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Where We Live

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I'm sitting at a meeting of a board of elected officials, watching as one of them struggles mightily to make a decision that will tip the balance in favor, or against, an important proposal.

The official thinks, and thinks hard, for several uncomfortable minutes, before casting a vote. This official is one who truly cares about the town's best interests; one who has no personal agenda driving voting decisions.

"Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation," theologian James Freeman Clarke once said.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

For some of you who may not know, Bob and I are expecting our first child this April.

As we prepare the house, I sit down and think about all the things I want to make sure we teach our son as he begins his journey.

A letter to our son:

I love you dearly even though we have not met yet,

But your dad and I look forward to getting to finally meet you.

We will love you as best we can

and to the best of our ability.

We will make sure you are cared for,

But we cannot promise there won't be bumps along the way.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


What do Drako, Gandolf, and Magnus all have in common?

For those of you who watch the weather channel these are the names of snowstorms that have swept across the United States so far in this 2012-2013 winter season.

The reasoning behind the naming of a storm is that is raises awareness, is easier to follow and makes it simpler to remember and to be referred to in the future.

No one can argue that it is better to be pre-warned when nasty weather is due to arrive.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


We received a lot of positive comments on a column last year with jokes about people who are of "that age." So with the help of a high school friend, here are some more.

Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things.

During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Community values die as data age grows


The data age, despite its many benefits to society, has become an increasingly greater distraction towards the needs and growth of populace communities - and organizations that foster to them.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Forming the new Lions Club was a daunting task, but one that has brought immense satisfaction to all of us new members.

It's been refreshing to see the satisfaction on everyone's faces as we come together a couple of times a month to discuss doing good deeds for the community.

The idea to form a new club began nearly two years ago when a few of us discussed the possibility and we began gathering like-minded people. It wasn't a chore, it was actually a rewarding experience.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


The Way We Were.

Upon first glance, those words may evoke images of the 1970s film starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.

While the movie was an absolute box office success, the intent of this column is not to write a review of the Academy Award-winning film.

Instead, it's about taking a moment to go back to a simpler time, when kind deeds and harmless fun were the rule, rather than the exception.

Maybe it was the era in which I grew up in, or perhaps, the company I kept, that has fostered my way of thinking.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Once again the calendars return to January and the year jumps forward another digit. This means a few days or weeks of writing the wrong year on checks, letters and other forms of communication. It also signals the end of the Christmas season and the long stretch of No Man's Land for holidays until Memorial Day. Granted there are holidays all year long, but most of the major ones seem to lay in a short period of the year.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In a couple days we will say goodbye to 2012 and I am more than OK with that.

The year did not start off well for me, as I lost my mother in mid-January. That loss affected almost everything else that happened during the year, both the good and the bad.

Everyone who knows me, and anyone who knew my mother, knew that she was a phenomenal cook. That's even how she and my dad met. She worked for relatives who owned a successful inn in Martinsville, N.J. and my dad was hired as the chef.

Growing up, food played an important part in our lives.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Six-year-old Olivia Engel was to have been an angel in a live nativity performed at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. last Friday, Dec. 14.

Instead, Olivia was one of the 20 first grade students who died at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that day.

St. Rose Pastor Robert Weiss stated, "She was supposed to be an angel in the play. Now she's an angel up in Heaven."