Local Commentaries

I remember…

Let me begin this series of articles with a prayer I found in a book I just read titled "Fame" by Karen Kingsbury. "God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close doors, not my will, my God, but yours." Amen. I pray that my memories of Christmas will ...

Pasta pangs

When I was a kid we called it spaghetti. I don’t think I even heard the word pasta until I was into my 20’s and it sounded upscale – fancier than spaghetti. Who knew about fettuccine, rigatoni, fusilli, orzo, and penne? I’m sure my Italian friends did, but back in the dark ages, my ...

Should have been walleye fishing

Nowhere that I know about is it written in stone that we must go deer hunting on the opening day of the regular firearms season. To be bluntly honest, I would rather have a limit of walleye than any deer other than a huge buck. Eating the walleye would be much more enjoyable and more healthy. ...

Local ‘old growth’

A common misconception about trees is that the bigger they are, the older they are. This is not always true. Using size to gauge tree age is very similar to comparing people’s age to their size. Humans start small, hit a growth spurt, and remain mostly the same in size as they age; very hard ...

Calling all parents

This past Monday and Tuesday, I had the pleasure of escorting a young man from Philadelphia to all the community schools — where he spoke to the 9th-12th-grade students. He also spoke at a community event for parents and community members. These presentations were made possible by the ...

‘To celebrate in song’

I have decided to do some trolling. “To antagonize online (or in this case, in print) by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.” (Merriam-Webster) I’m going to troll with regard to some Yuletide carols. “To sing loudly. To ...

The thrill of the hunt

These days you might say I am an armchair hunter. Actually, I never had a hunting license. I ate my breakfast with three deer watching. They watched me move about the kitchen preparing my breakfast, taking my vitamins, then eating. They stood grazing in the yard and did not move except to ...

The Final Five

Have you ever said something and then regretted it? I sure have. Some of those things were said years, even decades ago and I still regret them. Some other of those things were said more recently than that. But for the most part, I’ve learned not to say them in the first place. That took a ...

Our champions

The other day, I had to be reminded that volleyball is my thing. I was at an assignment, totally unrelated to sports. The person I was interviewing asked if I was going to the state volleyball championship. I said no. He looked at me and said, incredulously, “But that’s your ...

Winter blues?

Do the fall leaves and the first chilly days make you want to crawl under a quilt and stay there until spring? Do you tend to feel down, irritable and tired during the winter months? Do projects you started in August slow to a halt if you haven’t finished them by October? Nodding ...

Toe the line

It’s not every Sunday that I work at trying to cut off my big toe.  Just last Sunday.  I hope it’s not a new trend in my weekend activities. I’ve never really thought of myself as clumsy.  I might have to revisit that opinion – maybe I can settle for klutzy.  Whatever we call it, ...

Creating a healthy diabetes diet

Diabetes is a disease which affects the body’s ability to produce or respond normally to a hormone called insulin. This results in an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to health complications like blindness, ...

History of Thanksgiving

What do you suppose the first Thanksgiving was actually like? I am sure it was nothing like the pictures that have surfaced through drawings and paintings. Remember probably everything was cooked over on an open fire. That meant there would be no pies and the turkey and venison were most ...

Painting the season

“‘Twas the day of elections and all through the town, the sun warmed the sidewalk while leaves tumbled down. Many voters cast ballots in both blues and reds while visions of victory danced in their heads. When downtown on Liberty, there arose a slight clatter, I put down my phone to ...

Try walleye and steelhead at Presque Isle Bay

Water temperatures around the area are right about where we want them to be now. We dropped through the 50s so fast in the river that I did not even get out. Now the river is running very high, though, so it may be best to look elsewhere for good fishing. One place high on the list of area ...

Thank our veterans

Tom Brokaw refers to the veterans from World War II as "the greatest generation". I can see why he has given this name to them. I have known several of these veterans. Each one was proud of his/her service. The veterans of that era have been exceptionally close. After all, they saw and ...

Will this really be my last deer rifle?

Nothing builds interest in hunting better than success. If you have a kid you want as a hunting partner, forget for a while the kind of hunting you like best now. Think back to when you were a kid. Was it your dad complaining about what deer hunting was like in the past that got you ...

My kitchen cupboard

There is a cupboard in my kitchen that I dearly love. When we bought the little farm, it was there in the woodshed. When I saw it, I knew that it would make a good addition to our kitchen. The problem was to convince my husband. He looked at it as "just on old cupboard". I looked at it as ...

Living in Kayak City, it seems

As a newcomer to Warren, eager to become a part of my new community, a phenomenon has come to my attention that raises some concern as to how well I may fit in. I have spied — with my little eye — enough kayaks to lead this potential naviphobe to wonder if travel-by-water became the only ...

I chickened out

Once, I drove around in the middle of the night chasing after a report of an attempted murderer. Other times, I have stepped out into streets to get the right angle for photos. I’ve tried to get closer to an active fire at a propane facility. I’ve even flown in an airplane with no ...