What does Kobe Bryant’s passing mean to you?

As the news outlets swirl with the tragic news of the death of 41-year-old former basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna today in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, many thoughts crowd my mind. Too early. So shocking. Oh, what brings this nation together. A man who was accused of sexual assault…

Another perspective

My dear wife Karen and I decided in the store that we liked this piece for our living room back when we initially moved from Eastwood to Galeville. Then we had a lively art discussion about which direction it should hang. Lately, coming on four years later, I’ve been looking at the piece and puzzling…

All clear during the cold

I’m always making sure these babies have space when it’s cold and snowy. I learned the hard way one winter when the snow and ice got too high and our house temperature got too low. Turns out the furnace couldn’t breathe because I’d let the opening get clogged. The heating company people nicely enough told…

A grand design at the library

I’m heading out to a Grand Reopening celebration at my Liverpool Public Library workplace this morning. At 9 this morning, words from a podium will be spoken by officials expressing thanks to all who had a hand in making this transformation of looks and function possible. Patrons can ask staffers about stuff. Connections can flourish.…

When life gives you kielbasa

My terrific daughter Elisabeth included one huge ring of kielbasa in my pile of Christmas gifts. She took a trip to the Polish place in Utica to secure it. It sure made for a superb centerpiece of my Polish dinner, accompanied by pierogi, sauerkraut and beans. I had plenty left over to bring to work…