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The not-so-sweet by and by

February 17, 2012 There’s no way around it — I am a choc-o-holic. I never knew it when I was a kid because I went gonzo over anything sweet. more »»

When the Cold War came to My Home Town

February 10, 2012 For the mass of humanity, the Cold War was one long, continual horror story. But still, it had its upsides. more »»

Fun run, my aching feet!

February 3, 2012 No matter how you cut it, the weather has been weird. We’ve gone from no winter, to slow winter, to faux winter, even to on-the-down-low winter. more »»

Ask not for whom the phone rings

January 27, 2012 According to the cliche, there’s no rest for the wicked. While I don’t consider myself particularly wicked, I sure lost a lot of sleep last week. It started on Tuesday night. more »»

When horsepower meets horse power

January 20, 2012 We all know if you do something enough, it becomes second nature. But if you do it a whole lot more, can it become first nature? I don’t know. more »»

The best b’day bash

January 6, 2012 When I was a kid, it seemed all the old people said the same things. It was like they got them from a book entitled, “Stuff to Say to Young People, Over and Over, Every Chance You Get. more »»

Blackboard jungle

December 30, 2011 Last week, I received several emails congratulating me on my recent retirement. Luckily, none of them was from my place of employ. How did that rumor ever get started? Simple. more »»

Fortune’s Dope

December 23, 2011 Last week I finished 39 years of teaching at Paul Smith’s College. Since everyone has careers, this hardly amazes me, nor should it. But what DOES amaze me is how fast it’s gone b. more »»

Mission ridiculous

December 16, 2011 When I arrived at my first duty station, fresh from Navy A school, I understood what all newbies understood — nothing. more »»

When Old Drac got the sack

December 2, 2011 I’ve never been what anyone would consider a team player. Nor do I imagine I could’ve been — even if I’d been raised in the most cooperative of societies. more »»

Confessions of a card sharp

November 25, 2011 It’d obviously been a very long while since I’d shopped for greeting cards, because when I looked at them last week, I about passed out. more »»

The Scourge of Scandanavia

November 18, 2011 I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news. The good news is I just got a new car. The bad news is I just got a new ca. more »»

Lives of a cell

November 11, 2011 I have a confession to make: I now have a cell phone. It started with a phone call from my brother. “So,” said he, “tell me all the news of Our Home Town.” “ALL the news?” I said. more »»

In (and out) of the hood

November 4, 2011 As any dog owner can attest, whenever you get a new canine, you get a bunch of new adjustments as well. Let’s face it, dogs are as individualistic as people. more »»

Food for forgetting

October 28, 2011 Recently I was in Nori’s Whole Foods, wandering around, idly checking the merchandise, when my gaze fell on the soybean bin. I looked at it … and looked again. Something held my attention. more »»

Musings of a high-tech wreck

October 14, 2011 In class last week we were talking about technology when one of my students said her grandfather couldn’t use a computer. “A lot of older people can’t use computers,” I said. “Sure,” she sai. more »»

The good neighbor policy ... gone bad

October 7, 2011 The Robert Frost quote almost everyone knows is, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Ironically, while most people know the quote, few people understand its context. more »»

When a Ms. is as good as a Miles

September 30, 2011 I have always tried to avoid getting angry. Aside from all the hell it raises with my delicate constitution, it never accomplishes anything. In fact, it always makes everything worse. more »»

Freddy, the deep freeze and pasta fagioli

September 23, 2011 When I got home, my answering machine showed one new call. I hit the play button and heard, “Hey, Bobby …” Of course it was someone from my childhood, since no one’s called me Bobby since then. more »»

Losses and gains

September 16, 2011 I love mornings … as long as I sleep through them. And don’t tell me how it’s the most beautiful time of the day or that it’s a whole new beginning or the rest of that bumpf. more »»



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