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Peaks and Valleys, by Jack Cardone

Something wrong?

Like most people with ears, I’m a big fan of Hank Williams. As I was listening to him the other day, one of his more obscure songs came on that I hadn’t heard in a while and it got me thinking about where we live. The song is called “Everything’s Okay,” and while it’s meant to be ...

Are we there yet?

“The waiting is the hardest part.” — Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers I was visiting the deli counter up in heaven yesterday and they had one of those “take a number” thingies where you take one of those little slips of paper with numbers on them. When the deli man (in this ...

What’s in a name … uh, signature?

No matter who you are, you want to be someone else. C’mon, tell the truth ... don’t you secretly want to be a cowboy? Or a dolphin trainer? Or George Clooney? Or maybe just thinner, or heavier or better at starting a conversation? I (not so secretly) always wanted to be a professional ...

If you wood …

It’s wood season in the Adirondacks. Chopping it, splitting it, burning it … it gets more attention than many spouses. I never realized how much trees and, more specifically, wood, was a part of our lives until I was living in Adirondack Park. The word “Adirondack” itself translates ...

He’s halibut on wheels

Fishing is huge up here … beyond huge … titanically huge. As you’re well aware, it’s the reason many, many folks come to the North Country. And there are folks within the park who truly like fish. Not to eat. I mean really like them — appreciate their beauty, their grace, their ...

Surfin’ the web

“Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can.” Call me gullible. Call me naive. Or just call me stupid and be done with it. As a child, my young mind actually bought into the baloney of Spider-Man. Y’know, the whole thing about “if you get bit by a spider, you’ll be able to ...