Local Commentaries

Love letter to Jamestown

A few weekends ago, I went to the movies and saw Lady Bird, a typical coming of age tale about a girl who is at war with where she’s from. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, the film’s heroine, believes all her problems can be left behind in Sacramento, at her parents’ house. A ...

Absolutely perfect

The Princess of Boston is a Teenager. It happened this week. Those of you who are regular readers of my ramblings are probably shaking your head - as I have been. Didn’t she just write about that little preschooler a couple of years ago? Well yes, but “the couple of years” turns out ...

Favorite haunts from years ago

Here I want to reminisce about the places that I ate when I was growing up. Incidentally, none of them are still around. My favorite place to go for Sunday dinner was Rusch's restaurant. I recall reading the menu and wondering what "chicken fricassee" was. Grandma told me it would be 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. Central issue Board meetings in large spaces with many people around sometimes lend themselves to communications problems. At a ...

My former self

There is a neat series of ads running to promote some kind of educational service. They feature an adult and a sort of look-alike who is much younger. The younger person represents the adult when the adult was, say 12 years old. They have a sort of conversation about who they were, who they ...

His favorite diner

“I need a column idea,” I said as I sat down to my cousin’s birthday dinner. It was Friday night, and we’d all gathered to celebrate his... 29th? 30th? I don’t know, this is kind of a sordid family sore spot, truth be told. But we were celebrating him, and his birth, an unknown ...

Korean experience

It was a cold winter morning in Korea. The morning started out like any normal morning. I arose from bed, got dressed, and then I went to breakfast. After breakfast, I went to my first class for the day. It was a class on a flamethrower. A lieutenant was conducting the class. Everything was ...

‘Night, night, Batman’

I currently have seven nieces and nephews whose second birthdays have come and gone, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as the “fun uncle.” Over the years, I have been able to buy them the toys that are too loud and insanely annoying, introduce them to superheroes, and make desperate ...

I understand

I must confess, there’s something I always used to have trouble understanding. I could never fathom whenever someone I knew had a pet, usually a dog or a cat, that died or had to be put down, the way in which they handled the situation. They treated them as if they were a human in a ...

Teamwork

As I watched a sporting event it made me think about teamwork. You cannot navigate through life without teamwork. You experience it within a family. You experience it in the workplace. You experience it in school. You experience it in almost anything you try to do. Webster's defines ...

Failure to swoon

I feel nauseous from information-overload ever since the #MeToo movement began. Not because I don’t believe the movement is a good thing; I do. But because no matter where I go, someone seems to have a flippant opinion to voice about victims of harassment and assault. (How they should be ...

The story of some bunny

Life is busy around here. I work my 8 hours, and then run to school to pick up William four out of five days a week. Then I come home and get supper started. Once everyone is fed, then there are dishes to be washed. I don't own a dishwasher. Once I get the kitchen set to rights, I shut off the ...

A beauty in the tracks

One thing I love about the snow is coming out of my house each morning to see what’s been around. Even living on the less than rural outskirts of the city, I have deer, foxes, cats, rabbits, and birds visiting my yard nearly each evening. I’m pretty sure at least one of the rabbits lives ...

Something light and funny

One thing I love about the snow is coming out of my house each morning to see what’s been around. Even living on the less than rural outskirts of the city, I have deer, foxes, cats, rabbits, and birds visiting my yard nearly each evening. I’m pretty sure at least one of the rabbits lives ...

Happy accidents

A dinner conversation with an old friend was just getting into an interesting subject when dessert was served. After only a few idea exchanges, the meal was over and I never got back to Joe’s interesting premise — how simple incidents in our lives can completely turn the direction of our ...

Thoughts provoked by The Bachelor

Every Monday night I tune in to ABC and watch The Bachelor. Not because I actually enjoy it (I regard the 2 hours of “he’s so amazing!” and helicopter dates like a kind of torture), but because seeing a group of 22-year-olds compete for a graying 36-year-old makes my reality, the world of ...

If not now, when?

What is lost, cannot be regained, but what is left, may still be saved. The current education reform that has been presented to the county over the past two weeks has certainly caught the attention of the people. It’s worrisome that the topic was not at the forefront of everyone’s ...

It’s not because it’s broccoli

Dinner at my house is basically an extended exercise in hostage negotiation. My kids don’t like to eat what I make. Even if they like eating what I make. It’s a control thing. It’s become this weird haggling situation where if I put three broccoli florets on a plate, at least one of ...

Take your pick

In a recent column, I mentioned the “one cuts the other chooses” concept. It’s a way to be sure a tasty item is shared fairly. One person cuts the cookie, piece of cake, or pie slice and the other person gets to pick which piece they want. So, the cutter makes every effort to make the cut ...

Just the weather for soup!

I heard the guy on the radio announce that January is National Soup Month. This year certainly began with a bang. The temperatures dipped below zero, the perfect time to enjoy soup. Actually during the winter months I plan on making different kinds of soup each week. It makes a hearty meal ...