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When push comes to shovel   It was only a few weeks back that I was celebrating (sort of) the arrival of the season’s first consistent snowfalls and the winter fun that follows. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 09:39 PM

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Going hog wild I got my first taste of “hog farming” this week. Maybe farming isn’t the proper term. I “bought some pig parts,” is a more accurate description. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

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The imperfect guest   The idea of being a houseguest seems like a fairly simple deed. You go, toss your suitcase in the spare bedroom and settle in for some small talk. Easier said than done, in my book.  More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

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Now we’re cooking   Experienced readers of this column have learned that my culinary work generally revolves around my ability to doctor up oatmeal so it’s edible. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

Now hear this - softly

Everyone, it seems, performs Christmas songs these days. Some folks might think that musicians making holiday music is a quick and easy way to make a little extra money. If that’s the case, this trend fits in perfectly with the reality of Christmas. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

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Seeing things more clearly   During a recent stretch of “this sure feels like climate change” weather, I took advantage of mid-60s temperatures to wash my office windows. Clearly, the work made a big difference.  More...

Posted 12/6/2016 07:55 PM

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Voting for tension   It’s almost Thanksgiving. Time for massive amounts of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and…tension!  More...

Posted 11/22/2016 09:23 PM

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It’s a circus out there   It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen any stories about “creepy clowns” causing a commotion anywhere. That’s OK with me.  More...

Posted 11/8/2016 07:59 PM

Feelings squashed — again

For a number of years now, I’ve had the sad task of documenting another failed pumpkin crop. Since pumpkins are my favorite, it’s really the only part of the garden to which I pay much attention. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 06:21 PM

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Posted 10/11/2016 10:26 PM

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Fall condition in the air   I always find it interesting how many people who live around here find autumn to be such a great season. I hate it. Great sleeping weather. The aroma of burning leaves. The first indoor fires of the season. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 07:53 PM

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Fern enough   Because I don’t write a journal, it’s helpful for me to keep track of things via this column. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 08:53 PM

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No sweat, this fall   For the first time in recent memory — or forever — the approach of September doesn’t have me in a “wood cutting panic.”  More...

Posted 8/30/2016 06:45 PM

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Coming into focus   “That’s not very many.” The words were not said in a mean sense; they were just matter of fact. Truthful, if anything.  More...

Posted 8/16/2016 08:38 PM

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Feeding time in nature   Regular readers know that I have a weird fascination with bears. As long as they aren’t tearing up family, friends or property, I think they are really cool. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 08:40 PM

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Some music and a chat   Bravo, Adele! The pop superstar recently made headlines stopped in the middle of a show and asked a fan to put away her video camera, because the show was happening right in front of her — “live.”  More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

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Looking ahead...and way back   Late June in this area signals many things — my favorite being the “real” start of summer. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy the logic that Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer. More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

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It’s a coverup!   Mulch. It’s an odd sounding word. Mulch seems like it should be describing an unpleasant tasting breakfast cereal that kids are forced to eat.  More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:19 PM

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Smooth move   “Join the club,” as the saying goes. So, I did.  The club in which I’m now enrolled isn’t your typical organization. In fact, I doubt if most members ever meet face-to-face. More...

Posted 5/31/2016 07:03 PM

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Make a list...check it...once   More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

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A dangerous walk in the woods More...

Posted 5/3/2016 07:56 PM

Here's the Scoop: April 20, 2016

Forgetting the Big Picture

This wasn’t planned as an Earth Day activity; it just sort of conveniently fell into the proper time period. The “Big Drop” technically occurred a bit before Earth Day, but I still think it counts. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

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Snow creates sticky situation

I wasn’t going to mention the weather this week, since many people seem to have that well covered on Facebook. But here goes: It snowed. Quite a lot. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

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We should be scared. Very scared

Like thousands of other people, I was amused/ashamed by this week’s news report of an Easter Bunny (I suspect there’s more than one) getting into a brawl with a mall visitor. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Here's The Scoop: March 9, 2016

