Columns

Travels with a donkey, part I

“I travel for travel’s sake ... to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite under foot and strewn with cutting flints.” — RLS “My dear Sidney Colvin, The journey which this little book is to describe was very agreeable and fortunate for me. ...

Response to yet another misleading Enterprise attack

John Droz Jr. wrote a Guest Commentary in the March 26 Adirondack Daily Enterprise entitled “Science or political science?” in which Mr. Droz responded to Dr. Curt Stager’s “What climate deniers get wrong,” recently published in the Adirondack Explorer/Almanack. Mr. Droz’ ...

Staycation/vacation ideas

Though our house in in desperate need of some deep spring cleaning, I’m lucky if I can get one good day of decluttering out of my family. I can’t seem to muster the energy to actually do more than one room before losing interest. Yes, I essentially just shift all my junk to a different ...

The incredible edible egg

Spring has arrived, bringing more daylight to the North Country. Gone are the short, dark days of winter. That means that chickens - especially those chicken not raised on indoor chicken farms where they see no daylight - are laying more eggs. Eggs are plentiful, inexpensive, and play a major ...

‘One word … plastics’

Shredded flags of plastic bags will never more be seen in the trees, melted to the bottom of our car mufflers or strangling wildlife. New York state has now banned the plastic bag. I don’t have too much of a grievance against plastic bags; it’s everything else made of plastic. Without ...

Poems that say more with less

You may remember in grade school or thereabouts learning that the “haiku” form of poetry was three lines of strict syllable counts of 5, 7, then 5 again. And that’s probably about all you remember (if that!). Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry, dating from about the ...

Fighting the war against warming

Even after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, a strong pacifist movement in Britain opposed a military buildup to confront Nazi Germany. It vilified Winston Churchill as a warmonger for pushing one. “What is it that Britain and France are fighting for?” Churchill asked ...

‘Wow!’ happens

The great astronomers, professional and amateur, can be quite specific about when, how and what event ignited their interest in the night sky. It would have been the same moment that also piqued their inspiration for science, and for a life of imagining, dreaming and acting on their dreams. ...

Balance power in the school system

“All politics are local” is a phrase attributed to Tip O’Neill in 1982, a former speaker of the House. The same can be said about education. What happens in education happens at the local level. Its not that politics or education exist in a vacuum; they don’t. But after all is said and ...

Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high

The number of pedestrians killed along U.S. roadways last year climbed to the highest level since 1990, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That report determined that about 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 — a 4 ...

Cream of the crop — famous again

It is so much fun to find stories and pictures from Enterprises’ of the past. It is too bad the names in the story are not used in the caption of the photo. Many will be looking to find themselves in the photo but it apparently shows only the winners in Saranac Lake and not the ...

Just one of those months…

We’ve all had “one of those days.” But have you ever had “one of those months”? Well, I just got done with one. It started with a mistake in one of my columns. I wrote about how hard it was for me to learn to tell time and I said my mother taught me the big hand told the ...

No joke: Double the Kidding Days!

The spring equinox may have been recently celebrated, but my backyard is still a snowman making paradise. I usually spend this transitional time of year searching for those little touches of spring. It’s been a long winter and finding tiny tree buds, hearing the return of wildlife, and ...

‘Providence and the Guitar,’ part II

“We had two rather unusual visitors that summer — strolling players who gave an entertainment in the big ‘salle a manger’ that was most enthusiastically received. There happened to be a good many at the inn that evening including a French count. ... Monsieur did sleight of hand ...

It’s maple season!

“The gift of the sugar maple trees is from a benevolent Providence.” — Benjamin Rush, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson. --- It’s the end of March — and Maple Season is upon us! Below-freezing nights and above-freezing days are needed for sap to flow up and down the maple ...

Russiagate — a bright, shining lie

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia ... to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign.” So stated Attorney General William Barr in his Sunday letter to Congress summarizing the ...

Exploring the history of maple syrup

I don’t think there’s a more magnificent forest tree or more glorious shade tree than the sugar maple (Acer saccharum). The deciduous tree, which matures in 30-50 years, generally grows to between 70 and 90 feet tall, with a crown that turns a brilliant, fiery yellow, orange, or red at ...

Life after prison in New York state

With each criminal conviction, the state of New York matter-of-factly tells the defendants how long they will spend behind bars. Hidden from view, in the “fine print,” is a long list of additional penalties attached to these convictions.  Only upon leaving prison and while attempting ...

No evidence of collusion, no surprise

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek evidence you hope will confirm it. The conclusion: Donald Trump was illegitimately elected and that he and/or his campaign conspired with the Russians to undermine ...