Category Archives: peace

A simply beautiful thing, and an ingenious way to share it

These lilacs bloom in our dooryard each spring, but of course their beauty is fleeting. So it’s best to share it while you can, and not just with a visual. Two mornings ago, before heading off to the university where … Continue reading

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Hidden-camera test of kindness: Good idea, but unfair prank

Yesterday morning I learned of a new video that’s making the rounds on social media, a hidden-camera exercise comparing people’s reactions to two individuals on crutches who “fall” on a city street. Of course I watched it, thinking that I’d … Continue reading

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A sign of warmth — and something else — on a very chilly day

The thermometer read 17 degrees Fahrenheit and the “real feel” temperature was 4 Sunday afternoon, but an earlier visitor to the Erie Canal in Central New York was feeling warm. As one of my running buddies pointed out, it’s coming … Continue reading

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A lesson in self-preservation — take it from the trees

It’s never too late to learn a lesson you snoozed through in high school biology. Especially when it provides a metaphor that smacks you upside the head. The science: When trees shed their leaves in autumn, there’s more going on … Continue reading

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Treasures aren’t ‘hidden’ when you make the effort to look

Here’s one from the “What took me so long?” file. Just a 20-minute drive from the town I’ve lived in for the past 30 years is the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, N.Y. Last weekend marked my first visit … Continue reading

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Enjoying the peace and quiet … of peace and quiet

Even before a timely visit from a butterfly, I’d been thinking a lot about peace and quiet. My girlfriend is reading Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet,” which champions “The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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‘… a time when every summer will have something of autumn in it’

If you recognize the quote in the headline, you’re a fan of baseball and great writing. Those words sum up the urgency that accompanies growing older, the passion with which we can live our lives — and for me, how I want … Continue reading

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A premature ‘Last Lecture’: Time Wounds All Heels

Tomorrow I will send a letter to each of my three sons, ages 25 to almost 21. I started the letter in 2008, shortly after a good friend died in his sleep at age 52. My friend never married, never … Continue reading

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