Local Commentaries

Does honey grow on trees?

Have you ever spent what feels like an eternity scouring every shelf in every aisle of the grocery store for one last ingredient for a meal? If so, what’s your style? Do you just meander calmly until it appears? Do you ask someone who hopefully doesn’t just resemble a store ...

Knowledge is power

I received some education this week on a topic that is really the here and now. Social media. I come from a childhood of phones attached to the wall, playing Barbies in the backyard with my best friend Heidi, or Atari at her house; my first “cell” phone was in graduate school, and it was a ...

Identity protected

Rarely ever am I the least bit pleased with photos of myself but even my worst photo might outdo the "No Pic" head used to identify me this week. My lack of photogenicness prompted an internet search to see if there is a name for my affliction. That search led me to a couple of statements that ...

Wi-fi when you can rent?

If you've lived in Warren your whole life, it might seem like nothing much ever changes. For me, it wasn't until the first time I went away for an extended period was I able to notice when things were a little different when I came back. I first experienced this when the old brick buildings ...

Control over heart disease

You may think that you have little or no control over your health when it comes to heart disease, but the truth is that there are several ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and a host of other chronic ailments that often go hand-in-hand. According to the Center for Disease ...

Calling all cheaters

I can see! 2019 and the years going forward are now clearly in focus. Before my cataract surgeries in December and January, I harbored a delusion that I was still seeing reasonably well. Everyday objects including books and the computer seemed fine with my everyday contact lenses in ...

In need of a little TLC

When one purchases a "hunting camp" or cabin intended to be the base for more general outdoor activities, one may well be acquiring a structure intended to be something quite less than a serious year-round dwelling. Any remodeling of the structure was apt to have been done by persons who may ...

The old neighborhood

Someone posted a photo of the little store that used to be across from the grade school that I attended. I remembered Mrs. Garigali the moment I saw her. I am not sure that all the students respected her as much as I did. That is just the way I was raised. It got me thinking about all of ...

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 ...