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What’s not to like about pansies? Their cheerful appearance, colorful flowers, and subtle scent combined with their ability to handle cold weather make it a wonderful garden plant. The blooms are … more
Hank Brown — who was called the dean of local radio broadcasters because he was — died last week. He was 91. He started in radio as a young man and retired 55 years later, which surprised me … more
It was a sunny summer afternoon, and the family picnic was truly a sight to behold. Fresh baked pies, juicy watermelons, and the barbecue smoke filled the air with childhood memories. And there it … more

“Firestarter” is a non-starter. If you have fond memories of the 1984 version or even the original Stephen King novel, hold on to them and don’t sully those memories by watching this new 2022 … more
For a long time I wasn’t sure how to begin this reflection. After a week when we have seen the worst in humanity rear its ugly head again, this time in the plans and actions of a young man who … more
Medicare coverage is probably the last thing you think about when you hop in the car to drive down to Pennsylvania for a festival or up to Canada for a quick weekend trip. But emergencies do arise. … more
Michael Lewis wrote a fantastic book about the 2008 housing market collapse, titled “The Big Short.” This was later made into a movie starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and … more
As is my daily practice, I check out the day’s list of newspaper obituaries. The other day I was shocked.  What shocked me were the dates. Every one of the dearly departed — each and everyone … more
The excitement filled the air. I could not wait to show off my newly learned skills. I opened the music book, and with one of my 10-year-old fingers, I proceeded to delight my parents with a … more
A jacket was among the latest donations I took to our church thrift shop in Ilion. And since this jacket had a story behind it, I made a point of dropping it off at a time when someone would be there … more
More so than an actual movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is more like just another episode in the always enjoyable and very popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. After more than a … more
Spring is such a wonderful time of the year. We see the trees bud, the smell of fresh mowed grass, and new growth comes alive. We can look around and see creation spring to life. It reminds us of the … more
Most of us can point to very good friends we’ve been able to acquire over a lifetime. If you’re lucky, you get to spend many years with them and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded souls. I have … more
The word “legend” gets tossed around a lot when describing people who have had a long-term impact on an industry. With “Hank” Brown, that word is most fitting. Brown, who died at age 91 in … more
Lilacs are one of the most beloved shrubs. Some are classified as small trees, but it doesn’t matter: it’s the carefree flowering, the fragrance, and the low maintenance that is attractive. … more
Let’s talk about worries. As a child, in an ideal world, this word should not even be in their vocabulary. It should be a world of wonder, learning, discovery, play and love. We know this is not … more
I thought I knew all about the information that consumer reporting agencies were collecting on me. Then I discovered The Work Number — a database that reports every paycheck I’ve received from my … more
I heard you loud and clear! You told me as soon as the weather gets warmer, you cannot wait to resume some outdoor activities. How about enjoying the sunshine outside, and eating nutritiously without … more
As we fiddle and flounder (yeah, I changed it) our way through life, we come across many different kinds of people. The literalist tends to take everything at face value and put his trust in the … more
In case someone is wondering, and I hope someone is, I’m doing better on my goal to read a book a week in 2022. I had been behind, but now I’m almost on schedule. We are 18 weeks into 2022. … more
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