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Ands, ifs and mutts

October 9, 2015 One of a teacher’s vital skills is patience, something I believe I had during my years in the classroo. more »»

In — and out — of the limelight

October 2, 2015 My childhood pal Peter McIntrye and I were in the Downhill Grill doing what we do best — shmoozing. And not surprisingly, the conversation centered on The Good Old Days. Ah, yes, TGOD. more »»

The death of a swinger

September 25, 2015 As I said in my last column, I neither play golf nor watch it. As for the people who do? Luckily, there’s enough room on planet Earth for all of us to do our respective thing and still get along. more »»

The King of Clubs

September 18, 2015 Whenever someone says to me, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea for your column,” my mind goes blank. It’s not that the suggestions are bad — sometimes they’re downright brilliant. more »»

A lad and his lamp (part 2)

September 11, 2015 Last week’s column began with me searching for a floor lamp — one at a bargain price. Now, when I say bargain price, I don’t mean at 10 percent off retail price, or even 75 percent off. Uh-uh. more »»

A lad and his magic lamp

September 4, 2015 “You know what this house needs?” said the Amazon Queen. “‘Course I do,” I said. “You do?” she said. “What?” “A million bucks and a French maid,” I said. She scowled. more »»

Long live The King … and his Court

August 28, 2015 When it comes to fanaticism, ISIS has nothing on sports fans, and when I say sports fans, I don’t mean the casual ones but the 100 percent, dyed-in-the-spandex variety. more »»

Don Collins’ greatest lesson

August 21, 2015 I’ve never been much for rituals, especially of the funereal type. But sometimes, to steal an Arthur Miller quote, “attention must be paid.” And so last Saturday, I found myself in the St. more »»

Back when Giants walked the earth

August 14, 2015 Aside from what my mother thought was a slightly unhealthy interest in clairvoyance, levitation and the Lost Continent of Atlantis, I was a typical kid of the 1950s. more »»

Saved by the fair’s fare

August 7, 2015 The sad truth is I was a lousy junior and senior high school student. more »»

The name game

July 31, 2015 Last week’s big news was the Paul Smith’s College name change, and I found myself right in the middle of it. No surprise ther. more »»

Zero the antihero

July 24, 2015 Last week I wrote about a shop teacher who was at SLHS briefly — but not briefly enough for me. I dubbed him Mr. more »»

Getting shopped in shop

July 17, 2015 Fall 1959 was a memorable time. Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first National Football League goalie to wear a face mask during a game. more »»

Hardly a model child

July 10, 2015 I was a kid in the pre-Electronic Age. Or maybe more exactly, in its dawn. We had TVs, but they were black and white and got only a couple of station. more »»

The medical, the morbid and the madcap

July 3, 2015 The French and Russian revolutions to the contrary, all change is gradual. more »»

Man’s best friend, dog’s best foil

June 26, 2015 If you read my column regularly, you’ve a good idea who I am. more »»

A tale of dogged persistence

June 12, 2015 Last week, I thought I’d wrapped up the mystery of The Amazing Appearing Baseball on Larry Doyle’s grav. more »»

A grave matter

June 5, 2015 My whole adult life I’ve been a compulsive reader, but I’ve gone through a lot of different phases. I started with the classics, then got absorbed in modern fiction, then contemporary fiction. more »»

Etiquette for a retrofit hip

May 29, 2015 Something drilled into me at a young age that never left is the importance of good manners. more »»

Pudgy Johnson, woman (and girl) of mystery

May 22, 2015 A phrase you often hear bantered around small towns is, “I’ve known him all my life.” It is, of course, almost always metaphoric. more »»

The king and I

May 15, 2015 On Monday I ran into my old pal Barry “The Bopper” Hopper. The Bopper comes by his name honestly — he’s a guy my age whose whole life revolves around Old Time Rock and Roll. more »»



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