Local Commentaries

9-20-lester-new

Take it easy

I think everyone would agree that we often “take the easy way out.” We “take the path of least resistance.” It’s human nature, isn’t it? I mean, what sense does it make to look for ways to make things more difficult for ourselves? Actually, in a flip-flop sort of way, it makes lots ...

Gross,-Stacey

Breathing underwater not as natural as the breaststroke

I’m learning how to scuba dive. It’s a bucket list thing. Something about the water — whether it’s in the reservoir, the river, the pool, or the ocean - calls me. I feel as comfortable in the water as I do on land. I can’t remember a summer of my childhood not spent at the edge of ...

Jeff Tome
For The Audubon

Unusual things

How do you know what you saw is what you saw? There are some animals that everyone just seems to know, such as robins, Blue Jays and Raccoons. But what defines the essential “raccoon-ness” of a raccoon? Would you recognize one if it was completely or partially white? Would you know for sure ...

Ann-Swanson-new

Without electricity

No water and no heat - that was the reality for me when the electric was out. Now I should mention that I was able to heat the living room with the gas fireplace that I have. It runs but the fan does not work to disperse the heat. A couple nights this past week I have enjoyed the evening ...

Afterthoughts

Musical chairs The video recording of meetings has driven a new and entertaining trend. Visitors see the camera and make sure they are nowhere near where it is pointing. That means the comfortable chairs around the table are less occupied than they have been and the bench along the wall fills ...

rogusphoto

My Muslim friends Part II: Shakespeare, Hijab, and car pooling

It’s amazing what you can learn about a person, or persons, when car pooling. Last week I wrote about meeting my two new friends during classes at Gannon: Raja from Libya and Rafa from Saudi Arabia. Both were in the U.S. on educational visas. This is a continuation of that first meeting. We ...

O'Brien-new-9-15

Scarface and friends

When you marry late in life there’s a lot to learn about the other person. Dear Richard and I got talking about skating last weekend, a subject we hadn’t explored. Turns out he had spent a lot of his teen years roller skating while I was more of an ice skater. I even told him about the ...

Afterthoughts

Profiling By at least one measure, I’m in the right line of work. When walking into an eating establishment to be introduced to a political appointee, she said, “That must be him. He looks like a reporter.” What, exactly, does a reporter look like? I wasn’t wearing a hat with a tiny ...

Hornburg,-Debby

Menfolk

We are lucky enough to see William just about every day. We provide his care while his mother's at work (when he's not in school) but William routinely spends Friday nights with his grandma and grandpa and he is a real fan of those Friday night sleepovers. One of his favorite things is his ...

9-20-lester-new

Wrestling career

I was 3-0! I never was much of an athlete. I went to my first little league baseball practice and was handed a glove for a right-hander. I’m left-handed. I tried out for football in junior high, but the shoulder pads were wider than I was tall. Oh, we played a lot of games in the ...

Gross,-Stacey

A matter of perspective

According to Google, which is obviously the oracle of our times, “Most plane crash survivors were sitting in the rear half. The odds of being killed in a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million. There is 1 in 3 chance of living if your plane crashed. With all these facts considered, it is ...

Ann-Swanson-new

Reminiscing about writing

I began writing as most of you did with paper and pencil. Although I do not really remember the process I do remember when I learned cursive writing. That was not an easy process for me. I remember getting a poor grade and that hurt my feelings. When I got into the upper grades we were ...

Bleech

Semi-auto rifles almost a non-issue

Numerous serious deer hunters in Warren County, and many more hunters who have known about it for years, are not concerned much about the proposal to allow semi-automatic rifles for big game hunting in Pennsylvania. Not many anyway. Those hunters who have hunted New York for big game have ...

Katie Finch
For The  Audubon

Goldfinches

Since the unusually warm days in late February when turtles basked in the sun, fuzzy Pussy Willows peeked out of their hard brown buds and green spikes of daylilies pierced the unfrozen ground I’ve been looking for more signs of spring. A friend of mine said spring in Western NY and PA is ...

Gross,-Stacey

Not easily understood

I know I’m supposed to love diamonds. Word around the campfire, after all, is that they’re a girl’s best friend. They’re alright. I much prefer opals, but most of all I love pearls. Neither is considered a good luck charm. Pearls are said to represent tears and, for the ...

9-20-lester-new

Elements

The periodic table of the elements is something I studied in high school but never really understood. I memorized what a bunch of the symbols stood for. I still remember some of the oddball ones like Fe for iron and Hg for mercury. Mom helped me with some ways to remember some of them. She ...

Ann-Swanson-new

Here today, gone tomorrow

I guess one would say that the weather is her today, but gone tomorrow. One day last week it was over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The next day it was just above 30 degrees and snowing. How is anyone to remain healthy with this kind of weather. The almost non-existent winter has wreaked havoc ...

O'Brien-new-9-15

Plugging in

People don’t talk much on planes anymore. Back in the day when I wore the trim blue uniform of an American Airlines stewardess, everyone chatted with their seat partners. We heard it all . . . laughter, love and lies. Some passengers chatted just enough to be polite, realizing quickly ...

rogusphoto

My Muslim friends; Part I: The meeting

When I was working on my Master’s in English at Gannon, I was the “other” student because of my age and background. My leanings toward conservative views and family values kept me going. While my younger peers created classroom presentations related to pop-culture (a current trend), I ...

rogusphoto

God bless Trump for trying

“It is important that we unify the country.” — Donald Trump God Bless Donald Trump. During his televised talk on Feb.16 (I watched on Fox News), Trump called for “an honest press.” He’s making a case for the media attacks and fake news against him. He talks about the bias and the ...