Viewpoints

A Change For The Better

What do you think of when you hear the term metamorphosis? My mind immediately goes to the change that a moth undergoes to become a butterfly although Webster's defines it merely as a change in shape or form.One summer years ago we did a VBS program that had a song about the butterfly. It said, ...

Fall Leaves — Managing A Beautiful Resource

Each fall, property owners repeat the cycle of managing the leaves that drop from the trees into their yards. What you do with these leaves can either benefit or harm your yard's environment as well as that of the lake or other waterway downhill from your property. Why? Because leaves contain ...

Do You Dare Shut Out A Nice Neighbor?

I want to tell you a story. When I'm finished, I invite you to close your eyes to visualize this talk of two families. One family lives relatively securely in a nice comfortable home. The home is surrounded by a large expanse of lawn. The family is quite busy with its respective ...

Factories And Forebears — My Grandfather Carl Forsberg

When I was a little girl living on Ivy Street, I could hear the rhythmic pounding of metal on metal from factories down along the Chadakoin River. I remember it as an incessant noise to daily life, not loud but always in the air- sometimes louder than others depending on the wind and weather. ...

Two Books To Read For Fall

I recently received two books to review, one featuring a dog, and one a cat, both published by St. Martin's Press.The first is a paperback, selling for $7.99, entitled "Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything," by Nancy Martin. It's a cozy, with the body safely and bloodlessly disposed of before the ...

Editor’s Note

There's a lot to worry about as a parent. It's never what's happening to you as a result of your actions, but what's happening to your children because of them. You just don't want to mess them up.I can probably write a topic a week about this. But for now, I'm going to focus on sports.Full ...

Preserving The Past Amid High Taxes

My neighbor's house is an old queen. She sits back from the street atop a small slope, surveying the passage of time with her steady eye - a grand dame who has seen it all but will never relinquish her crown.I love her wide hallways and old floors. I love her porch because it is overly generous ...

Time Table

"The sands of time are eroded by the river of constant change."-Peter Gabriel, Genesis' "Firth of Fifth"This may be the biggest understatement in the 128-week history of this column, but I'll say it anyway: the power of music is a wondrous thing.And while that may be one of the more nebulous ...

Detroit Band Jeremy Porter, Tucos To Perform At Wine Cellar Oct. 14

A Detroit-based band will return to Jamestown in the midst of its tour of the Northeastern U.S., this time in a different downtown venue.Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, who had previously made their Jamestown debut earlier this year at Mojo's Music Bar, will perform at The Wine Cellar on Friday, ...

Computers Make Me Waste Time

We have bought into the fiction that computers actually save time.This is not true. Some time-wasters are inherent in computers. Others are our own fault.Two decades ago, I picked up a morning newspaper and devoted perhaps 15 minutes to reading its contents. En route to work, I had already ...

Defeating Goliath: It’s A God Thing

There are many times in our lives when we face what seems like a huge problem - and we feel tiny in comparison. "But how can I ever overcome this?" we ask. "How can I ever get through this?"You all know one of my biggest issues is worry - and I am a champion worrier. Give me a problem, big or ...

Let It Go

A side note before getting to this week's piece from the Bullpen ... special thanks to my sister, Sandy, and brother, Tom, for Facebook sharing a couple memories of our growing up which I included in last week's narrative. The piece was about someone very special to our family who recently ...

Musings From The Hill — A Lenten Glory

Anticipating more moss, I circle the house and am pleased to find the hellebores growing vigorously. Whatever prompted me to invest in three of these plants fifteen years ago, I know now it was as smart as anything I've done (yardwise, at least).Forty dollars for three was a lot to pay back ...

View From Hickory Heights: Hand-Me-Downs

Most of the young people today have no concept of hand-me-downs because we live in a throwaway society. They do not think about preserving things and passing them on to someone else. Oh, they may go through their closet and decide to give something away when it is Goodwill Day at a local store, ...

A Man Named Sam

I want to tell you a story about a man named Sam.He might be characterized as a "regular Joe." He worked responsibly his entire life. He came from an impoverished background. From a monetary standpoint, he earned enough to purchase a home, pay his bills and enjoy life. Family took center stage ...

The Healing Season: Grief Is A One-Way Road And There’s No Turning Back

Tragedy strikes us all now and then, once in a lifetime, maybe a few times. When it does, we are sent reeling for quite a while, longer than seems reasonable, longer than we ourselves admit. The landscape itself seems slightly off, unfamiliar. The daily road is rocky. Even the beauty of sun and ...

Criticizing Rex Ryan Low Hanging Fruit Too Sweet To Pass Up

If there's one thing I seldom write about it's sports. I love watching sports, especially football and hockey. Baseball can be fun to watch, too, however, as a native of a city without a pro team, it's hard to root for an out-of-market franchise. I don't mind the Pirates, though.That all being ...

Rural News

The news about rural America - a place I consider to be the heart of America, where values and traditions endure - is, in a nutshell, not good.Or better put: a lot of it is bad, but some of it is good.For one thing, the Census released data earlier this month showing that everyone else in ...

Xpress Yourself

The season is only three weeks old, and the team has only one win thus far, but I'm glad I got to see the Southern Tier Xpress victorious in its home opener.Now in its third season at the recently rebranded Northwest Arena in Jamestown, the Xpress has seen its fair share of turnover among ...

From Swatting Kids To Growls And Chonk’lits

"Spare the rod, spoil the child."For a time, I took that cliche as gospel. I had been spanked and swatted as a child. In the 1940s and 1950s, those punishments were commonplace. I was hit. My friends were hit. We survived, and thrived.The punishments worked. I refrained from quite a few actions ...