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Life Growing Up On Chautauqua Lake

To grow up on this lake means to understand the seasons, to watch the colors change from bright and uplifting blues to the dark, army greens. Chautauqua Lake is lightest in the cold months and darkest in summer when the water is cool and dark like old green beach glass. Sometimes it is so clear ...

Editor’s Note

If you're wondering where the lovely Katie Atkins' column is this week, I'm sorry to say Katie has moved on to bigger and better things. Good for her, bad for those of you who have grown accustom to her general musings about life and food.You're stuck with me now!I'll try and make it as ...

The History Of Summer

Sometimes we would awaken early when the dew was still wet on the grass, feet sliding across the lawn, holding fishing poles purchased at the Big N, worms taken from Mrs. Danielson's perfect garden next door.I learned how to gut a fish in summer, how to paint a dock or a door, how to build a ...

Helping Your Child When They’re Angry

Children oftentimes have difficulties identifying and controlling their emotions. Things that seem trivial to adults may seem catastrophic to a child.Younger children do not always possess the ability to regulate their emotions. They need help to identify what emotion it is they are feeling and ...

YMCA Staff Member Gives Back

Korene Aldrich, a feisty 18-year-old staff member at the Jamestown Area YMCA, has seen her fair share of hardships and difficulties. While small in stature (she's pushing all of 5 feet, 5 inches), she more than makes up for it with her heart of gold and her love for the organization that's ...

Another Day

Another weekend, another marathon schedule for this entertainer-reporter hybrid.The only difference this time is that my marathon weekend will be compressed into a 13-hour window rather than my typical two-day commitment.It all begins with an hour-long drive to Kinzua country, where Danger Bird ...

Summertime And The River Is Lazy

I love low rivers in summertime. Hereabouts, we are blessed. Our rivers, though bug-friendly, do not house the nostril-clogging swarms found further north. Nor do they choke on the fetid overgrowths found in the South. The South's people-eating alligators give way up here to mud puppies and the ...

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

"Someone told me long ago, there's a calm before the storm.I know - it's been coming for someone time.When it's over so they say, it'll rain a sunny day.I know, shinin' down like water.I want to know have you ever seen the rain?I want to know, have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny ...

Adjectives … Double Edged Swords?

Today's topic has been addressed before, but because devastating things (which appear to be intolerant and/or hate motivated) keep happening in this country and world, it needs to be revisited more far often than any of us might like. Here's hoping we can stop journeying down these roads of ...

The Joke’s On Me

Somewhere I have two full pages of good (well, I thought so) jokes culled from earlier readings. They seem hopelessly lost now.It's hardly my intent to fill a page with jokes (most quite bad at that) but to call attention to Sunday, July 24, which, I'm told, is National Tell an Old Joke Day. ...

No Man Is An Island

I recently attended a high school reunion. I have been to all of them except one when my husband was having chemo. High school friends remain close. The highlight of the event for me was the tour of our former high school.A retired maintenance worker was our guide. Of course, the oldest part of ...

Divorce Is No Laughing Matter

Thankfully, modern medicine continues with extensive research to advance lives. Diseases and illnesses once considered a death sentence now enhances lifestyles with techniques and approaches once considered a pipe dream. Aged folks have been reexamining their future plans. Baby boomers are ...

Show Up. Say The Words

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 mighty tough too.Recently my 93-year-old mother died after five years of increasing dementia and ...

If We Didn’t Have To Age

Editor's Note: A Lakewood Lense is running in this space this week due to a change to The Post-Journal's regular printing schedule this week. It will return to Page C1 next week.I can't tell you how happy I was to read that scientists have found a way to turn off the aging process in ...

Editor’s Note

It is with a heavy heart that I write my last Editor's Note for The Post-Journal. I don't mean heavy with sadness - but with emotion. I would need several more of these columns to truly explain how I feel about leaving the newspaper and moving forward during a point in my life where it makes ...

Life’s A Love Song

The first time I played in front of a live audience with my own band, my heart was in my throat, I was sweating profusely and my nerves were a ball of tightly clenched fury. Not to mention, I highly doubt the crowd derived any pleasure from the performance itself.Performing in front of people ...

Stress Test Produced Pre-Test Stress

Did I glow in the dark?If not, the effects of last week's radioactive-material heart scans sandwiched around a treadmill stress test must have worn off.This was my fifth stress test, going back to before I had my one heart attack a decade ago.To my surprise, the treadmill test gets ...

Community: A Story And An Invitation

I only remember a few memories from my very early childhood.We moved to Jamestown when I was either three or four, and I remember being very happy about my new room in my childhood home.I remember making friends with the neighbor kids, playing kickball with them every summer and looking for ...

Where They ARE Now

The idea for today's narrative came after my close friend, Ray Belliotti, proposed a story idea (to a different periodical) about the 2006 Fredonia High School State Baseball Champions, and a 10-year later look at where they are today and how they're continuing as champions - not in baseball, ...

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 ...