Since I spend much of my time in the part of our house near the kitchen these days, I often earn at least part of my meals by setting the table according to the likely menu of the day. There are some basic requirements that can be set up for use – or not – and then be reset if the menu chang…

Through all the years that I spent in the high school math classroom, I often taught awareness in all the ways that conniving people would try to separate honest people from their carefully-saved money. There was a time that I had a series of mini-courses where I conducted classes in use of …

Through all the years that I spent in the high school math classroom, I often taught awareness in all the ways that conniving people would try to separate honest people from their carefully-saved money. There was a time that I had a series of mini-courses where I conducted classes in use of …

My clock-radio comes alive every morning at 7:00 a.m. tuned into DuBois’ WCED, now commonly known as “Connect Radio.” I like to catch the brief morning national news and the locals. Then I drowsy along for a while until I feel forced to get up for corn flakes, breakfast according to the plan…

Home has never been very far away for me. I have spent most of my life out on the farm and, though my occasional travels have taken me across the country, this place has always been home to me. After my wife and I built our house, it took a while for that building to become “home.” For us, h…

This is the time of the year when people of the farming community look back on past years and talk about the ones that were especially good and years that were not quite as good, but seldom bad. For many years of my life, much reminiscing was done during Farm-City Week, which has been celebr…

On August 29th, several weeks ago, my wife and I attended a memorial service for long-time friend Joyce Simchick who had passed away at the age of 89 years following a lifetime of service for her family and the tri-county area. The service included a eulogy by her pastor, the Rev. Christophe…

The story of “Ol’ Red” began for us almost 30 years ago, in the fall of 1990. My wife had been a fan of Chrysler-Plymouth automobiles as a long-time customer of Buzzard’s Garage in Reynoldsville and, at that time, was driving about town in a red ’79 LeBaron with a white vinyl top – a classy …

I have heard it said that, “All good things will come to an end if a person is willing to wait long enough.” One of those times did occur last Saturday evening when the 2019 version of our Jefferson County Fair came to its conclusion. I have often written about the things that we have planne…

We have all the furniture in our house that we need to live comfortably. As a matter of fact, a few years ago, we were gifted a set of wood rocking chairs by our boys and we couldn’t find places for them. Eventually, we re-gifted the rockers back to the givers and they are now enjoying them …