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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 »»

Take a plane? Not if I can help it

October 21, 2014 Having only recently completed my North Country Naturalization Class, I didn’t want to go back outside the Blue Line. more »»

Fall is (also) pumpkin season

October 15, 2014 Autumn is the season of color changes and leaf fall, but across the United States and Canada, as in much of the world, it is also the season of the pumpkin. more »»

A modest proposal for economic development: Cure Industry II

October 14, 2014 As I was taught in North Country Naturalization Class, some problems and events that are important outside the Blue Line just don’t matter much here. more »»

Dogs and cats: a modest proposal

October 7, 2014 It’s my policy to be positive in this column, but this time I’m going to make an exception. more »»

When autumn arrives at the monastery

September 30, 2014 Autumn officially began on September 22 at 10:29 p.m. EDT. Myself, I rely on indicators other than the calendar. On this matter, my view from the porch is as good as any expert’s. more »»

Thomas Merton at the Price Chopper

September 16, 2014 On Christmas Eve a year or so ago, I went to Price Chopper at 6:30 in the morning in order to avoid the crowd and keep my attitude properly Christmasy. more »»

Animal life on Franklin Avenue

September 2, 2014 Sure, everyone who lives in these parts has to deal with a certain number of uninvited animals. I expected that when we moved from New York City into the former Carmelite Monastery. more »»

King David comes to Saranac Lake

August 19, 2014 A few weeks ago when my wife Ann and I moved from New York City and made the former Carmelite Monastery in Saranac Lake our only residence, I thought about King David. more »»



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