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Take Heart, Dear Friends

September 7, 2016 I don’t know how my mother has survived all these years as she listens to me blather on the phone. I really have no idea. more »»

Literary Travels In New England — Setting As Muse

September 4, 2016 Editor’s Note: This is the first of four columns in a series. Setting as muse. It’s a concept that intrigues me personally. more »»

First Impressions

September 4, 2016 “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” A short time ago, I had an opportunity to see that adage come to life right before my eyes. more »»

The Apple Eaters

September 4, 2016 Bizet had his Pearl Fishers (apologies to those readers who aren’t fans of opera) but I definitely have two canine apple eaters. I have never seen trees as full of apples as in 2015. more »»


September 4, 2016 Everyone needs inspiration. People often ask how I decide what to write about. Often it is by inspiration. I read. I observe. I listen. All of these things lead to what I write about. more »»

Editor's Note

September 3, 2016 I have never known a year that didn’t revolve around a school year. I work like most people not in the education field – all year long. more »»

Going To Rest Area National Park

September 3, 2016 My mother was getting ready to leave the other day to go home but she came up with an idea before walking out the door. “I’ll stay one more night if you’ll take me to the rest area across the lake. more »»

Seasons Change And So Do I

September 1, 2016 September is probably my favorite month of the year, at least this time aroun. more »»

Summer: A Warm Memory

August 31, 2016 I can’t believe that soon it will be September, school will be starting in a few days and the leaves will soon be changing. more »»

‘The Media’? There Is No ‘The’ In ‘Media’

August 31, 2016 Those of us who write commentaries are just as prone to random acts of stupidity as are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. An example? Arthur Schaper’s headline. more »»

On Burying The Dog

August 28, 2016 For a long time, I’ve had three dogs — a big red mutt named Rosie, a fancy little toy poodle named Pip and a handsome Shih Tzu named Toby. Toby came to me from a rescue group in Florid. more »»

Choosing The Right Software

August 28, 2016 Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! Today, I’d like to take a moment to cover software that I either know about or personally use. Let me begin with a disclaimer ... more »»

How Am I Doing So Far?

August 28, 2016 In all walks of life, we have those moments when we have to make decisions — while plotting our courses, taking care of business, sometimes taking chances, assuming risks, making investments, and... more »»

Those Aren’t My Tomatoes

August 28, 2016 Well, they looked just like tomato plants — and I knew I put some tomato seeds in my garden. The plants surprised me by being so happy to grow here, leaping up by the proverbial leaps and bounds. more »»

Harvest Your Peppers

August 28, 2016 If you did not plant peppers this year I am sorry, but it is too late. Peppers require a very specific climate and grow best when it is warm. more »»

Neighborhood Dogs

August 27, 2016 Thinking about the old Allen Park pony ring in my last column reminded me of my old neighborhood and of the dogs who were a part of that neighborhood. more »»

Editor's Note

August 27, 2016 I may offend some people with what I’m about to say ... luckily, I know I probably won’t be receiving any nasty emails from them. I’ve noticed many people still do not use email. more »»

The Grandest Time

August 27, 2016 I found a book the other day at the Lakewood Library on the grand old hotels that dotted the lake in the early to late 19th century. more »»

Come Together

August 25, 2016 One visit to the Winter Garden Plaza last Thursday encapsulated for me everything that I love about this tow. more »»

Summer Sammiches: Now, It’s ‘Maters

August 24, 2016 Move over, hot sausage sammich with peppers and onions. Your season is fading. It is August. County fair and area festival season is still in full swing. more »»



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