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How I spent my summer vacation

July 28, 2015 I’ve just been on one of my periodic inspection tours of the Texas I grew up in. Actually, I’m still on it; I’m taking a time-out to reflect. more »»

 
 
 
Reading can be hazardous to your health

July 14, 2015 I’m grateful to have the Saranac Lake Free Library in my life. My wife Ann and I use it regularly. In addition to loaning books, it offers reassurance. more »»

A late Father’s Day remembrance

June 30, 2015 Father’s Day has come and gone for this year, but if you were blessed by a father like mine, grateful recollections come often, and they don’t require an official day. more »»

The outrageous costs of higher education

June 16, 2015 The exorbitant and ever-increasing price of an American college education has results that are detrimental to students and to the common good. It doesn’t have to be this wa. more »»

Life’s enduring questions: a partial list

June 2, 2015 Many of life’s important questions have yet to be answered. Here’s a good one to start with, even though it’s sexist. more »»

Chronic homesickness, part 2

May 19, 2015 Homesickness usually refers to a strong longing for home when you’re away from it. (I wrote about this kind in my column on May 5, 2015.) It can be quite uncomfortable, even debilitatin. more »»

Chronic homesickness, part 1

May 5, 2015 Thomas Wolfe made a persuasive case for the proposition that “you can’t go home again” in his 1940 novel by that name. Few question it. more »»

Squirrel-proof your bird feeder? Maybe not

April 21, 2015 Since I immigrated (legally) to the Adirondacks last June, I’ve taken a number of steps to be worthy of the privilege. more »»

The case for blackboards

April 7, 2015 Blackboards have all but disappeared from classrooms, and the effects of that are far reaching and mostly regrettable. I’ll start at the beginning. more »»

Big grandpaw and I look at my high school yearbook

March 24, 2015 The other day I got an email from a guy named Dee who I’d been friends with in junior high and high school. I hadn’t had any contact with him since then, and that was about sixty years ag. more »»

Quiet, please

March 10, 2015 I have the sense that American culture is predominantly secular and becoming more so all the time. more »»

Pocketknives, yellow pencils and time passing

February 24, 2015 When I was a boy, it seemed like every grown-up male had a slim, two-blade pocketknife on his person at all times. They kept them sharp, and sharpening was a ritualized art form. more »»

Leslie Caron joins me for coffee

February 10, 2015 After you reach a certain age, it’s remarkable the way ordinary activities sometimes send you off on a journey into the past. Having a cup of coffee did that to me the other da. more »»

The case for a wrongly disparaged gift

January 27, 2015 A few days ago, I posted on my website (www.geezerblockhead. more »»

Fancy-pants surgeons should spend time at Carcuzzi

January 13, 2015 Last summer, when I immigrated (legally) to the North Country from New York City, I found that ending relationships with various medical specialists was not as simple as calling a moving company. more »»

A different sort of weather report

December 23, 2014 In the North Country Naturalization Class (NCNC) that I took when I moved here last year, much was made of the point that real Adirondackers give something back for the privilege of living in this... more »»

Quarantines and epidemics

December 9, 2014 The recent news about Ebola, especially as it has befallen Americans, has reminded me of my own experiences with quarantine and epidemics. more »»

Thanksgiving, Saranac Lake and me

November 25, 2014 Tomorrow morning, Ann and I are off to Virginia for two days with relatives and in-laws. more »»

Thinking about a snowplow

November 18, 2014 On June 4, I stood on the monastery porch and waved goodbye to the moving van. In that moment I changed from seasonal to local. more »»

A vegan recalls

November 4, 2014 I offer here an observation about food. I’ve eaten a lot of it, so I should know. Liking or disliking this dish or that has little to do with how it tastes. It’s about associations. more »»

‘Let us now praise famous men’

October 28, 2014 Halloween began as a pre-Christian Celtic holiday in which the spirits of the dead mingled with the living. It was press-ganged into Christian practice by missionaries in the sixth century. more »»

 
 

 

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