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

Here's the Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

Color me skeptical More...

Posted 10/11/2016 10:26 PM

Here's the Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's the Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop: April 6, 2016

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

Here's the Scoop: March 23, 2016

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

Here's The Scoop: February 24, 2016

Travel preparation

I was recently called away on an important business trip — the News’ latest feature — firsthand coverage of spring training. It was a tough assignment, but I volunteered. Taking one for the team is how I looked at the situation. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Here's the Scoop: February 10, 2016

Television mystery

Like many others in the area — and probably hundreds of thousands of others around the country — I tuned into the HGTV show “Log Cabin Living” on Saturday to watch an episode that was filmed locally. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:54 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 27, 2016

It's a Match!

I’ve read about such things, but didn’t think it would happen to me. Despite my confidence that I’d never get caught in such a situation, I did and it was embarrassing, to say the least. In fact, humiliating doesn’t begin to describe the situation. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:18 PM

Here's the Scoop: January 13, 2016

Taking Sides

This could possibly be a problem. Well, not for me, but for others. I’m beginning to feel like I’m “set in my ways.” Big time. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 07:26 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

Here's the Scoop

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

Posted 11/29/2016 09:12 PM

Here's the Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's the Scoop

Shouldering the work burden   More...

Posted 10/18/2016 07:47 PM

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Posted 9/6/2016 09:22 PM

Here's the Scoop

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

Posted 8/23/2016 09:48 PM

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's the Scoop

In a jam — the good kind   More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

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

Here's The Scoop

Dig this   More...

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

Here's the Scoop: March 30, 2016

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

Here's The Scoop: February 17, 2016

Check the video

There’s probably a name for this — some type of syndrome — when you are sitting somewhere, minding your own business and you hear unexpected outbursts of laughter, maybe a few animal noises, or some strange music. Or, all three. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 04:57 PM

Here's the Scoop: February 3, 2016

People, please

I was recently called out of town for a few days to do some scouting of a musical act, as part of a work commitment. More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 20, 2016

Another day off. For some.

Well, another three-day weekend has come and gone. Thankfully. I like an extra day off as much as the next person, it’s just that, as a creature of habit, a disruption of my routine is a bit of an adjustment. More...

Posted 1/19/2016 08:01 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 6, 2015

Another New Year. Again.

I did it! I stayed up past midnight on New Year’s Eve and rang in another year. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 08:00 PM