Bird sightings rite of spring

I gather that spring is approaching. I’m not the most observant man, but as the days go by the signs of spring begin to multiply—no snow for starters. Spring then is upon us. And there is something about the sun being a little warmer and the days a little longer that...

Time to start thinking about holiday stress

Today’s fast-paced life is a breeding ground for stress, and the holidays, which are just around the corner, often add an extra layer. Unlike our parents and grandparents who enjoyed simpler lifestyles, our lives are so busy we rarely have time for everyday tasks much...

Another angle to those family stories

When you get together with family members after you haven’t seen each other in a while, it seems the topic of conversation always steers back to your childhood. Such was the case for my sisters and me recently. My sister Michele, her husband Pete, and daughter Sarah...

Who’s that lady with Steve Burns?

Every once in a while a picture comes across my desk which catches my eye and piques my curiosity. I immediately recognized Steve Burns and taking a closer look, standing next to him was Betty White. Yes, Betty White, the very same Betty we all know and love. The...

Coffee curmudgeons always good for a column

The doors open here at the Tri-City Times Monday through Friday at 7:15 every morning. By 7:30 the coffee is brewing and the first of the ‘coffee klatch curmudgeons’ begin showing up. It’s been that way for many years now, a tradition of sorts I suppose. I acquired a...