Pop goes the memories, says Gary Frenay, and it is good

Gary Frenay, File Under Pop Vocal Northside Records Syracuse music fans know what a cool cat Gary Frenay can be. He’s got nine band lives, too. Well, that number’s a bit of a stretch, but the singer and guitarist has made the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame twice with the power pop of the…

Peony power for Memorial Day Weekend

They call Memorial Day Weekend the unofficial start of summer in our part of the world. It got down to 44º F last night, more fit for another season. Nevertheless the peony standing proudly in front of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood has pushed out its pretty fuchsia flowers. My…

Our little league outlasts the rain to start fresh

In thundered while DJ, Bird, Marie and I played our first hole. I do believe lightning may have flashed fairly close to Northern Pines in Cicero, N.Y. But the folks in the clubhouse who closely watch the radar — they have a senior ranger in who roams the course in a cart to monitor speed…

Our little cherry tree now has a name

The results are in. You voted with your feet. Well, no you didn’t. It wasn’t the kind of poll where you actually have to drive there and pull down the lever and hang a chad or anything like that. No, a week ago I decided to ask the world with a poll what my dear…

A word from Rachel Carrera …

Let us take a moment today to solve a small mystery about one of my favorite mystery writers, shall we? There are certain folks here in BloggyVille whose absence of an uncommon length raises a chill in my soul, a pause in my thought and an investigation of some sort on my part. Rachel’s been…

I couldn’t hedge my shaggy thoughts any longer

Two of the front yard shrubs had already gone out of control standing guard at the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. So as my dear wife Karen tidied up the hourglass garden and spread red mulch, I grabbed the battery-powered Black and Decker hedge clippers and went to work. One of…

Barefoot? Why not, it’s almost summer

How about a stop at Harbor View, my dear wife Karen suggested while we were plotting out trip to see the weekly movie. Our favorite wine store. She expanded her reasoning. I’d declared that I’d liked my glass of Barefoot brand Merlot on our visit with SUNY Morrisville journalism alumni and friends to celebrate the…

Tony and Kelly learn about friendship

My good and wise BloggyVille friend Nurse Kelly thought this was the perfect time of year to share a story from a senior year in high school. I’ll say. Please take the time to click over to her place to learn again about how taking the time to make friends can mean more than you…