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Sticks and stones

November 21, 2015 Do you remember when we were kids we used to say, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” We were so wrong! Words are so powerful! That’s why I enjoy writing. more »»

Plenty of thanks for holiday history

November 21, 2015 The origins of the modern American Thanksgiving has its beginnings in the celebration of a bountiful harvest and was observed from our earliest history at different times of the year and different... more »»

Awaiting the grosbeak return

November 20, 2015 They were one of the most common birds at my feeders when I lived in Warren. So common, in fact, that I developed a dislike for what I saw as a pushy – and opinionated bird. Garrulous ... loud ... more »»

Sacrifices of all for military

November 19, 2015 The saying “Behind every good man is a great woman” has been around for a long time. This statement of a particular relationship implies a broader reality about the worth of supportive relationship. more »»

Turmoil and tests with terror

November 18, 2015 With the events of this past week it is hard to understand why those running for the presidency of the United States say some of the things they say. more »»

It’s not just about the music

November 17, 2015 Music is like flowers. They both come in an endless variety, and both inspire at least a moment of awe and admiration. more »»

Lost respect for authority dooming U.S.

November 16, 2015 Shame, shame on the residents and the politicians of the city of New York from the mayor down to the lowest politician on the City Council. more »»

Road to ruin in Forestville driven by careless acts

November 15, 2015 I was raised in the village of Forestville, and now am raising my own family in Forestville but outside the village limit. more »»

Food for thought

November 15, 2015 The challenge was made, and the community, with its usual generosity and caring, responded. more »»

Finding joy in the beauty of change

November 15, 2015 Transformation is constant. It is a current pushing forward regardless of friction. Nothing is still. Nothing is always. Perception is pertinent when dealing with any sort of change. more »»

Rare photo quite an investment

November 15, 2015 The National Geographic Channel presented a program of a recently discovered tin-type (an early photograph) of William Bonney a.k.a. Billy the Kid. This is only the second known picture of Billy. more »»

Laughs and a celery centerpiece

November 14, 2015 For the lady who wanted George Sprague’s address, I know who you are and I can’t get your phone line, so I’ll put it in the column. Here’s his address; 1246 Colonial Drive, Apt. more »»

‘Ideal place’ and a 90-day notice

November 14, 2015 A number of years ago, I was privileged to be the director of Westfield Community Kitchen. It was conceived by Father Chip Elliot and has always been housed at Saint Peter’s. more »»

A new home

November 13, 2015 It wasn’t really a coincidence that the property closed on my birthday in November of that great year of 199. more »»

Securing futures for veterans

November 13, 2015 Almost lost in the celebration and honors for area veterans and their service to the United States this week was the questionable future many of our great heroes face. more »»

Closing of soup kitchen would be ‘deep loss’

November 12, 2015 Many have heard the “rumor” about the closure of the Westfield Soup Kitchen by the local Episcopal Church — subsequent news articles and television reports now confirm what we have been hearing. more »»

Republicans run America amok

November 11, 2015 In passing the recent two-year federal budget deal, the Republican Party leadership stabbed America in the back. more »»

Why is Veterans Day important?

November 10, 2015 Brave, honorable, dedicated, patriotic and altruistic men and women in the United States military believe in something greater than themselves. They are willing to sacrifice and serve others. more »»

Thanking those who served

November 9, 2015 Wednesday is Veterans Day ... and my column today is in the form of a poem. more »»

Trouble’s brewing over coffee orders, electricity usage

November 8, 2015 Let me start today with a story that reveals a great victory scored by an individual from my generation. It is I who had the victory. I was recently at the campus of Fredonia. more »»



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