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A couple of bang-up jobs

September 6, 2013 “Ready on the right?” barked the stern voice. “Ready,” we answered. “Ready on the left?” “Ready,” we again answered. “Ready on the firing line?” “Ready.” My finger tensed on the trigge. more »»

It takes brass

August 30, 2013 One of the great advantages of old age (if not the only one) is being able to pass judgment on younger generations anywhere, anytime, anyhow. more »»

A cartoon kind of kid

August 23, 2013 Two weeks ago I wrote about my introduction to The World’s Great Literature — the men’s magazines of the ’50s and ’60s. more »»

Making music and magic

August 16, 2013 I was walking through the Petrova school courtyard, lost in thought. That’s nothing new, since I’m always lost in thought when I’m near Petrova. more »»

For men only

August 9, 2013 Of late, the Hotel Saranac has been on Enterprise’s front page, which of course reminded me of all sorts of stories about it. more »»

The great deer riddle

August 2, 2013 Among the infinite number of disconnects between city and country folks, my favorite is The Animal Thing. To city people, wild animals are something they see only in zoos. more »»

Fine Dopish dining

July 26, 2013 After 40 years’ teaching at a culinary arts and forestry school, you’d think I’ve become somewhat knowledgeable about those fields. And if you did, you’d be half-right. more »»

Grappling with a dilemma

July 19, 2013 When I answered the phone, the voice on the other end was instantly recognizable. It was someone from long ago and far away -- my best friend from Old Siwash, Will Kendric. more »»

Hell on wheels

July 12, 2013 Science fiction fans say the greatest culture shock would be if Earthlings met extraterrestrials, and maybe that’s right. more »»

The Wild West in the Frozen North

July 5, 2013 When at the tender age of 18, I flunked out of college, I knew I had to do something, but had no idea what it was. Then, on a whim it hit me?—?I was going to hitch-hike to Texas. more »»

The fork of fury

June 28, 2013 Whenever I run into another old townie, the topic of conversation always becomes My Home Town in The Good Old Days. more »»

Horsin’ around

June 21, 2013 If you ever have the good fortune to visit Ireland, in a very short while you’ll find out about Irish Truth. more »»

Silver screen, golden memories

June 14, 2013 I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it. On the drive from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid, it’s on the left, on that uphill curve, just past the parking lot for Haystack Mountain. more »»

Tapped out? Let’s hope not

June 7, 2013 The front page of Monday’s Enterprise featured the sad news that one of our Miracle Workers was pulling up stakes and moving on. The MW I refer to is Melissa Posthauer. more »»

Four- and six-bit bargains

May 31, 2013 On Tuesday, when the rains stopped and the sun came out, the temperature rose, as did my spirits. more »»

On switches and glitches

May 24, 2013 Let me get something straight from the get-go: I am not a technophobe. I neither fear nor hate technology. more »»

Service without a smile (service fee, that is)

May 17, 2013 Although there are lots of conspiracy buffs, I’m not one of them. Not that I doubt conspiracies exist. Of course they do, but not in the numbers and degree the buffs believ. more »»

Baby driver

May 10, 2013 On Wednesday when I left my house, everything seemed the same as usual. But something nagged at me, something distant and faint, but present nonetheless. more »»

Substandard standardization

May 3, 2013 Lately, there’s been a lot of controversy about public schools’ standardized testing. Locally, a group of parents have taken a strong stand and have refused to let their children take the test. more »»

In memoriam

April 26, 2013 Tuesday’s editorial in the Enterprise was a eulogy for Bill Madden. One part said “… you might have seen him cruising around in his Cadillac and even pulling over to the side of the road to chat. more »»



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