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The shnorrer’s dilemma

December 14, 2012 As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by word play, origins, anomalies — you name it. Although I’m not adept at them, foreign languages also intrigue me. more »»

Looking back, and trying NOT to look forward

December 7, 2012 Among the 743 things about me that bug my students is the one that bugs almost all young people — that I tend to romanticize the past and look at it only through my rose-colored Ray Ban. more »»

A not-so-big Mac

November 30, 2012 If I want to know that you’re an old-time Saranac Laker, I only have to say the magic words and then check your reaction. more »»

The winds of November

November 23, 2012 It happens every year, without fail. There I am, diddy-bopping along, Old Man River himself, when as if by infernal clockwork, things change. The change isn’t sudden, shocking or even clear. more »»

So long, pal

November 16, 2012 I don’t have a favorite, book, song or movie, but I do have a favorite poem. It’s A.E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young. more »»

The disillusionment of young Citizen Dope

November 9, 2012 I have voted in every election since I was first allowed to register in 1968. Nonetheless, I loathe politics. Then again, what is there not to loathe? First, there’s the two party system. more »»

A dim bulb no more

November 2, 2012 Last week when we first got word of Hurricane Sandy and its terrifying potential, I did the only thing I could — tried to maintain both my perspective and composure. more »»

When hearing is really believing

October 26, 2012 I’ve always loved music, in spite of have never having had any musical ability. Then again, that’s the beauty of music: You don’t need any skill to enjoy it. more »»

Size matters

October 19, 2012 Teaching is an endless two-way exchange between student and instructor. Ideas are exchanged, values are exchanged, world-views are exchanged. more »»


October 12, 2012 I don’t know how Creighton Fee and I ever became friends. Certainly, the odds were against it. more »»

The Great Great Lakes Candy Caper

October 5, 2012 I know when the times change, everything changes with them. Still, I’m often boggled by HOW MUCH they change. more »»

The Can Opener Blues

September 28, 2012 A can opener is an amazing device, and all the more amazing for how little we regard it. more »»

No Dope this week

September 21, 2012 Bob Seidenstein’s column, “The Inseide Dope,”?is on vacation but will return next week. more »»

Between rock ’n’ roll and a hard place

September 14, 2012 I first heard of the Boston Marathon when I was in my early teens, and I thought running it was about the coolest thing possible. more »»

Thumbs out ... and up!

September 7, 2012 The onset of fall reminds me of many things. There’s the usual, of course — back to school, football games, cider, flaming and falling leaves, and the knowledge that winter lies ahead. more »»

The QSL and the DJ

August 31, 2012 My pal Jack Lawless is the Quintessential Saranac Laker. Why is that? Simple: He satisfies the four essential requirements. One, he’s an unabashed Saranac Lake chauvinis. more »»

Of camp wood and conscience

August 24, 2012 Many people believe in intuition, but not me. more »»

Robert’s rules

August 17, 2012 Everyone has rules they live by and one of my primary ones is, if you really want something and it’s either unique or in short supply, buy it. more »»

Being freed by the free library

August 10, 2012 All my life I’ve had a mania for reading. And when I say “all my life” I mean it literally. I desperately wanted to understand writing long before I ever learned the alphabet. more »»

The commodore

August 3, 2012 Based on reliable secondary sources and my own observations, I’ve concluded the Paul Smith’s College Golden Age of Eccentricity was the 1960s and ’70s. more »»



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