Local Commentaries

Art of communication

I wrote down a quote that I liked from a television broadcast. The quote was, "Talking is still the best form of communication." How will today's youth engage in the art of communication? They are constantly on their cell phones and other devices. They communicate with texts that often have ...

A whole lotta love

It was Valentine’s Day. When people need love. I’ll have to say I love you in a song. Have you had enough of silly love songs? What’s love got to do with it? Are you a believer in endless love and the power of love? Does love make the world go ‘round? Have you gotta whole lotta ...

What’s in your attic?

How often do you clean your attic? How often do you go up those creaky stairs and just look at all the stuff accumulated up there? Overwhelming? Frustrating? Do you just turn around and go back downstairs and close the door to not look at it again for another 6 months or a year? I often ...

That ‘V’ Word

The “V” word people think about in February is “Valentine’s Day”. This article is about another important “V” word that is also about love – “volunteering”. People often fear or avoid commitment. Yet without the commitment of people who volunteer, many things would go ...

In a rut?

Our beloved local historian, Chase Putnam, helped kick off the new session of Leadership Warren County recently. Great history lesson and a little pithy editorializing. He showed slides (yes, slides, not a powerpoint) of the early days of Warren and the surrounding area. Some places, like ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Something else In the school board committee’s agenda, there are spaces reserved in case someone wants to talk about something not ...

Goodie’s time in Europe

Since I was in my early teen years during World War II, the war left me with some strong memories, not the least of which was the photos my brother-in-law, Walter J. Good, sent home from Europe some 70 years ago. “Goodie, “as we called him, ran a canopied Esso gas station on in Erie at ...

Out of the minors

You’ll have to forgive me for borrowing a baseball analogy. This isn’t a sports column. Although, I do work with Andy Close and Brian Hagberg every night and there is A LOT of talk about sports. I’m not completely sports illiterate, but I don’t really have much to add beyond my own ...

A way with words…

Congrats to all the competitors. Being knocked out of the Warren County Spelling Bee is not a shameful thing. Like any competition with an eventual champion — almost every competitor loses their last game — or, in this case, misspells their last word. Only one speller out of the ...

Flurries in the south towns

It's frequently said that the meaning of craziness is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The jury is out whether the quote is from Einstein or Mark Twain. It doesn't matter who said actually said it. I still haven't learned the lesson. But it's ...

Quacking at my window

When I moved to Warren in October I was thrilled to hear quacking from my open window and head down to the creek to feed the ducks. I’ve always been a bit of a Birdbrain. Imagine my excitement when despite recent frigid temperatures I discovered what I thought might be a rare ...

No denying I’m a grammar nerd

I consider myself a grammar nerd. There really wouldn’t be any point in denying it. It’s not that I’m the best at grammar, nor that I enjoy English’s many stupid quirks. I have grammar nerd competitions — not arguments — with my grammar nerd wife. I will not call them ...

Marriage vows

At Valentine’s Day, we think of love. Love comes in all forms; love for family, love for friends, romantic love. Those who will become engaged this Valentine’s Day are “in love”. Valentine’s Day is a popular day for engagements and weddings. Since divorce statistics are so grim ...

Ups and downs

We all experience varying degrees of ups and downs in our mood and in our day-to-day functioning. What constitutes a problem with mood? Depression is a difficult thing to grasp. What is the difference between just having the blues and being clinically depressed? Many people struggle with ...

Flurries in the south towns

It’s frequently said that the meaning of craziness is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The jury is out whether the quote is from Einstein or Mark Twain. It doesn’t matter who said actually said it. I still haven’t learned the lesson. But ...

Who’s your person?

How many times a day do you get asked: "How are you?" How many times do you answer honestly? Most often, in passing, we get asked, flippantly, how we are and we most likely, without thinking, just say "good", "fine", etc. When something bad happens we get asked: "Are you okay"? Again, ...

Clockwork

When I was 15, I entered the workforce as soon as I could. I ran down to my school attendance office and picked up those working papers eager to begin my working career. I worked a little bit of everything in high school, from an ice cream scooper to a cashier at a grocery store, to pizza ...

Here’s to the North American ground squirrel prognosticator

Today marks a long-standing tradition where crowds of people have been gathering since 1886 to witness the “Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary” — Punxsutawney Phil — take center stage and predict the future, at least in ...

The farmer’s alphabet (continued)

Last week I began the Farmer's Alphabet as published year's ago in "Today's Education" February/March 1982. I take up here right where I left off. It was written by Mary Azarian, a former teacher from Vermont. Q - Quilt - I have always loved Amish quilts. I know they are expensive, but I ...

Shuffling off this mortal coil

Earlier this week I attended the funeral of an old friend. We silver citizens find ourselves at funerals more often than at weddings and christenings these days. It goes with the territory. One old geezer that I see mostly at funerals said to me, “We have to stop meeting like this.” ...