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Swans’ song is angelic winter music

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Twice, in early December, when glowering clouds veiled the skies so thickly that nothing was visible, I heard their song.

Holiday spirit returning this year

Thursday, December 6, 2007

By now, you’re getting a bit panicky. When you put last year’s Christmas “away,” where did you put the list with all the names of friends who get cards or gifts or coffee cakes? And what about the red and gold banners you stick on the pasture gate and the cemetery fence with green duct tape (which gives you a fit when you try to remove it come summer)? At least you remember where the rolls of red plastic ribbon are that turn the porch’s white pillars into candy cane look-alikes when it is spiraled around them.

Be thankful despite your troubles

Thursday, November 22, 2007

In these very troubled times – national troubles, global troubles, financial troubles, violence troubles, climate and weather troubles, energy troubles, war troubles, strike troubles, health troubles, ad infinitum – there are many families who will surely have trouble being thankful this Thanksgiving Day.

A WWI hero’s life remembered

Thursday, November 8, 2007

From Washington D.C., the telegram is addressed to Mr. Harry Thompson, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, Ohio.

October skies bring autumn splendor

Thursday, October 25, 2007

For me, Christmas morning can’t hold a candle to one of these rare October dawns when the sun is not quite up and the dew is heavy on the grass and contrails play tic-tac-toe in heaven’s splendid blue vault.

Fox has lost its plume, not its pluck

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Even above the 6 o’clock newscast I could hear an insistent voice – that of a chickadee calling over and over, and loudly, from the back porch.

Young fox has a field day (and lunch)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Decisions! Decisions! Which of more than a dozen jottings gets the lead paragraph for this column? And suddenly, Mother Nature makes the decision with a dazzling offering on the sunny last day of summer as a friend and I admired the just-mowed pasture.

The coming autumn can’t be denied

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It wasn’t even Labor Day yet when Halloween decorations, cards and other gimcracks appeared on store shelves.

Looking back on the Canfield Fair

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Getting ready for Canfield Fair was always a rite of passage in bygone days, and it was surely less complicated then than it is today.

Vintage voice brings storm to life

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Anyone who fancies himself a writer always reads and critiques other writers’ efforts, sometimes with disdain and sometimes with admiration while saying to himself, “I wish I’d written that.


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