Heads Above the Rest

I’m still a bit jet-lagged from my recent excursion down south, so it’s hard to get back into the swing of column writing. That’s not exactly true. Well, the part about writing is, but I’m firmly back in a New York State of Mind, as they say. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

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Going off track   You may recall that right after Christmas I was lamenting the fact that I had received some spiffy cross-country skis as a gift — but there was scarce snow on which to use this equipment. I was only kidding. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Making our voices heard

I went to my first Women’s March a few weeks back. I’m actually not a woman and neither am I particularly fond of marching, so heading to Washington for this event wouldn’t seem like an ideal fit for me. But, it was. Very much so. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

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So much not to do... It was hard for me to believe — I had two weekends in a row coming up with nothing planned. No anticipated guests. No place to go. My leisure time would be a blank canvas. I could get projects completed. Or started, anyhow. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

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Happy to “help”   Cookie Season is underway. That’s a good thing for me — as someone who inherited the legendary Sweeney Sweet Tooth. A more accurate term is probably Sweet Teeth.  More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

It Was Da Bomb!

This week, we take a look at two different “bombshells,” one political and cultural, the other very much the real thing. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

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The time is here...   I’m not a fan of “Christmas in October.” September either. More...

Posted 11/29/2016 09:12 PM

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Enlightening experience!  A few weeks back, I detailed my annual “My Pumpkin Crop Was A Failure — Again!” column. I even tossed in some info about how everything is all about pumpkins this time of year — including foods. More...

Posted 11/15/2016 07:54 PM

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Some things never change   The other day, I was going through some “things,” (I referred to them as treasures and my wife thought they best fit the “junk” category) and I came across my old “ABC Book.”  More...

Posted 11/1/2016 07:24 PM

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Shouldering the work burden   More...

Posted 10/18/2016 07:47 PM

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Season’s over. Thankfully More...

Posted 10/4/2016 05:08 PM

End of an era, loss of a friend

Saturday was bittersweet in the community as a funeral was held for Thomas L. Smith. The day was filled with sadness, but there was also a good dose of joy and humor as folks recalled special memories of “Tommy.”  More...

Posted 9/20/2016 08:07 PM

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The sleepy feeling I’m feeling a bit groggy today. That’s not usual. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 09:22 PM

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Don’t I know you?   So, this was weird. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 09:48 PM

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A berry good season   As we begin the early days of August, I’m feeling blue. In a good way. I guess it’s more accurate to say that I’m feeling “blueberry.”  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 08:42 PM

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Time to go   Every once in awhile, it’s a good idea to “get out of town.” Way out of town. By choice, of course.  More...

Posted 7/26/2016 10:44 PM

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‘Tis The Season   Flip-flop season is in full swing. I like how it sounds.  More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

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I wonder who’s calling   This is one of those dirty little secrets that should remain… secret. But, I’m letting it out. I now have Caller ID. There, I wrote it and I don’t feel awful about this admission. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:55 PM

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In a jam — the good kind   More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

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Another special year   Tent caterpillars, ladybugs, squirrels, even bears — all have enjoyed recent “Year of” status in the region. Well, at least around our property. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

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Spring cleaning time   A few weeks back, I started receiving phone calls from kind folks telling me something like, “I tried e-mailing you, but it said your mailbox was full.” In case you’ve never had this experience, it’ More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:30 PM

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Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2016

What’s your reading?

As I note occasionally in this space, I’m a “routine oriented” kind of guy. That’s a nice way of describing some of the things I do. And do. And do. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

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Hear ye, Hear ye — no more!

I listen to lots of music. As general rule, when I get up, the radio goes on. That’s mostly for news, though, so I have some idea of what’s happening in the world — even if I may not want to know. More...

Posted 3/29/2016 06:40 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 16, 2016

Dark Mornings of March

It’s that time of year again. Or, is it? Yes, it’s time for confusion! More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 2, 2016

Where the heck are we?

Unfortunately for me, the whole “team looking for a lowcost pitcher” thing didn’t work out so well during my recent travels into the south. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 05:38 PM