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My favorite reference librarian sent me a marvelous poem by Alberto Rios on Thanksgiving, saying it speaks directly to her feelings about the holiday.   I found it so profound that I forwarded it to friends and family and read it aloud at the O’Nelio family gathering on the farm in Dunkirk.  more
A decade or so back, when the newspaper industry thought it could stay ahead of that whole Interwebs wave that was just starting to build momentum, a favorite slogan among my peers went something like this:  Good enough is good enough.  more
Conversations and investments in relationships can go a long way. Our polarized and social media culture fights against these incredibly human things, but we can fight … more
This is not a leftover turkey recipe, but do not fret. While this recipe focuses on pork, the beauty of a chile verde is that you can use the recipe as a template and substitute in your favorite meat for the pork. more
Thanksgiving Day is coming soon. The blood of the turkey has no doubt already been shed. The cans of cranberry sauce are sitting in the pantry waiting for their wobbly contents to be shaken free. Fried onions, mushroom soup, and green beans wait to be combined into a casserole.  more
I’m not a fan of synchronized swimming. If my wife makes me watch it, I only look for the mess-ups. I prefer seeing the girl get kicked in the face more than the perfect routine. The stock market and the economy wouldn’t be very good synchronized swimmers.   more
I’ve decided not to think about getting old, just accept it and start wearing all the clothes in my closet again; dress pants, shirts and ties, sportscoat — the outfits I used to wear before I retired. Also, all the hats in my collection.  more
Sharing stories is how connections are made. Friendships are forged. Communities are built — and strengthened over time. Once upon a time, sharing stories was how village elders taught the next generation. And not just how to hunt, build or grow veggies the kids wouldn’t eat anyway.   more
Remember when the conventional wisdom was that abortion would be a huge issue in the midterm elections? Then the election came, and a lot of data pointed to the fact that yes, abortion did indeed play a big role. But now, the subject most people are talking about is ... former President Donald Trump.  more
In 1972, the esteemed political philosopher Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book in which unmitigated umbrage is directed at an implacable pooch in a purple jumpsuit named Marvin K. Mooney.   more
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