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Empty walnut shells

August 28, 2016 On a hill at the Keene farm is a copse, mostly beeches, their twisted roots covered in moss, the spaces between them filled with ferns. more »»

The Incredible Two-story Urinal

August 21, 2016 In April 1929, Sanderling Pottery owner Allaster Sanderling, my great-grandfather, took to the open road in his new Drayson-12 automobile to see the great natural wonders of the land and humble... more »»

Thoughts on Cleveland

August 11, 2016 Since both political conventions are in the rearview mirror I thought it appropriate and hopefully interesting to share my impressions of the Republican National Convention. more »»

The Progressive Sheep

August 7, 2016 Although I dislike preacher to cracker comparisons, Minister Westminster does resemble a saltine: steady, with a dash of salt for flavor, or savor, as the Bible puts it. more »»

Fixing my hard drive

August 7, 2016 Now that the state Route 170 bridge over Little Beaver Creek is closed for a replacement project, let us pause for a moment to consider how people drive. more »»


July 24, 2016 We would fish in Aedre’s Pool, my friends and I, a can of corn between us, cane poles in our hands, teasing and punching each other as we waited for the bobber to bounce, bragging of kisses that had... more »»

Miss Fetters’ forbidden fruit

July 17, 2016 Before her retirement, an event greeted with a collective sigh of relief, most students regarded Miss Helen Fetters, English, room 4B, as the scourge of the Sycamore Shadows school system. more »»

A youth of much promise

July 10, 2016 When a young man still on the diaper side of his 13th birthday is offered the distinguished job of church bulletin editor, he’s either the preacher’s son or possesses considerable writing talent. more »»

The Drip

June 26, 2016 Scholars may disagree, but I believe that Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is about plumbin. more »»

Milton Dunnacker

June 19, 2016 He was the Johnny Appleseed of our early years, an uncouth eccentric who loved “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” with as much passion as he disliked personal hygiene. more »»


June 12, 2016 Form a group and traditions will soon follow, however silly they may seem to those outside the group. more »»

Advice to Trump: Lead

June 5, 2016 This election cycle has been unlike any we’ve ever seen. Many of our fellow Americans are justifiably angry, and they’ve spoken with their votes. more »»

Byron Cobble

May 29, 2016 Tomorrow morning, Byron Cobble will flop out of bed, pour a cup of coffee, and plop into his chair. more »»


May 29, 2016 Collectors like toys with colorful, detailed, often amusing or realistic decoration. more »»

Listening to Ives

May 25, 2016 For someone raised on hymns like “I Need Thee,” “Standing on the Promises” and “Blessed Assurance,” I’m not surprised that I love the music of Charles Ive. more »»

The Imaginactory

May 15, 2016 On the night of October 1, 2009, I enjoyed the unfettered slumbers of the poor. The next morning, I awoke rich. more »»

On praying twice

May 8, 2016 So the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been following me. more »»

Ensuring Ohioans have safe drinking water

May 1, 2016 In the United States, we are blessed to enjoy some of the world’s safest drinking water. more »»

Seersucker Suit

May 1, 2016 It began with a bakelite brooch, a harmless piece of plastic purchased at a pawn shop for his girlfriend, Alberdina. more »»

On saluting flags

April 27, 2016 Much has been made in recent days of Prince’s affiliation with the Jehovah’s Witnesses—an affiliation that some observers have found inscrutable given the salacious nature of his music. more »»

The Beast and Stella Havelock

April 17, 2016 In 2002, Rube Elder and his wife purchased the 1928 Utopia Theater, located on Kishwaukee & Main in Sycamore Shadows. more »»


Wellsville High School class of 1962 August 29, 2016

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville High School Class of 1962 meets for lunch 1 p.m. today, at the Paddle Wheel, Wells Ave. more »

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