I don’t remember when I wrote my first column. I sent a sample to then editor Denny Bonavita and was given the opportunity to allow my random thoughts to grace the pages of Tri-County Sunday the first Sunday of every month. It was with sadness that I write that this will be my last column fo…

With all the political tension and social evolution we are experiencing now, it is no wonder that anxiety disorders “are the most common mental illness in the United States” (Medicalnewstoday.com). I think this is why we are seeing an increase in hate crimes. Anxiety can lead to fear, and fe…

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” This quote from UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell “Red” Sanders in 1950 (not Vince Lombardi as some believe) highlights what has become wrong with our society. We have lost our way. Somehow winning at all costs became our mantra. It doe…

With the mid-term elections next month, I have been pondering the effect of social media on the 2016 election and wondering how it will affect things in November. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced of the truth in the words uttered by an admired philosopher of my youth, Pogo,…

Monkey see, monkey do. According to the web it’s a saying from the 1920s that has its origin in ancient West Africa. Basically, it’s the act of doing or believing something someone else has done or thought without actually thinking about it. The Internet has given this saying a new life way …

I have realized that my sojourn with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been one of the longest relationships in my life. Like most relationships, there are ups and downs, but this past winter almost saw it come to an end, but all that has changed.

I have a camp up in God’s Country, officially known as Potter County. It’s about a two hour drive from my house. That gives me time to enjoy the scenery. However, in these long drives I’ve begun to think about the actual roads I’m driving, specifically state Route 120 between Driftwood and R…

It is graduation season in the area, my last as a teacher. After 25 years of thinking about it, I have come up with an answer to the most often asked question of high school graduates — what do you plan to do with your life?

In my youth, I used to cover a number of songs by the singer/songwriter Randy Stonehill. One of them was “Turning 30.” I sang it at a time when I wasn’t 30 yet, so the song really didn’t press upon me the weight of what it was trying to say. Now that I’m turning 60, well, I feel that weight …