Well, we had good intentions. We decided to try to follow others’ advice when they told us that to decrease the number of feral felines in the neighboorhood to just stop feeding them.

On the occasion of her 98th birthday on Groundhog Day a few years before her passing in 2017 at the age of 102, our good friend Gertrude Sterrett was asked how life had changed the most over time, almost a whole century for her. She cited changes in transportation, cooking and shopping, goin…

Americans’ trust in their government is abysmally low, according to both survey data and a more subjective reading of opinions about President Donald Trump and Congress. I hold a contrarian view: Trust in the actual operations of government is pretty high, and the real growing mistrust is of…

As most occupants of planet Earth know, last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ended with the genocidal demigod Thanos using six “infinity stones” to erase half of all life in the universe.

While she may not always be the first person we see at birth (that is usually a doctor or nurse), she is the first person that we, as babies, develop an invisible but unbreakable bond with – our mothers.

We’ve all heard or made comments about the annual road work on Interstate 80 that never seems to end. In reality the number of vehicles traversing the state on this major thruway makes such repairs more than necessary, especially given our winters of freeze and thaw. However, it’s not the ro…

According to people who study such things, our shopping habits have changed drastically over the last several years. There is much more online shopping being done, leaving many malls and storefronts empty. I was in Altoona recently and noticed that the Sears store there has closed too, as ha…

This column has taken many shapes over the years. Some call it a food column but it isn’t always about food. Many times it’s about family, friends or people I’ve met either recently or long ago. To me this column can be wrapped up into one word – life. Food, family, friends, laughter, pets a…

A common greeting on Christmas cards and other notes might say, “Another year has passed and here we are again!” In our case, that very thing has passed – another year has passed … since we celebrated our wedding anniversary the last time. Evelyn and I were married on the 4th of April and th…

What makes a memory take hold and stay with us? Over the years I’ve talked to people who remember what they were doing when JFK was killed. I’m not talking about people who were adults at that time but those who were children such as I. I was a toddler then and no I don’t remember where I wa…