The maple sap has been flowing freely on most days over the past few weeks. This sap is a fluid that is present in an outer layer of the sugar maple trees that are growing on our property around the houses. In the cold climate around this part of the world, maple trees store starch in their …

“Take for granted” — by definition, it means failing to properly appreciate someone or something, especially as a result of overfamiliarity.

On a sunny Saturday near the end of February, I decided to take advantage of the relatively nice weather and go exploring. I had been doing some research about covered bridges in Pennsylvania, and I was ready to see if I could locate a couple of them and have some fun with the new Nikon came…

The run on the grocery stores during the coronavirus crisis has seemed over the top. Although I can undertstand in the context that if you stock up on groceries, including needed paper products, then you won’t have to go back out to a grocery store for a good length of time, thus lowering on…

It’s funny how some things stay with us over the years. When I think of Easter one dish that was always part of our holiday meal was pickled eggs. These were served with pickled beets.

Is it a stretch to call “Idiot!” on a man who holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University, who as a high school student scored a super 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, who was valedictorian of his prestigious, large (3,500 students) high school, who has been a member of the…

Since I spend much of my time in the part of our house near the kitchen these days, I often earn at least part of my meals by setting the table according to the likely menu of the day. There are some basic requirements that can be set up for use – or not – and then be reset if the menu chang…

Recently the Erie Diocese announced the closing of St. Boniface School in Kersey. Although there will still be preschool classes and other uses planned for the building, I feel a deep sense of loss. St. Boniface School has been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old and in first grade…