Swallowtail in Eastwood.

Tim catches a swallowtail butterfly … with his camera

My dear wife Karen and I have been waiting patiently for a butterfly spotting in our backyard garden in the cherished Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. I have more hope now than ever. Good Neighbor Tim sent me two great photos from just his side of our shared fence. He did…

The Diamondback Days

Where’s Mark amid the Diamondback crew?

Yes, my two years toiling for the University of Maryland’s campus daily The Diamondback surely helped shape my career. As much as what I learned in the academic buildings, yes. More? Probably. I wrote hundreds of stories covering the soccer, women’s basketball and lacrosse teams as my primary beats, with coverage about football and men’s…

Take good care of each other around here.

Behold the Northern Flicker

Good Neighbor Tim is always on the lookout in our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. It’s one of the things I love about having him and his wonderful wife Lorraine next door to the Little Bitty. His latest discovery was … I’ll let him tell it, from his email. “Another creature you might appreciate is…

We still are our selfies.

Back on course at last

From May to September. That’s how long it took me to return to the golf course with my pals this summer. Busy for all of us, yes. In fact, that’s how long it took me to get back on the golf course at all, what with this great new job at the Liverpool Public Library…

Victory dance.

A win for the Mets, and the comeback continues

In the National League East, my New York Mets and the Washington Nationals have a rivalry going. My dear wife Karen and I were glad it was the team from our nation’s capital that would be in the other dugout when we drove down from Syracuse with terrific daughter Elisabeth and outstanding significant George Three…