Saturday, August 1, 2015


Saturday, February 7, 2015


A while back in a writer's guild workshop we were asked to write down words we thought are beautiful.

The workshop leader didn't want us to list words where the meaning was beautiful. It's the word itself the sound of the word on which we were to concentrate.

We were given 10 minutes to list our "beautiful" words. At the end of that time, I didn't have any words I truly thought were beautiful only because of the sound.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


As we've all experienced in recent weeks, winter has begun to ramp up its fury.

While far from the clippers that had been originally predicted, the recent storms have nonetheless served as a disheartening reminder of what the season is capable of, and what figures to follow.

For most of us, dealing with the inclement weather can often put a real strain on things.

That's particularly true when the storms hit overnight and run into the morning hours before work.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Being a writer and a photographer, I find myself constantly making a statement of some sort in one fashion or another.

I recently saw a great sweatshirt online that pretty much sums up my life's statement and one that I absolutely have to buy.

The writing on the front says:

Six things you don't mess with:

My faith, My family, My flag, My country, My liberty, My camera.

The first thing I thought was that I would need to change it to make it be seven things and add My dog; but then I figured that he is, in effect, family, so the six will work just fine.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Special to the Times News Bruce and Marie Frassinelli.

As my wife, Marie, and I were cruising down the superhighway of a picture-perfect retirement, our lives slammed into a brick wall and were turned upside down and inside out.

It was Valentine's Day 2012 a day synonymous with romance, flowers and an intimate dinner. Marie had had a CT scan earlier in the day. She had not been feeling well for about a month. She was bloated and had pain. She had a history of irritable bowel, so her doctor had prescribed several different medications, but nothing worked, so he ordered the CT scan.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My friend Lou Sportelli has a knack for meaningful quotes that stay with me.

For instance, one meaningful quote that has stood the test of time with me is this one.

"We are the same person today as we were yesterday except for two things the books we read and the people we meet."

Since Dr. Sportelli is a great reader of self-help books, (and he so generously passes them along to others), I'm not sure if that quote originated with him or if he is quoting one of his favorite authors.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Sunday ranks as arguably the biggest day of the year in professional football.

It's the XLIX annual Super Bowl. XLIX actually stands for the 49th, in case you're not sure.

The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have this as one of the most evenly matched Super Bowls ever, with the Tuesday line having New England favored by one point.

Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion, defeating the Denver Broncos last year, 43-8.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

There are many different urban legends told over campfires and during sleepovers. They are used to entertain with scary stories, but many really cannot be traced to one solid source. They always happen to "a friend of a friend" or someone my "family member" knows who knows someone else. When a story starts that way, it is surely a tall tale or an urban legend.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I read a story today that really ticked me off.

The headline read "Kentucky school teacher caught dragging 6-year-old along school floor is fired and rehired again."

At first glance, one might be tempted to be angry with the teacher.

In fact, many are rather enraged about it.

Along with the online article was a video that very clearly showed the incident.

According to the story, which occurred Oct. 29, 2014, the child had become disruptive in the classroom and was threatening other students.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Last week we explored some of the more fanciful beliefs people have about our closest solar system neighbor, the moon.

This beautiful orb when it rises full is a stunning object and has been the subject of romanticism, legend, superstition and wonder for thousands if not millions of years.

While our ability to travel there has removed some of the moon's mysteries, there is still much we do not know about our neighbor, such as how it became our satellite.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Linda Koehler

Sometimes I think retirement should be illegal.

It forces us say goodbye to people who've become family to us.

Like everyone else, I've grown to know Linda Koehler through her interesting news stories, fascinating features and hilarious columns.

Oh, those columns!

If anyone knows how to entertain in a way that touches the heart, it's Linda.

She's the Erma Bombeck of the Times News.

And that's important because daily news is often dismal and heavy. Writers like Linda know how to make us laugh, and they're precious for doing so.