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Editor's Note

April 30, 2016 I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately, but not in a doom-and-gloom sense of the word. more »»

The Two ‘H’ Words: Husbands And Home Improvement

April 30, 2016 My mother kept telling me to watch the HGTV show “Fixer-Upper,” saying what a cute couple it is that runs around Waco, Texas, making masterpieces out of houses most of us would drive by. more »»

The Time Is Now, Not Later

April 27, 2016 Did you ever eat the candy, Now and Later? For those of you who haven’t, the candies come in little squares and are in a variety of colors. It’s a chewy, salt-water taffy kind of candy. more »»

Remembering My Father

April 24, 2016 My father loved stories. As far back as I can remember, he was reading stories or telling stories. He was the youngest child and the only boy born to Ben Johnson and his Finnish wife, Martha. more »»

We Did Survive

April 24, 2016 Gloria Gaynor hit the record charts in the late ’70s with a song titled “I Will Survive” that eventually became a featured song in one of my favorite movies, “The Replacements,” starring Keanu Reeve... more »»

Learning To Lighten Things Up

April 24, 2016 Everyone in my family has an interest in lightening up the food we eat. When I read a recipe or see something made I think about how I could make it lighte. more »»

It’s Still The Taxes, New York

April 23, 2016 I just read about a family in New York City looking to buy a house and the whole story is indicative of what’s going on out there in real estate. It isn’t pretty. more »»

Editor's Note

April 23, 2016 A reader who commented on Thursday’s question of the day (Have you ever planted a tree?) wrote: “Plant, cut, burn, paint, photograph, trim, clean up after, eat the fruit of and climb. I love trees. more »»

Poisonous Plants

April 23, 2016 It looks like spring is finally here and, while I’m no gardener myself, I know that many people like to be out in their yards, either planning a garden, or adding flowers and shrubs to the yard. more »»

Resting On The Seventh Day

April 20, 2016 This past weekend has been one of the best in memory for me, my dear readers. (I hope you don’t mind, by the way, that I call you ‘dear readers. more »»

When I Sing, The Malady Lingers On

April 20, 2016 I cannot make music. During all of my 73 years, I have been off-key when trying to bring music out of me. I suspect that, as an infant, I squalled in D minor when everybody else was squalling in E. more »»

A Bit Of Bathroom History

April 17, 2016 Do you remember outhouses? As a youngster, I encountered outhouses in several locations. One place that had an outhouse was my aunt and uncle’s cottage on Lake Erie. more »»

Mourning The Loss Of A Friend

April 17, 2016 I am inspired to write this article with a heavy heart. A man, for anonymity reasons I’ll call simply R, recently passed away. R was a relatively young man, though in his 50. more »»

Passing The Cemetery

April 17, 2016 Whenever I pass the Lake View Cemetery, I think how solemn it is with its gray, granite markets and its tall and stately Hemlocks and Maples on a rise overlooking the lak. more »»

Editor's Note

April 16, 2016 On a recent trip to the gas station, I overheard the cashiers talking about a man who had just littered as he pulled away from the pump. more »»

Letter To A Daughter

April 16, 2016 I labeled your dilemma the minute you started to speak today. It comes from experience but also an inner knowing: What you’ve got are the “in-between blues. more »»

A Shining Light Is Never Extinguished

April 13, 2016 A light has gone out from the world, my friends — a soft, glowing warmth of a person that brought grace and beauty to our area, impacted many people through true relationship and cared deeply about... more »»

What’s Wrong With These Scenarios?

April 10, 2016 There are some who say that because it is on the Internet, it has to be true. more »»

Celebrating April Fool’s Day With My Furry Friend

April 10, 2016 As I celebrated April Fool’s Day, I also celebrated the anniversary of finding a new furry friend. more »»

Editor's Note

April 9, 2016 Blue jeans. They’re as American as apple pie. more »»



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