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Mysteries in the wall

November 12, 2015 When we first moved here, it seemed like every person I met had some story about our house. There was sometimes a proprietary air as they shared their recollection. It was overwhelming. more »»

Happy birthday

October 29, 2015 I recall a Dave Barry quote I read once, “There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.” Maybe. more »»

I’ll do it later

October 15, 2015 I have time. It’s not due until tomorrow. Some of my best work comes when I’m under pressure, deadline looming. “I work better at the last minute,” I tell myself. That’s how I’ve always been. more »»

We should meet for lunch ...

October 1, 2015 I feel I haven’t been a good friend lately. I don’t call. I forget birthdays. It’s been ages since I wrote most of my friends letters. more »»

Real mail

September 17, 2015 Dear you, Hey, how’s it going? Sorry I haven’t written in so long, but you know ... life, work, family, the car, the pets, etc ... more »»

Church of coffee

September 3, 2015 I scan the lot for an open space. Kind of a big deal in Lake Placid. Do I have change for the meter? Is there even a spot? Yes. I feed the meter a couple quarters. I feel like a coffee. more »»

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds ...

August 20, 2015 Saturday, July 19, 2014. Last summer. “Local friends: it was not me,” I wrote on Facebook. Quickly, I had tapped that out via my phone, before we started the engine to fly back to Saranac Lake. more »»

Chill with some lax

August 6, 2015 Lake Placid’s Summit Lacrosse tournament started Monday. If you haven’t seen lacrosse in action, now’s your chance. It’s a fast, action-packed game. Great watching, and it’s free. Free parking. more »»

First flights - my favorite part of the job

July 23, 2015 Overcast with few glimpses of blue. A glance out the window, across the ramp, tells me winds are about 10 to 15 knot. more »»

To hike another day

July 9, 2015 June 2013. Rain. Every. Single. Day. July 2, 2013. Optimistically, I said to friends, “I’d like to do the ‘Saranac 6’ this summer.” Immediately one said, “Let’s hike Haystack tomorrow.” Wait. more »»

Get on your bikes and ride

June 18, 2015 Last week in Lake Placid, I was on the hunt for something decent to wear while riding my bike or jogging. It’s time to blow the dust off those new year’s resolutions. more »»

Sometimes, you have to be the first one

June 4, 2015 Several years back, as the weather turned nice, I began taking morning walks along the country road I lived on. For exercise. Buck Hill Road. Oneida County. more »»

Spring comes to the Adirondacks

May 21, 2015 It’s that time of year. All at once, spring has sprung. April snow showers finally turned to May flowers. We’re out enjoying our yard. more »»

All the best teachers

May 7, 2015 It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. There have been so many teachers I’ve appreciated in my life. more »»

The poetry of an Adirondack April

April 23, 2015 After months of winter, when the calendar and increasing hours of daylight have long since told us it should be spring, finally, this week, it arrived. more »»

Painting and procrastinating

April 9, 2015 Every single room in this house needed painting on moving here. Oh, the place needed other things, but it was mostly move-in read. more »»

Staycation: Saranac Lake, spring break edition

March 26, 2015 “I’m bored.” Thankfully I haven’t heard that yet. more »»

The antidote for winter weary

March 12, 2015 It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Cabin fever. The doldrums. Blah. People are tired of winter. It’s catching season: stomach bugs, sinus things, walking pneumonia, low-grade fevers, complaint-itis. more »»


February 26, 2015 Maybe you’ve been through it, or it’s on the horizon. Approaching a certain age, the medical establishment recommends a rather distressing health screening. I can’t imagine anyone looks forward to it. more »»

Valentines and landmines

February 12, 2015 Feb. 14 is two days away. And you know what that means. Winter Carnival Parade?! Um, yes, but no. It’s Valentine’s Day. Also known as Saturday. more »»

Tribute for a friend’s son

January 29, 2015 (This was written a year ago, for my friend Floyd after his son died. I couldn’t give it to him at the time. It was hard for me to know how or when to reach out to him in his grief. more »»



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