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By Bob Poczik My adult daughter and I just returned from a peaceful two-day silent retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee, in Piffard. While there, I couldn’t help but notice how the monks are aging. There were perhaps 19 of them, and I would say that many are in their 70s or beyond. Several use rolling walkers, and this year for the first time the esteemed John Eudes B…

By Kathleen Gurbacki I needed a distraction. Our little dog passed away and for three weeks, as I sat looking out the window, I couldn’t stop crying.  Watching the sunset, a train whistle blew in the distance. I’ve never traveled by train and a thought came to mind. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law live a thousand miles away in Nebraska. My husband and I have n…

By Sharon Cramer In “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe complain, “When love goes wrong, nothing goes right.” But isn’t the opposite also true? When you are in love, everything is transformed. Love gives us special glasses, new sound equipment to turn even annoying noises (traffic, complainers) into melodies. Love stirs us, memories coinciding…

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By Kenneth Holley “If we understood the power of our thoughts we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our weaknesses, and our own strengths.” – Betty Eadie “Sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you.” We have all he…

By Liam O’Mahony Growing up, my favorite month was June because of my birthday, school ending, great weather and the NBA Finals. After many years watching it on TV, I scored a front-row seat when the Chicago Bulls achieved the three-peat in 1998. My love for basketball and the Bulls dated to when I had the first Air Jordan shoes, yet I never imagined I would work with t…

By Virginia Kelley In our airy kitchen in southern Illinois, with only a few basic cooking tools, Mom turned simple garden provisions into feasts. Dad’s reward at the end of each workday was a hearty, home-cooked “meat and potatoes” supper. Macaroni or rice made weekly appearances, as well as the occasional casserole. One especially aromatic, golden brown pot pie was…

By Gerry Crinnin Our kids were grown up and firmly ensconced in college. I had a two-year run-up to downsizing from decades in a large house to a three-bedroom apartment in Buffalo, and I needed all that time because, unlike my wife, I have difficulty breaking connections with things, large or small. Like any muscle, however, I got stronger the more I exercised my jetti…

By Ron Gawel I first met her in the fifth grade. That was eons ago, back in 1961 at Hyde Park School in Niagara Falls. Her name was Sharon and I didn't realize at the time that she was Heaven sent. Now that I think back, she more than likely, through her friendship and generosity, loyalty and unselfishness, altered and changed for the better my entire school career. It …

By Joseph Borzelliere How many of us have taken our vehicle for service, or have gone to our doctor and spent time in a waiting room and sit with strangers? Recently I took my 76-year-old body to my doctor for a breathing test. I was in the waiting room for a half-hour and met some interesting people, who were strangers. There were two women who knew each other …

By Dennis P. Aures My wife recently emerged from our basement and hit me with one of the two things I most hate to hear. The first being, "The sewer is backed up again!" Thank God it wasn’t that! And secondly, "The washer/dryer isn’t working!" Still bad, but doesn’t trigger thoughts of murder, suicide. As for the sewer, an early indication of much future "fun" came o…

By Marge McMillen My mother taught me never to ridicule others less fortunate than I, and I have lived my life practicing this lesson learned.  But really, there is a limit, isn’t there?  I mean, just look at that old woman performing the simple act of getting up out of a chair.  The grunts and groans emanating from her lips will astound you, and I find myself saying un…

By Caroline Zane For some time, I had been saying that my next car would be electric. When hurricanes caused so much devastation last year, I decided it was time. I was convinced that the severity of the storms was due to climate change and that electric cars could make a difference. Since our cars were 13 and 17 years old and increasingly costly to maintain, getting…

By Trudy Kutter Living in Genesee County I feel lucky to be living in a small town. Any time I go to a store, meeting or get-together I am bound to know someone. People are friendly and helpful to one another;  it’s a great place to live and raise a family. For many years now in our community Memorial Day is celebrated as a day of remembrance. We start this holiday w…

By Phil Ryan These three things have been part of my life since my preteen years right up till my retirement from the Buffalo Fire Department. As a young kid living in South Buffalo, we were always pushing the envelope when it came to having fun. Whether it was as simple as walking to school to Bishop Timon, we had to make it an adventure and sometimes dangerous. If …

By Burt Siemens Back in 1988 my family and I set out to explore the German-speaking countries in Europe. One afternoon, as we were heading for Switzerland, we decided to pull off the autobahn at the next exit. It was getting late and rooms would soon become scarce. The road led us to a small village tucked in the folds of the Austrian Tyrol. Before long we were on a …