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Food, Faith, Farmers

I just came off of a week about food, faith, and farmers. While this may seem like a strange assortment of concepts it all worked very well. Each day during the week was begun with a religious service. Our minister’s message was rooted in the Bible and delivered eloquently. The speakers ...

True Colors Come Shining Through

The article “Healthcare Debate Has Shown Us True Colors” is spot on. It shows us the writer’s “TRUE COLORS”. When President Trump said he wanted to “drain the swamp” only those lacking knowledge and awareness would take that to mean Democrats only. To bring up the Health Care ...

Businesses Can Reduce Energy Useage And Save

It’s no secret that energy costs can be significant for businesses of all types. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, nearly three-quarters of the electric energy efficiency potential in New York State resides in the business and industry sector. Energy ...

Eliminating Cat Odor

My last column was about dog-related events while on vacation. I’d like to be able to write an entire column about “vacation cats” but cats just aren’t as obvious as dogs. People don’t generally walk their cats, and, cats are not widely used as herding animals. Cats tend to travel ...

There’s Nothing Like This Apple Pie

When I used to lead fall leaf peeper tours around New England, we’d always stop at a place called The Apple Barn in Bennington, Vermont. This place has a giant orchard boasting an impressive variety of apples, but the real deal at the Apple Barn is the apple pie. They have, without a doubt, ...

The Coach Made Me A Better Journalist

“Back in the day,” I thought that I was pretty hot stuff as a writer. But the fundamental ability came from God, not from me. I never remember a time when I could not write well. I still grin at how good I was at fooling grade school nuns with absence excuses typed on my Dad’s old ...

Take A Hike

Summer is quickly coming to an end. We have all been taking advantage of the great weather this month has left to offer and soaking up the sun as much as we can. Before we know it, we’ll be back to wearing our comfy sweaters and consuming pumpkin spice lattes just to stay warm. One ...

Behavioral Changes Call For A Checkup

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, who is 66, has been leaving cupboard doors and some dresser drawers open for the past year or so. Is this a sign of anything to be concerned about? — Anon. ANSWER: It sounds like this is a new behavior for her, and I would indeed be concerned about it. Changes in ...

What Still Unites  Us?

Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Expropriating the biblical mandate, “Go forth ...

Elderly Usher’s ‘Proposals’ Draw Reaction From Readers

DEAR ABBY: Regarding the letter from “Dumbstruck in the East” (April 22), whose 9-year-old daughter has been getting “proposals of marriage” from a church usher in his 70s. An old man at church said things like that to me when I was about her age. He also was always trying to hug me. It ...

A Nation Divided By Identity Politics

Every generation has its own axe to grind, attitudes to assume and enemies to attack. It’s the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes without. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image. Action and reaction can be creative as well as ...

Viral Pneumonia Can Cause Shortness Of Breath, As Can COPD

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 68-year-old woman. I still work part time, walk 2-3 miles a day and enjoy gardening. In late April, I noticed that I was short of breath after exertion, like when walking upstairs or with intensive gardening. Two weeks later, I was so short of breath that I was ...

The President Is Also A Moral Leader

It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain an unscheduled drive from the White House he had once taken. “I was outraged,” the president wrote when he was out of office, “when I read in the newspapers about a black family. ... The ...

Childhood Dog Bite Victim Is Happy With Pet-Free Life

DEAR ABBY: I’m not a dog person. I’m not even an animal person. I am, however, surrounded by dog owners — my family, my husband’s family, my neighbors. Back in middle school, I was bitten several times by dogs while delivering my paper route. My husband has been without a dog for ...

Racial Matters? Let’s Go To Extremes!

Can we please explore another extreme today? We are exposed regularly to extremes on race relations in America. Hell, we are battered by them. Riots over shootings. Black Lives Matter. Rebels in the NFL. Statue toppling. “Trigger” words that make some people retch. And name-calling. ...

Meet Hal: Part II

The last article introduced the reader to Hal, a trucker by profession. We learned that Hal’s lengthy work career has been financially successful. However, Hal is arguably in denial about other important elements in his life that include health, family and possibly a gambling ...

Catholic School Reunion

I’ve often reminisced here, and in social settings, about my Catholic School experiences at St. James School. Some you’ve heard from me before, some of these are new. Since there’s no formal reunion this year, I thought I’d sponsor a reunion courtesy of the Voice from the Bullpen. A lot ...

Little Acrobat

People who know me at all know my fondness for resident wildlife does not particularly extend to chipmunks. Oh, sure. They are cute — and, as I’ve related before, Harrod’s in London sold them as pets. I’d be happy to donate a few. Or many. Little thieves, they can reach into any ...

Blessings Of Our Little Ones

A friend recently had a new baby in the family. I congratulated his grandmother knowing that he followed the birth of two little girls. That got me thinking of babies. My own babies are now grown adults with children of their own. I remember it like it was yesterday when each of my children ...