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Mutual immutability: a love story

September 21, 2015 It’s happening again. The ferns that border the side yard have gone brown. There’s color in the birches and maples. The sun rising out back over Pine Ridge Cemetery is moving around to the sout. more »»

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Donald Trump tells how to make Saranac Lake great again

September 8, 2015 I’ve been in bed lately, staring at the TV while recovering from several painful medical conditions. I thank God for effective pain-killing drugs that produce such a nice high. more »»

A morning ritual almost gone

August 25, 2015 By 5:30 a.m. or so, one or two men would be peering out from a half-open screen door looking for me. By 6:30 a.m., some would be calling my house to find out what was going o. more »»

Two old men figure something out

August 11, 2015 I was talking with my friend Dick the other evening. You know the scene. Two old men, sitting on the porch, having a glass of wine and looking back at some of the ways life was when we were young. more »»

How I spent my summer vacation

July 28, 2015 I’ve just been on one of my periodic inspection tours of the Texas I grew up in. Actually, I’m still on it; I’m taking a time-out to reflect. more »»

Reading can be hazardous to your health

July 14, 2015 I’m grateful to have the Saranac Lake Free Library in my life. My wife Ann and I use it regularly. In addition to loaning books, it offers reassurance. more »»

A late Father’s Day remembrance

June 30, 2015 Father’s Day has come and gone for this year, but if you were blessed by a father like mine, grateful recollections come often, and they don’t require an official day. more »»

The outrageous costs of higher education

June 16, 2015 The exorbitant and ever-increasing price of an American college education has results that are detrimental to students and to the common good. It doesn’t have to be this wa. more »»

Life’s enduring questions: a partial list

June 2, 2015 Many of life’s important questions have yet to be answered. Here’s a good one to start with, even though it’s sexist. more »»

Chronic homesickness, part 2

May 19, 2015 Homesickness usually refers to a strong longing for home when you’re away from it. (I wrote about this kind in my column on May 5, 2015.) It can be quite uncomfortable, even debilitatin. more »»

Chronic homesickness, part 1

May 5, 2015 Thomas Wolfe made a persuasive case for the proposition that “you can’t go home again” in his 1940 novel by that name. Few question it. more »»

Squirrel-proof your bird feeder? Maybe not

April 21, 2015 Since I immigrated (legally) to the Adirondacks last June, I’ve taken a number of steps to be worthy of the privilege. more »»

The case for blackboards

April 7, 2015 Blackboards have all but disappeared from classrooms, and the effects of that are far reaching and mostly regrettable. I’ll start at the beginning. more »»

Big grandpaw and I look at my high school yearbook

March 24, 2015 The other day I got an email from a guy named Dee who I’d been friends with in junior high and high school. I hadn’t had any contact with him since then, and that was about sixty years ag. more »»

Quiet, please

March 10, 2015 I have the sense that American culture is predominantly secular and becoming more so all the time. more »»

Pocketknives, yellow pencils and time passing

February 24, 2015 When I was a boy, it seemed like every grown-up male had a slim, two-blade pocketknife on his person at all times. They kept them sharp, and sharpening was a ritualized art form. more »»

Leslie Caron joins me for coffee

February 10, 2015 After you reach a certain age, it’s remarkable the way ordinary activities sometimes send you off on a journey into the past. Having a cup of coffee did that to me the other da. more »»

The case for a wrongly disparaged gift

January 27, 2015 A few days ago, I posted on my website (www.geezerblockhead. more »»

Fancy-pants surgeons should spend time at Carcuzzi

January 13, 2015 Last summer, when I immigrated (legally) to the North Country from New York City, I found that ending relationships with various medical specialists was not as simple as calling a moving company. more »»

A different sort of weather report

December 23, 2014 In the North Country Naturalization Class (NCNC) that I took when I moved here last year, much was made of the point that real Adirondackers give something back for the privilege of living in this... more »»

Quarantines and epidemics

December 9, 2014 The recent news about Ebola, especially as it has befallen Americans, has reminded me of my own experiences with quarantine and epidemics. more »»



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