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My Grandfather, My Friend

June 16, 2016 Today marks the 10th anniversary of my maternal grandfather’s deat. more »»

Ali Enlightened Me On Vietnam

June 15, 2016 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, tru. more »»

We Are One Nation

June 15, 2016 I’ve written to you often about my faith, my family and over time, I have unraveled some tales of my life. more »»

Moments That Lift Our Sprits

June 12, 2016 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. more »»

The Ache Of Memory

June 12, 2016 DERRY, N.H. — As a literature professor and English teacher for most of my working life, and a lover of books since I could read, I have always been interested in writers and where they lived. more »»

Another Pet Peeve (Or Two, Or Three)

June 12, 2016 A while back, I expressed some irritability with a pet peeve regarding some people’s failure of flushing toilets in various places. more »»

Testing And Graduating Memories

June 12, 2016 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. more »»

Westfield Is Hot

June 11, 2016 When I was growing up, a distant relative of mine from Jamestown would pack a sack lunch several times in the fall and head to Westfield to help harvest grapes. more »»

Editor's Note

June 11, 2016 On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is my job to enter and format obituaries in the system. I spend a lot of time on the phone with funeral directors and family members of the deceased. more »»

Declawing Is Amputation

June 11, 2016 There’s been quite a bit of publicity over the proposed legislation to ban the declawing of cats. Growing up, many people I knew declawed their house cats. It seemed to be the norm. more »»

Songs From The South(ern Tier)

June 9, 2016 Few things in life have given me the kind of satisfaction I feel after a giving a solid, well-attended performanc. more »»

How Do You Say ‘Woman’?

June 8, 2016 I love the way my pastor says the word, “Woman.” Instead of the typical pronunciation, he says, “Whoa-man.” As in, “Whoa, man ... she is amazing. She is loved. She is special. more »»

When You Come To A Fork In The Road

June 5, 2016 “When you come to a fork in the road, take it. more »»

The Benefits Of Getting Away For A While

June 5, 2016 I just returned from a road trip to North Carolina. I had been through the area before, but had never spent an extended time there. more »»

Editor's Note

June 4, 2016 I made a trip out of town with my family for Memorial Day weekend, traveling seven hours west for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. more »»

There’s More To Life Than Cheddar

June 4, 2016 He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia — a huge sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people and unimaginable traffic, a daunting yet dynamic place built on a wide, flat delta that is intersected by 13... more »»

The One And Only Billy Shears

June 2, 2016 From industrial Liverpool, England, to rural Salamanca, and all points in between, Ringo Starr’s illustrious music career is a very welcome addition to the list of grade A performers to visit our... more »»

Buffalo Rising

May 28, 2016 I’ve spent some time in Buffalo over the past month and wow. Just wow. more »»

Editor's Note

May 28, 2016 A Vietnam War veteran came into the office on Thursday morning to talk about parade events on Memorial Day. more »»

Cemetery Dogs

May 28, 2016 Another highlight of our trip to Richmond (mentioned in my last “Pet Pen”) was a visit to the city’s Hollywood Cemetery. more »»

 
 
 

 

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