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By Suzanne Kashuba I take a deep, cleansing breath and gaze at the stunning scenery before me. The memory is captured in my heart and cherished with a passion. This year, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying guided walks in an impressive collection of state parks not too far from home. New York State’s Niagara Region has 18 parks and each offers a unique experienc…

By Burt Siemens “From Ghoulies and Ghosties and long-leggedy Beasties, and Things that go Bump in the Night, Good Lord, deliver Us.” So goes the ancient Scottish prayer. It’ll never pass my lips. I don’t believe in ghosts. In college, a few classmates and I gathered in the Commons during a power outage. By candlelight, an aspiring actress read “Rats in the Wall.” …

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary While raising my children, I grew a huge vegetable garden. My daughter’s food allergies forced me into providing our own vegetables and berries. I had to ensure my child wasn’t exposed to pesticides and harmful chemicals. What a treat it was to pick a sun-warmed tomato from the vine and taste its freshness. And by helping me garden, …

By Janice Schlau More than half of the week went by when I received a text and a photo of folks I didn’t recognize. This must be some mistake, I thought, until I peered hard, realizing this was really a dear long-lost friend. Reaching back more than 20, no, more than 30, years presents a challenge, I discovered. Margie was one of a family of 14 Mennonites who resided…

By Tom Graham I felt compelled to travel to Normandy, France, 75 years after the D-Day World War II invasion, on June 6, 1944. My West Side Rowing Club teammate, Sargent Jim “Chick” Hewson, was a paratrooper in the 82nd Army Airborne. He answered the call to arms in World War II, and served with great courage and distinction with jumps in Italy, Sicily and Normandy o…

By Michael Silverman “Be content with what you have.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher “I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches.” – Henry Fielding, English novelist Would you be happier if you had more money? Does wealth lead to greater contentment in life? This age-old question has been the subject of much research, and even inspired a few books. Ch…

By Kathleen Gurbacki My first impression of the School Sisters of Notre Dame was that of Sally Field in “The Flying Nun.” I wondered if they had to walk sideways to get through a doorway. It was orientation day for classes at St. Mary’s Business School on Broadway and Pine. I began to reminisce after dusting a bookshelf the other day when I came across a textbook fro…

By Peg Cushman I realized at 16 years old that I might have a potential future issue. The first time it happened was with an audience, my mom and my two best friends. I was brand new driver and the very first time I backed our large family car out, I hit a telephone pole. I call it “reverse revenge.” Reverse revenge would follow me through the years, rearing its ugly…

By Errol Craig Sull My wife and I had our minds unexpectedly slapped and our hearts unexpectedly ripped recently when we had to take our beloved standard poodle, Taffy, to the vet for his final rest. Emotions we as adults are taught to control or hide broke loose in torrents: tears, sadness, depression, loneliness. The three of us were a strong, close family unit, a…

By Judith Geer Some time ago I attended an author book signing. The book in question was on history and the author and I chatted about our mutual decades-long interest in the subject. I noticed that he wrote more than his signature on the title page, so when I opened the book later to see his message, he’d written: “To Judith, caretaker of history.” I was at first ta…

By Jim Williams My wife and I recently returned from a road trip to the Midwest after visiting our son, Michael, and his family. For us, this was a bittersweet journey. We have been driving back and forth to the Chicago area for 42 years. While traveling back to Buffalo, we reflected on the many fond memories of traversing the heartland of America. Our journey beg…

By Marcia Kester Do you know your purpose in life? You don’t? Well welcome to the club. I was president of that club for years. But I just may have figured it out. As we change mentally and physically, I believe we are called to fulfill different tasks in our life, which become our purpose. Of course, one’s purpose in life is as different as we are. God knows I’ve…

By Joe Sullivan If I were a Miss America contestant, which clearly I could never be, since I’m too dumb, old, ugly, married and can’t afford the operation, I would answer the world peace question with two simple words: peanut butter. Stuff a mouthful of Smuckers into the yapper of any evildoer and you might just catalyze a Kumbaya-like metamorphosis along with a much…

By Wendy Schreiner I used to dread puzzles and never really understood how one could put them together with what seemed such ease, but I discovered the secret and now puzzles are no longer puzzling to me. It just takes time, one thing I never had much of and or allowed myself to have much of. Recently I have gotten time on my hands and puzzles have become a new hobby…

By Chris Moesch Home renovation shows are the rage now and in only an hour, professionals can change a simple Cape Cod family home into a charming log cabin with a loft and a wine refrigerator. Sometimes they add big brick fireplaces and sometimes they just make fun of them and rip them out. No one will ever confuse my home with one of their success stories. I still …