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Murray Delights As Curmudgeonly ‘Vincent’

October 12, 2014 If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. more »»

Downey And Duvall Battle In ‘The Judge’

October 12, 2014 Just put Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in a room together and you’ll have a movie, a truism that “The Judge” does its damnedest to disprove. more »»

Giving Back ... 10,000 Fold

October 12, 2014 On Saturday, Sept. 13, Sally and I had our day mapped out with a full slate of activities. We scheduled things with a time plan so we could get to do everything on our itinerary for that day. more »»

The Summer That Was

October 11, 2014 The summer of 2014 brought far from perfect weather, but it brought a wide variety of arts in a wide range of quality, many near the very top of their respective field. more »»

Summer’s Last Smile

October 11, 2014 After an extended time away, I pulled into my driveway and was greeted by the first round of leaves slumbering in my grass beneath the moo. more »»

Animal Blessings

October 11, 2014 Last Sunday, I attended the blessing of the animals at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. I’m not a member of that church, but I love animals and am also fond of ritual, so I made plans to g. more »»

Editor's Note

October 11, 2014 After spending four September Sundays glued to the television set, we managed to move from the couch to the car last weekend in search of a pumpkin patch and some fall fun. more »»

The Bold Colors Of Autumn

October 5, 2014 The fall equinox is behind us. The bold colors of autumn begin to flourish. On a recent road trip I took in the gorgeous scenery. The sumac leaves are as red as their blossoms these days. more »»

Keeping My Eyes Open

October 5, 2014 People ask me where I get ideas for topics discussed in the “Voice from the Bullpen,” and I reply with a number of answers. more »»

Steel City ‘Souvenir’

October 4, 2014 PITTSBURGH — Some readers have accused me of only liking heavy, classical performances. more »»

Editor's Note

October 4, 2014 The fall season is in full swing, and it’s time to dig those seasonal items out of storage. more »»

The Thing About Shoes

October 4, 2014 My daughter had a blind date recently and I prayed beforehand that the gentleman she was meeting was wearing the right sort of shoes. more »»

Sibling Rivalry

September 28, 2014 Those of us who have brothers and/or sisters know what sibling rivalry is and we all remember, or at least have our own opinion, as to who was the favorite in the family, who was the black sheep of... more »»

How The Cars Have Changed

September 28, 2014 When I wrote about learning to drive it also brought back memories of the cars of that era and before. The first car I remember my family having was a blue Buick. It was probably a late 1940s model. more »»

Editor's Note

September 27, 2014 With our wedding just over a year away, we’ve crossed many tasks off our list. We have many more to complete, but there’s still some time before the final, stress-filled weeks and months arrive. more »»

Living Longer Better

September 27, 2014 “I don’t want to live a day past 75 years old.” That’s what well-known doctor and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel stated in an article he recently penned for The Atlantic magazine. more »»

Curtain Up!

September 27, 2014 BUFFALO — Last weekend was Curtain Up! Weekend, in nearby Buffal. more »»

Catching Up

September 27, 2014 This is apparently going to be a “catch up” column, with some bits of information that I didn’t have when I wrote earlier columns. First, I need to update a book revie. more »»

Seek Out Healthy Bonds Of Love

September 21, 2014 I recently attended a church service and the sermon was about sacred love moments. more »»

Eat — Then Preserve Some Of The Magnificent Bounty

September 21, 2014 Patty Hammond leads Family and Consumer Science Programs at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. The flavor of seasonal fruits and vegetables are at their peak right now. more »»



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