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When more is not necessarily merrier

January 21, 2011 Living in a high-tech world, surrounded by gadgets of all sorts, raises a couple of vital questions: namely, how much technology do we need, and how high-tech must it be? Take can opener. more »»

Phony baloney

January 14, 2011 I was on the phone with my pal Creighton Fee, when he mentioned how amazing the changes in communication have been over the past 20 years. “Twenty years?” I said. more »»

The uncrowned king of ‘Soul Train’

January 7, 2011 I’ve been obsessed with humor my whole life, and while I like all its forms, the one I like the most is jokes. more »»


December 31, 2010 Ever since the world got launched into cyberspace, receiving a letter that’s neither a bill nor a hustle has been as rare as finding an honest politician. more »»

Pining away

December 24, 2010 It was the start of a typical day in the navy radio shack in Bremerhaven, Germany. more »»

Wheelin’ and dealin’

December 17, 2010 As far as I’m concerned, the last word on motorcycles came from Brother Ron Burdick. “There’re only two kinds of bikers,” he says: “those who’ve crashed, and those who’re going to crash. more »»

... the love you take ...

December 10, 2010 It was a Sunday night in 1964. To be more precise, it was 8 o’clock on Feb. 9. I was sitting in the living room with my mother, about to get my world rocked by Ed Sullivan. more »»

The Dope who went into the cold

December 3, 2010 I was in the Navy, about to graduate from Class A school, and my nerves were shot. At least, the few nerves I had left were shot: At that point I’d worried myself past worrying. more »»

Folk-rock and folk shlock

November 26, 2010 I’ve never been a musician, including, if not featuring, during the three years I tried the trombone (and everyone’s patience) in the high school band. Still, I’ve always loved music. more »»

Fine dining

November 19, 2010 I’m always shocked when someone knows something about me that I don’t know. A perfect example happened last week, and the sage was none other than King Frank Camel. more »»

Big game hunting

November 12, 2010 I’ve always been a hunter — a bargain hunter, that is. I embarked on this career in childhood, when I first discovered rummage sales. more »»

Java jive

November 5, 2010 I’m often told (though not by anyone old) that a lot of old age is groovy. I guess there are some advantages — aside from great deals on Supp-hose, Metamucil and trusse. more »»

Heart and sole

October 29, 2010 Obviously, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is my official publisher. But less obvious is my unofficial publisher. more »»

Did not compute

October 22, 2010 Back when people wrote letters — in The Long-Lost Age of Literacy — I was an avid letter writer. But no more. more »»

Saving a foot by an inch

October 15, 2010 Although the Petrova school of my youth was a K through 12, I don’t recall any direct contact between the lower and upper grades, except in one venue — sport. more »»

Dewey Mountain goes to the dogs

October 8, 2010 I was paralyzed by mixed emotions. Encouraging me to go to the event were three of my great joys: dogs, coffee and Adirondack chauvinism. On the other hand, three things warned me not to go. more »»

Bad chemistry

October 1, 2010 For decades, one sin from my distant past has come back to haunt me. It happened my junior year in high school and involved The Bayou Swamp Thang — Carl Marsalise. more »»

Stressin’, confessin’ and messin’

September 24, 2010 I’m in a room in Medical Associates. Taped to my chest are electrodes that lead to some freaky machine, on which my vital signs dance across a monito. more »»

The village people: Life in the art room

September 17, 2010 Halfway through my senior year in high school, I found myself in a quandary. more »»

The double trouble of Dubble Bubble

September 3, 2010 As a self-professed live-and-let-live kinda guy, I’m always amazed when I catch myself being annoyed by things I’ve no right to be annoyed b. more »»



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