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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 ...

Beat The Heat

We've had some pretty hot days recently and the summer's far from over. On Facebook, there are lots of reminders about not leaving your pet in a closed car, as well as what you should do if you see a dog in distress in a car. Although it's a tempting thought to break a window, or try to open a ...

Editor’s Note

I'm consistently amazed by the way life twists and turns in all sorts of different directions.One day, it can seem as though things will never be right again - and that feeling can go on for days and weeks, or even months for some.I am very in tune with my complex set of emotions.If you're like ...

A Happy Camper

Last week, I decided I'd had enough of missing summer.Every June, I make a list of all the things I want to do in the coming month - usually concerts in Bemus, lectures at the Institution, blueberry picking, jam making, kayaking and hiking.And right around this time every summer I realize I ...

Where The Heart Is

I'm an introspective introvert with a flair for occasional oversensitivity, yet I'm not ashamed in the least.For as long as I can remember, I've allowed offhanded comments and decisions made by those I consider anywhere within the faintest proximity to my comfort zone to impact my emotional ...

Pokemon Go: The Greatest Catch

I have walked over 8 miles in the past two days.Not because I've adopted some crazy fitness regimen or because my car broke down somewhere, but rather because I have been bitten by the Pokemon bug.Alas, I have been infected with the desire to "Catch 'Em All" and I can't shake it.My husband and ...

The Absence Of Bats

I've been asking people all summer if they've noticed that the bats are gone and most people are surprised at first, then doubtful, then they Google it to find the truth, then they're dismayed.The disappearance of our bats is one of those things I can't seem to wrap my mind around because bats ...

Editor’s Note

My love for summertime is strengthened not only by the lovely weather, but also the landscape that comes to life in the sunshine.I love how the flowers are in full bloom, pollinated by bees big and small. They don't bother me much, even though I had an unfortunate interaction with a nest at the ...

Into That Good Night

My recent move to the north side of town has come with a change in evening scenery as I wind my day down.For the first five years since moving back to Jamestown, my nearly nightly routine consisted of runs and walks circuiting Fletcher Elementary School and its adjacent park. Now, my nocturnal ...

From ‘A Stitch In Time’ To ‘Ka-Ching’

Goodbye to good old "home ec."The DuBois Area School District recently decided to replace the hallowed learn-to-cook, learn-to-sew classes that stretch back through generations, and instead teach balance-a-checkbook, invest-in-stocks and choose-a-good-job topics.Hooray - I think.Wa-a-a-y back ...

Dear Readers, This One’s For You

"And you can tell everybody this is your song. It may be quite simple, but now that it's done hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world,""Your Song" by Elton JohnDear readers, I have to pause for just a moment and offer ...

Dismissing The Word ‘Can’t’

"Can't is a word that is foe to ambition,an enemy ambush to shatter your will.It's prey forever, to a man with a mission,and bows but to courage, and patience, and skill.So hate it with hatred that is deep and undying,for once it is welcomed, 'twill break any man.And whatever the goal you are ...

Many Memories Involve Cherries This Time Of Year

When the beginning of July rolls around, I cannot help but think of cherries. My love of cherries goes back many years. When I was young, we always bought our cherries. My grandfather and I were the only ones who ate them.I preferred the big, red-black cherries known as Ox-heart, but we also ...

Courage And Grit

My sister Vicky was born in early September when it still feels like summer, before we returned to school. On the day she came home from the WCA Hospital, I waited outside the house on Ivy Street in the grassy berm between sidewalk and curb, dressed in my cowboy boots, legs sprawled on the ...

Midway Through The Summer

If you've spent a lifetime here then you must remember what it was like to sit in the backseat of your parent's car and make your way to Midway.There's that point past Maple Springs where the road becomes very straight, and as a seasoned Midway fan, you knew exactly where you'd spot the sign ...