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Planting our vegetable garden, I’ve found, is not nearly as difficult as planning it. Where will the tomatoes go this year? What about the beans and squash? more
On a recent day I was in Madison, NY, to see a Little League baseball game. Not far from the field, on the south side of Route 20, there was a message on a sign outside of a church. more
As a kid, I would admire the peonies in my grandmother’s flower garden, not so much because I appreciated the beautiful blooms as the fact that peony buds were always covered with ants. more

I was driving down a street in our town and I noticed that a For Sale sign had been put up outside of a house that had recently been flipped, restored into a livable condition. more
The Bataan Death March, a 66-mile march on the Philippine Islands in which the Japanese tortured 76,000 prisoners of war, began on April 9, 1942.   more
Loretta Lynn, the famed county music star, once said, “I write what I live and nothing has helped me through life more.” more
The “Fast & Furious” franchise, which has produced ten or so films over more than two decades, has fallen into a fairly predictable pattern. more
Spring is kickoff season for many kitchen remodels, bathroom updates and deck repairs, but recent economic turmoil may have homeowners questioning their home improvement plans. more
When I looked out the front door and spotted a long rectangular cardboard box on my front porch, I groaned. more
This is being written on Sunday. This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day my mind was on my grandmother. more
There are many ways a pet can get at a poisonous plant: houseplants, gardens, floral arrangements, and even cuttings discarded in the garbage. more
This was an ordinary day. Waking up and readying myself for work. The sun was shining, and birds were already chirping. more
Early this morning the sun was shining brightly and the birds were singing. Looking out of the window, it seemed like a beautiful, warm day. more
You know them and have probably dealt with them for years. They’re called pessimists, or nay-sayers — or just downers. No matter what the situation, they can find a way to make it worse. more
Ideally, you’d spend months or even years carefully purging excess belongings — but life may have other plans. Maybe you or someone you love has a health crisis and needs to move into assisted living. more
Although the American Express company has a great reputation around the world, I have never used any of its financial services. I don’t even have an American Express card. more
The topic of today’s article is the “Power of the Press.” For our purposes, I am referring to the whole media circus that has gripped America, and pushed us toward one of two camps. more
Most older adults ages 50 to 80 say it’s important to stay in their homes for as long as they can, according to a 2022 poll. more
Writer/director James Gunn returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy to deliver the grand, celebratory finale that we’ve all been waiting for.  Listen to the podcast linked at the end. more
The late and great George Capron, of radio station WBRV fame, would often give me lists of things he knew I’d like and might even turn into a newspaper column.  more
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