A sea of white

Red chairs. White blooms, with a hint of lavender. Ah, simple backyard joy.

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A startling sight as the sun goes down

As KP and I walked out of the Foxfire restaurant following our Tuesday night golf league’s nine holes, a beer or two and 10 boneless wings, I noticed something on the way to the parking lot that stopped me in my tracks. The trees appeared to be half-changing toward a deep, rich color that’s usually…

Don’t expect to laugh large for Downsizing

If you’ve seen the trailer for Downsizing, you might have been swept away by Matt Damon’s impish little smile at the thought of being swept away to a land of little people. Cute comedy? Sometimes. Damon has range as Paul Safranek, a middle-class, Middle America sort who toils to reach modest dreams with his wife…

Our rose blooms are coming on strong

The long-running winter of 2017-18 changed a lot about spring and summer in our Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville, I’m certain. But as we move through June, I’m happy to look in our backyard and report this fact: The roses are coming out strong. On both sides of our walkway, they prosper.

Hail to the Washington Caps, my second favorite NHL team

Back when my bowling league ended in April, I told my pal Al that I would would be rooting for the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley Cup. The playoffs were just starting. He raised an eyebrow, hearing enough about my allegiance to the New York Islanders as our bowling squads rolled against each other…

The kids continue our Hawaiian theme with a cool tree

Elisabeth and George brought over a perfect present for my dear wife Karen. A pineapple tree is exactly right, an homage for our time spent together in Hawaii for Karen’s family reunion in the summer of 2017. George found the pretty tree at the Walmart. And it’s thriving on our side alcove. I’m wondering if…

Hello to you, too, Anna

The big boat I’d been waiting for pulled into its Onondaga Lake Marina slip this week. As I walked on our work break with my colleagues, I happily pulled my iPhone 8 out to catch the craft with the so-clever moniker painted across the back. I’m glad to greet Me Anna You II from nearby…