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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 ...

Turning Blue Over Wireless

There's a tree at the park in Lakewood that I kind of love.It's old - I think I remember it from when I was a little girl. It's a twisted oak that sits right by the water near the swings and it was made for climbing. It even has a comfortable seat in a notch not far from the ground, ensuring ...

Happy National (Insert Celebration) Day

It seems every time I turn around it's a special day or week or month commemorating something. At the end of April, there were three such days, and I missed hearing about them all until May. Then other topics crowded them out, but now I've got time to consider them. The days were April 28, ...

Through Knowing Eyes

Yesterday's paper included a front-page article featuring an interview I had with one of our area's most prolific musicians: "Bumpy" Peterson.It was not only a pleasure to talk to the man himself, who exuded a sort of humble, yet genuine wisdom as he told me of his experiences, but also a ...

Half-Drunk At 2 A.M., How Good Are You?

In the wake of the horrific slaughter at an Orlando, Fla., night club, we are again hearing, "If one good man with a gun had been there, the result would have been different."Yes. I agree. Different.But ... better? No.I have never been in a gay night club at 2 a.m.But, in my misspent youth ...

Keeping The Vigil

On a cool and cloudy day this week, my mother passed away. We were treed in by now - the flickering leaves finding their essential green, almost summer, the air fair and soft. It seemed too pretty a day to leave the earth.We had witnessed her struggle in the days before, hour after hour with no ...

Keeping The Vigil

On a cool and cloudy day this week, my mother passed away. We were treed in by now - the flickering leaves finding their essential green, almost summer, the air fair and soft. It seemed too pretty a day to leave the earth.We had witnessed her struggle in the days before, hour after hour with no ...

Celebrating Father’s Day

Many men in many fields have had the distinction of being honored as the Father of one area or another, or one accomplishment or another, some we remember easily as a result of our educations, and some we have run across in some of our reading. In my research, I found some of these to be very ...

How About Some Rhubarb?

My whole family likes rhubarb, but some of us like it better than others. I finally made that sauce with orange juice (in my second cookbook). It was as delicious as I remembered. My grandson came to visit so I shared some with him. I plan to finish it up today with my lunch.Rhubarb is ...

The Tree Guys

You may have already met the tree guys somewhere, hanging out having a beer or even hanging upside down from a tree in your yard.But it seems that the guys who pulled into my friend's driveway to remove a few trees are local celebrities - the kind of guys who walk into a bar and everyone shouts ...

Editor’s Note

To me, Father's Day weekend was always synonymous with school letting out and warm weather pushing us full steam ahead into my favorite season.The Frewsburg Gala Days also kicked off many of my childhood summers, often falling close to this weekend's holiday. Coincidentally, the Gala Days are ...

My Grandfather, My Friend

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my maternal grandfather's death.Roger Wave Lafferty, born June 25, 1941, was one of my greatest male role models growing up, though I often wish I would have told him as much while he was still around to hear it.On June 16, 2006, I was a self-involved ...

Ali Enlightened Me On Vietnam

I like to say it was older fellow college students who changed my mind about the Vietnam War.But Muhammad Ali crystallized things.The older students opened my eyes, true. Guys I hung around with in German class, in Reserve Officer Training Corps exercises, in a fraternity, in charity drives ... ...

We Are One Nation

I've written to you often about my faith, my family and over time, I have unraveled some tales of my life.However, I don't think I've given an adequate look at the love I have for my country and the patriotism that burns in my heart.I am an American. Proudly, I pledge allegiance to the flag of ...

Another Pet Peeve (Or Two, Or Three)

A while back, I expressed some irritability with a pet peeve regarding some people's failure of flushing toilets in various places. Today's "Voice from the Bullpen" adds a few other peeves to the list which I need to vent.I always tried to teach my children to be aware of their surroundings ...

Testing And Graduating Memories

Today I joined the coffee crowd at a nearby fast food place. I was killing time until I could meet family for a visit. I was the driver for my grandson who was taking his SATs. Since he opted to do the essay portion as well I was in for a long wait.I read the newspaper that I brought and ...

Moments That Lift Our Sprits

Sometimes I get inspired to write on a subject matter that I've written before. Do I dare write on the subject in mind again? Yes. The inspiration is rooted to emphasize a point. Therein the subject carries great value. I'd ask the readership to humor me.Kindness, a song of joy and a gift have ...