The kids show off their pluck in Swallows and Amazons

The Walker four and the Blackett pair are most definitely British kids floating around in their boats on the lake they reluctantly share in Swallows and Amazons. After all, the 2016 family adventure/drama directed by Philippa Lowthorpe with a screenplay by Andrea Gibb was derived from not one, but two of the popular 1930s children’s…

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Keeping the promise?

The apartment complex Ellie B and I spy during our walks around the blocks of the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville makes a pretty big promise with its name. No, I said a big promise. Yeah, that just begs for a look at the lake, right? Well, not from where the sign sits can I spot…

Another painting, with my dear wife’s twist

Last time, we picked up the brushes together and painted our own halves of a project that now adorns the bedroom wall of A Bitty Better. This time, my dear wife Karen’s friend Marie asked if she’d like to go with her to Painting with a Twist. They took in a night of fun at…

Greetings to Miss Ava

Meet Miss Ava, said the text from my terrific daughter Elisabeth. There’s a new cat in the family. Yes, she explained, my daughter and sensational significant George Three took a trip to the Rome (N.Y.) SPCA. They rescued Miss Ava, and Miss Ava will hereafter also rescue them. Hover over a gallery photo for a…

OK, I’ll let the label define me

Hover over a gallery photo for a description. Click on an image for an enlarged slide show. It is a nice feeling to look in the fridge and realize that you have those craft beers that your co-workers gave you for your birthday ready to go for a Syracuse Orange game on TV. Yes, I…