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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 »»

Bypassed by America’s pastime

April 19, 2013 All my life I heard how important it is to know where you belong. I think that’s true, but I also think it’s more important to know where you DON’T belong. Think about it. more »»

Spuds and duds

April 12, 2013 Like a lot of guys of my generation, I was a Cub Scout. At least I was one, officially. In reality, I wasn’t much of one at all. more »»

A Dickensian

April 5, 2013 Until I went to college, I disliked school. And I proved it, graduating 51st out of 98 —?perfect mediocrity. But to clarify: I didn’t dislike all my courses. more »»

The only exception to an exceptional guy

March 29, 2013 Last week, reading Clark Knight’s obituary, I was hit with both sorrow and joy. The sorrow is obvious, but the joy? Well, Clark had a life well-lived, and that counts for a lot in my book. more »»

Long live the King

March 22, 2013 Earlier in the week I was engaged in an animated three-way conversation in my offic. more »»

Anti-social insecurity

March 15, 2013 I imagine my attitude on filing for Social Security is a lot like a priest’s attitude on selecting a pope: You know it’s going to happen, sometime, but you don’t believe you’re going to witness it. more »»

A winter’s woe

March 8, 2013 A quick car quiz: You’ve got an old car. Body and engine are perfect, but suddenly it develops a problem. more »»



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