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By Liam O’Mahony Conventional wisdom dictates middle children often feel excluded. When you are between two sisters, some might view that as a dual quandary; yet mine are the quintessential sisters of unyielding support, congeniality and non sequitur humor. My older sister, aka “Mom #2,” is four years my senior and my other sister is one year younger. They no l…

By Janice Schlau Gospodyni, I recently learned, is my name in Polish. Loosely, it translates to kitchen chieftain or guide and director of kitchen events. From my post as chef at St. John Gualbert rectory for the past three years, this work, I admit, is at once challenging, surprising and rewarding. Michelina, a business associate of mine and a law student from Wrocl…

By Mitchell B. Steinhorn In my line of work, I have the pleasure of meeting all types of people from across America. The conversations are wide-ranging and I learn a lot of things by just listening. One of the most unique things I’ve learned from many of these meetings is how seemingly different professions share a lot of the same qualities. Over time, I realized t…

By Steve Banko My wife and I have been fortunate enough to travel a bit in our retirement. We’ve seen the great cathedrals in Rome, Florence and Assisi, Italy. We’ve seen St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and in Budapest, and Notre Dame in Paris. Each of these magnificent structures is an exquisite attempt by man to show honor and…

By Ron Gawel Halloween is upon us. Each autumn, a feeling of change slowly starts to come over me. I can’t fully explain it, but my moods, beliefs and attitudes change during the season of the witch. Cemeteries, for instance, take on a new haunting eeriness as I pass or visit them. Shadows lurk as never before, and the dead silently cry out to me from their ancient gr…

By Remla Parthasarathy This week, like other weeks in previous Octobers, I deliberately let dirty dishes stack up in the kitchen sink. Days of crusted-over plates, cups, bowls and utensils have been stacked haphazardly, creating a dangerous Jenga-like structure that overflows onto both sides of the countertop. When I’m finally ready, I turn on the hot water, soap up t…

By Peg Cushman It’s official: I have now entered “The Twilight Zone.” Scratch that, I mean my twilight years, the beginning of my seventh decade. After several tries, I am now able to admit I’m 60, and feel extremely privileged because many people don’t reach this age. I have experienced many changes over the last 10 years and I have some questions. I don…

By Judith Geer Every community has people whose intellectual and/or artistic gifts far exceed the rest of the populace. My hometown of Holland has certainly had its share of people whose talents overflow the brim of what’s considered average, and the tale of two of these folks has captivated me for many years. Separately, these two exceptional people left those of …

By Genevieve Rados I am the kind of person who loves New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I resolve to work out more, eat less processed food or be more patient with my children – with differing levels of success. I try to make an “eco-resolution” every year as well. One year it was remembering to bring my reusable bags to the grocery store; this year it is br…

By Marilyn Tuberdyck Many people today threatened by potentially fatal conditions are being saved by the compassion and generosity of others. My husband, Mike, has been living with hepatitis C for almost 40 years. He contracted it from blood products used to treat his hemophilia, a blood-clotting disorder that he has had his whole life. He and his doctors have dilige…

By Joanne Padley As a painfully shy child growing up, I rarely had the confidence to speak out loud, to express opinions (really, to even have opinions) or to engage in conversation with strangers or acquaintances on more than very basic levels. I was able to get through most of my formative years this way, and managed to mask much of it in school, trying to stay under …

By Jacqueline Galdenzi On Sunday, my husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. In recent days, I have been looking back on meeting, dating and eventually marrying this amazing man. As a teen, I had always dated jocks. My two brothers were athletic. They played football and baseball, skied, took karate, worked construction during the summer break and …

By Michael Lorich My wife, Kerry, and I have spent the last few summers here in Buffalo. We live in Miami and call ourselves sunbirds because we are escaping the heat, humidity and hurricanes of summer in South Florida. When home we attend a large nondenominational Christian church and for a few summers found a similar church here in Clarence. This summer we decided to …

By Norbert Rug Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of the times my family and I would go sailing on my father’s boat. He had a Lightning Class sailboat named Claire. It was a 19-foot centerboard sloop that was originally designed as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat. You would drop the centerboard, which was a large steel plate, once you left …

By Khimm Graham Harvey Weinstein, the latest mogul accused of sexual abuse, has been in the seat of power for eons in many incarnations. His selective sexual harassment in Hollywood has reportedly tortured the many women in his orbit. Being a mad man of the 1960s and ’70s excuses his behavior and admits him into therapy to wash away his sins. But there are boardroo…