Viewpoints

Lost In The iClouds

I finally gave in and bought a car - one that was built in this decade which means I can barely turn on the radio without resorting to the 400-page manual in the glovebox.When I realized I would no longer need a car key, there was a bit of panic. Is this going to be like figuring out the ...

There Is A Difference Between Want And Need

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find - you get what you need," - "You Can't Always Get What You Want," by the Rolling StonesWhen I think about how life used to be and what it is now, this Rolling Stones quote makes so much more sense to me.I used to ...

What Is It, Anyway, With These Articles?

I was voted "best local columnist" in the recent Readers' Choice contest/survey conducted by the Courier-Express newspaper in DuBois. Though retired as an editor/publisher, I continue to write these columns.The award is nice. I am appreciative.But I am under no illusions that what I do is "the ...

Seeing The Good Side Of Winter

Winter finally arrived with an abundance of snow. The cold and snow are nature's way of insulating the ground, the soil that will bring a good harvest next planting season. Congestion due to molds may be halted by the insulation. Breathing in cold air can serve us well in small increments. The ...

Mind, Body, Spirit

Somewhere along my journey, in my readings and studies, in preparation for classes to teach, and for my own personal interest and learning I came across a statement about the Holocaust. The numbers might not be exact, but they are fairly close. It said that 10 percent of the people connected ...

From Something Sour Comes Something Sweet

Years ago when my son and his family lived in a trailer down the road he had a beautiful garden. He tended it faithfully, and his produce flourished. That year he had a bumper crop of cabbage. Now, we all like different types of cabbage salad, but we could not eat enough to make a dent in what ...

Rebel For Reason

By A.C.?Glasieraglasier@post-journal.comI have heard many a citizen complain of the snow plowing in their neighborhoods - it takes them so long, they don't finish the job, or the snow was piled up in an inconvenient place. Even during the spring, these streets are troublesome. We find ourselves ...

Top Educational Programs Are Right Here In Chautauqua County

When we count our assets in Chautauqua County our institutions of higher education fall towards the top of the list. We are fortunate to be home to two colleges in the State University of New York system, plus one private institution. As the home of the SUNY College at Fredonia, Jamestown ...

Altering The Course Of A River

There's a video making the rounds on Facebook about a little boy who comes home from school to find that his sister bought him a hamster with her own money.After he takes a look at it, he gets down on the floor and he just starts bawling. And then his sister starts crying and there they are, ...

Editor’s Note

After 10 days of wearing a gaudy - or gauzy - splint on my left index finger, I must have told the same story 100 times."What happened to you?" has been the first question asked by seemingly everyone I encounter, but I don't think they're being nosy.Genuine curiosity and in some cases, concern, ...

Tennyson And A Path Through The Snow

I looked out the window this morning and saw a blanket of snow covering my car, the ground and the street.To be honest, it was more like five comforters worth of snow instead of a blanket.I'm sure you all saw it, too, dear readers.I'm sure you looked out your window and dreaded digging through ...

Smoking Is Also Bad For Fingers

"April," said the poet, "is the cruelest month."Pshaw.I vote for February, especially in these parts.T.S. Eliot wrote arguably the greatest poem of the 20th century, "The Waste Land." In it, he argues that April's inconstant temperatures tease, and then torture us with snippets of ...

My Loving Valentine

Today we celebrate the Holiday of Love, which is kind of sad that we have to have a holiday to celebrate, show, acknowledge, or express love. That should happen daily, when we express love for the special people in our lives, and especially to the most special person in our life.I've mentioned ...

What Type Of Love Do You Celebrate?

As the 14th of February rolls around, it seems it is all hearts, flowers, candy and romantic cards. Now, there is nothing wrong with any of these, but most of them are disposable.My husband and I did not really celebrate Valentine's Day most of the time. I usually made a meal for the family ...

Celebrating Singles Awareness Day

Today, couples all over the Western world are purchasing Hallmark gift cards, boxes of chocolate, expensive dinners and otherwise feasting from the trough of holiday commercialism. Within the next nine months, the human population might experience a peculiar spike.But tomorrow is Singles ...

The Big Bamboozle

I'm not eager to get involved in the presidential election in my column, but I am eager to encourage a sea of change in the ways of the world.You'd have to be blind not to recognize, as Noam Chompsky has often said, that America is now a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy. Simply said, we ...

Editor’s Note

There was a column written in 1997 by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune titled "Wear Sunscreen." It's particularly emotional and well-known, one I've referred to many times for inspiration or to lift my spirits here and there.One line reads: "The real troubles in your life are apt to be ...

Westminster Dog Show Nears

It's almost here ... the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and each year it seems to get bigger and bigger. The main event, if you're watching from home, will be the groups, televised from Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Monday night, the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and ...

Clean House, Clean Mind

This year is bringing small, but good changes to my life, dear readers.I recently weeded through my closet and got rid of all the clothes I never wear, cleaned out my car and started just generally tidying up my life. If you know me at all, you would know this is a momentous occasion.I would ...

Be In Charge Of Your Joy

My most recent article invited the readership to rise above the daily dose of negativity that envelopes us. "Easy to say, hard to do," some may respond. And even though I extend this invitation, it doesn't suggest that I hold the secret to success. A commitment to reformatting our thinking is a ...