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Saturday, August 27, 2011


Shortly before noon on Aug. 25, 1911, two rail cars connected to a Lehigh Valley Railroad's train derailed near a bridge in Manchester, N.Y., about 16 miles from Geneva, causing what one reporter called "one of the worst wrecks in the history of the state."

Train No. 4 was running 40 minutes behind schedule when it sped past the Geneva station. Among the passengers was a large number of Civil War veterans and their families returning from the national GAR encampment held in Rochester.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

As I was doing some random surfing I came across some lists of famous and not-so-famous curses that people have attributed to families, events and items over the years. I have written about the infamous Curse of Tecumseh in the past which many know as the Zero Year curse which people claim President Ronald Reagan broke when he survived the shooting by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981. While many feel his survival is proof the curse was broken, I believe this is not necessarily the case.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Throughout the summer I am delighted by the dragonflies that flit about our backyard. I enjoy watching them in their graceful aerobatic dances. With their transparent wings and bright blue coloring, I get a little fanciful about their existence. To me, they are like the cousins of that mythical creature, the fairy.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

With the automobile chugging through the countryside and the streets of downtown America, and air travel beginning to take flight, we were fast becoming a more mobile society in 1911.

These vast changes influenced every segment of society including fashion. The hobble skirt, which was cut so narrow at the ankles that it hindered walking, was the brainchild of French clothing designer Paul Poiret. Because they were so narrow at the hem, it "hobbled" the wearer, thus the name.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes I've heard in all this drama about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told Becky Quick. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

Sounds about right.

The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

When Dave and I were married almost two years ago, the priest asked if we were planning any special touches for the wedding.

I told him I only had two simple requests. At the end of the church ceremony as we were leaving the church we wanted to walk under an honor guard of kayak paddles held by members of our kayak club. And at the reception, we wanted all three generations of our family to dance to "We Are Family." I'll never forget the exhilaration I felt during that dance as I looked around at the happy faces on the dance floor.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's late afternoon, and the sun glints off the tall aluminum ladder that Jim Cimms has propped against the southwest side of our old farmhouse. Jim's at the top of the ladder, smoothing a layer of pristine white paint on the newly scraped and sanded wooden clapboards near the roof.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In times like these, one never knows when disaster will strike. The riots in the United Kingdom and Europe came as a complete surprise.

Over the last 30 years, Europe has created a welfare class that has free or subsidized housing and food. Welfare recipients live well, buy cigarettes and alcohol and even go to football matches while on the dole.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone. Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own …" is the first line or two of a traditional ballad written by Rodgers and Hart in 1935. But a recent paper presented by astronomers proposes that maybe our moon was not alone in the night sky. Astronomers Erik Asphaug and Martin Juzi presented the idea that perhaps the moon was joined by a smaller moon in orbiting the Earth over four and a half billion years ago, but that the two moons eventually collided.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I've quit monitoring my 401-K online, only because I'm afraid to see what I have, or what I no longer have, in my account. In all my 60-plus years, I never remember an economic crisis as tense as the one we are currently experiencing.

Two-a-day practices in pads have been eliminated at camp by all NFL teams and only 14 practices in pads can be held during the regular season. Teams are restricted to one practice in pads per week for the first 11 weeks, then just one practice in pads in three of the final five weeks of the regular season.