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Our Annual Tropical Vacation

Ten years ago, as a retirement gift, my bride, Sally, got us tickets for a Jimmy Buffett concert being held in Burgettstown, Pa., about 20 minutes from Pittsburgh. I love Buffett’s songs, many of them neat stories set to music, some of them allowing listeners to able to relate to in their ...

for 7-23-17

The Eye Of The Beholder

I doubt if I’ve ever before had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of a creature whose formal first name is “Beautiful.” I found that appellation particularly curious because, to my eyes, Beautiful is not. What it is is a very strange looking moth: the Beautiful Wood Nymph ...

A Trip To Pittsburgh

Let me preface this with a disclaimer as to the names of the places visited. I did my best to research and get things right, but if there is a discrepancy please just stay with me. When country folks go to the big city it is always an adventure. The roads we drive at home do not always have ...

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I Saw The Sign … Sort Of

I wish I had taken a psych course or two in college, or at least some sort of consumer psychology class, if such a thing exists. I’m never short on questions pertaining to consumer behavior, but finding answers is another story. My lifelong struggle continues as I try and dissect ...

Still A Lot Of Summer Left

The summer season moves quickly here in Chautauqua County. That may be partly due to the plethora of events planned over a relatively short three month period. But even as we approach the end of July there is still so much to see and do this summer. Be sure to plan a trip to the Chautauqua ...

No One Wanted To Tell The King

One thing the Scandinavians are most proud of is their ship building heritage. It’s true that the Vikings wouldn’t have been the Vikings without those long, sleek ships tumbling over the waves of the North Sea. There are ship building museums and sailing activities and maritime books ...

Cemeteries, To Me, Are Familiar Places

Cemeteries do not creep me out. These days, visiting one cemetery in particular is like “Old Home Week.” Oh, I can think of places I would rather be on dark and stormy nights amid shadowy monuments when tree leaves flail in tempo with the eerie moans of the howling wind. But I feel ...

Don’t Stop Me Now

After a long and, at times, exhausting weekend full of live playing music I have just enough time to reflect on the memories I’ve made while looking forward to the ones to come over the next few days. Pulling off three consecutive gigs in a two-day time span was just the thing I needed to ...

Trouble: God Sees You

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 Jesus reminded us here in John that we will have trouble in this life. It’s an unavoidable thing — the world is messy, and so ...

Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade. Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? ...

Compartment Syndrome Is An Emergency Situation

DEAR DR. ROACH: Two months ago, my husband fell down a flight of stairs and fractured six ribs and a vertebra in his neck. He is 65 years old and was in good health before this accident. He was hospitalized in a level 1 trauma center and was doing well until 10 days after the accident, when ...

The 16 Things You Must Believe If The ‘Witch Hunt’ Accusation Is True

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering ...

Newlywed’s World Caves In When The Truth Comes Out

DEAR ABBY: I dated the perfect man for two years. When he asked me to marry him, I had to say yes. He was kind, gentle, attentive, easygoing, full of dreams, great sense of humor, an excellent provider and sexually the best. Three months after our perfect wedding, it all began to unravel. ...

Unanswered Questions Of 2017

In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: ‘’France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know ...

I Am Soooo Lucky To Be Swabbing Floors

His name is Kanu.  He was swabbing the floor at a Dunkin’ Donuts.  Just before closing.  I kidded him.  And he hit me with a comment and a look on his face that nearly knocked me off my stool. I had watched him pluck donuts from racks and wrap them. Prepare sandwiches.  Cash out the ...

PGA Event Good For Our Economy

The Chautauqua Regional Economic Development Corporation, LECOM, Peek’n Peak, and all of the other sponsors of this great event are to be congratulated for working to produce the high successful 2017 LECOM Health Challenge! The efforts of so many to hold this PGA sanctioned tournament in ...

Story Of A Girl

Remember our young adolescent girl? She has relocated from the family house. She and her mom have a small apartment that contrasts greatly with the nice home they once shared with her dad. She doesn’t see him. She doesn’t have any communication with him. She knows that she misses her ...

Ripley Wants Taxpayers In The Dark

At a recent Ripley Town Board meeting, a book I authored, “Killing Ripley II,” was discussed. The board wanted the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield to stop selling my book. The OBSERVER and the Westfield Republican newspapers covered and reported the meeting. Apparently the board ...

Reed: The Dignity Of Developing Our Workforce

I see it everywhere I go: We need better job opportunities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. People regularly tell me about how their children and grandchildren have left because they cannot find good jobs where they grew up. We need to help people get the training they need for the jobs ...

Fireworks In The Neighborhood

Today in the world we live in, we really don’t have to leave our house to be fed, provided for, educated or even entertained, thanks to the power and advancements of technology, the Internet, television infomercials, YouTube DIY videos and even changes in laws. It’s even changed how some ...