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Singing In The Rain

July 31, 2014 There aren’t many things for which I’m willing to stand helpless in the rain, but I think a concert that required four hours of driving qualifies for that distinction. more »»

Grandchildren: We Are Out Of Step

July 30, 2014 When it comes to grandchildren — all 16 of them — we don’t do “step.” It’s just too much trouble. But we do have one running joke along those lines. The children have complicated lineages. more »»

Hello, Stranger

July 27, 2014 Say hello to a stranger. Once upon a time, I was calling a business and a receptionist answered. more »»

Summer Food And Fun

July 27, 2014 Patty Hammond leads Family and Consumer Science Programs at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. It seems like every summer is jam packed with special events and parties. more »»

I Challenge You!

July 27, 2014 I challenge you to compare the many offerings when you visit the supermarket. Not all products are what they first seem to be. more »»

Can You Guess Who Said That?

July 27, 2014 As a parent and teacher, often times I heard something said in the house with my kids, or in the classroom with my students and it immediately struck a nerve, prompting my quick response of, “Who... more »»

Roughing It On The Road

July 26, 2014 We’re going camping, which provides the perfect opportunity for someone like me to stand in the great outdoors aisle of a discount store and marvel at the foreign world of camping gear. more »»

Editor's Note

July 26, 2014 We live in a house filled with second-hand furniture, and day by day, our collection grows. more »»

More About Thunder

July 26, 2014 After my column on thunderstorms and fireworks appeared in the paper, I received a lovely phone call from a woman who wanted to tell me about Thunder Shirts. more »»

‘The Dunnery Effect’

July 24, 2014 Most Americans are probably not familiar with Francis Dunnery, but the English musician has demonstrated to me personally why he could and should be a household name. more »»

The Terrible Tree That Would Not Sink

July 23, 2014 Who plants Christmas trees in July? Quite a few people do this for future Christmas harvests or for reforestation. The planting of evergreens is not uncommon in June and July. more »»

Renewing A Tradition Of Civic Problem-Solving

July 21, 2014 Labor strife in the early 1970s had Jamestown’s economy in a vise grip. Strikes and other work stoppages were causing businesses to flee and unemployment to soar to more than twice the national rate. more »»

Hummingbirds Love The Yard

July 20, 2014 I used to faithfully put up my hummingbird feeders as soon as I saw the little guys return, but now with the bears in our area I hesitate to feed them. I have done the next best thing. more »»

When Did We Get To Be Such Pigs?

July 20, 2014 Last fall, on opening day for the NFL, Sally and I were in Cleveland watching the Indians take on the Mets and the Browns happened to be playing home on the same day. more »»

We All Have A Voice That Wants To Be Heard, But Who Will Answer?

July 13, 2014 Recently, I spent time with a retiree. During our hours together in his vehicle, he revealed much about his character. more »»

Family Times Always Made For Fun

July 13, 2014 When the children were young and wanted some fun we made as much fun at home as we could. Instead of taking our children someplace we figured out how to have fun at home. more »»

‘You Gotta Have Heart’

July 13, 2014 Being a baseball fan, I have enjoyed many baseball-themed productions on stage and screen — both the small and big screen — one of those being the story of an elderly man who sold his soul to the... more »»

Thunder And Fireworks

July 12, 2014 I love getting weather updates on the computer because I can check the weather hour by hou. more »»

A World Without America

July 12, 2014 My daughter was here over the holiday and thought to earnestly ask me what is causing America’s decline. more »»

Editor's Note

July 12, 2014 Last Saturday I found myself following my fiancee through the trails of Presque Isle State Park on a bulky, awkward, yellow bicycle. more »»



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