Jim when I pull an orange one out of my bag, and recently landed very close to the green when I said ...

Food And Fundraising

One fundraising activity of many different organizations here and around the country is and has been the production of cookbooks containing recipes contributed by the members of that organization. The Fenton History Center has a collection of local cookbooks from many organizations. One recent ...

Don’t Stop Me Now

This weekend will present me with the opportunity to fulfill one of my all-time musical goals: the thus-far elusive "double-header."It's not under the most ideal of circumstances, but tomorrow will be a banner day for me as I perform with The Elektra Kings in this year's Great Blue Heron Music ...

Let’s Actually Try To Herd Our Cats

Last week, I herded cats.I know, I know. Herding cats is well-nigh impossible.Our cats are usually barn cats.They are difficult to see, let alone control. We place the barn cats' food bowl in the old "wagon shed" part of the lower barn, now occupied by the condominium that houses our chickens ...

Running, The Paris Review And Happenstance

I had the privilege and opportunity to meet Lorin Stein, The Paris Review editor-in-chief, Tuesday.The Paris Review is a literary magazine that is published four times a year and features fresh, exciting art, poetry, prose and in depth interviews with prolific writers.Stein was invited to be a ...

The Final Out

In 1967, at 14 years old, trying to stay out of trouble on local corners and being a big baseball fan, I heard about a 13-15 year old City Rec Baseball program starting in Jamestown that was looking for umpires to officiate games in the newly formed four team league.As an eighth-grader, then, ...

Dairy Month History — The Industry And Personally

Before I could write about June being Dairy Month I had to find out about its history. The information that I provide here came from the site of the International Dairy Food Association. That is the location the Internet took me to when I Googled June Dairy Month.National Milk Month began in ...

Ben And Martha: A Love Story

On a little lakeside street in Lakewood, where the trees stand six stories tall and the play of light in the shadow branches dances on the pavement, is where my great-grandfather built a summer cottage and where my paternal grandparents Martha and Ben Johnson fell in love in the summer of ...

Analyzing The Causes Of Depression

I caught part of an interview with a psychiatrist. The radio talk show subject matter was on depression. He answered questions on the subject of depression from the interviewer and call-ins. I thought he did an outstanding job differentiating the unique symptomatology of each person who ...