Tag Archives: Central New York

‘Kicked the bucket’ and other colorful obituaries

I confess I’m a regular reader of the obit page. When I come across someone whose formal obituary uses a phrase like “kicked the bucket,” I have to read it. This happened today, and it provides another example of the … 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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Abandoned Syracuse office building draws police’s attention

Syracuse police and other law enforcement agencies spent several hours Wednesday going through an abandoned 10-story building that has been a daytime hangout for some of the city’s homeless. My friend James, who sleeps in a doorway of the office … Continue reading

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Decades-old rumors about priest, pedophilia were ‘credible’

Yet another Catholic priest has been added to the list of alleged pedophile predators, and this time the sordid tale hits close to home. The priest who was the principal of the high school I attended in the 1970s has … Continue reading

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A confrontation that was worth it — for one of us, anyway

In more than 30 years of running the roads, I have encountered intentional bad behavior only a few times. Once, passing teenagers spit out the window and nailed me good. A few other times, oncoming drivers have laid on the horn … Continue reading

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It’s easy to bitch about the Post Office, but . . .

This is not a rant about the U.S. Postal Service — even though a “Priority Mail” birthday package I sent last month is in limbo somewhere on the West Coast. True, my son’s birthday box of presents (and cash) hasn’t arrived … Continue reading

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November arrives, bag and baggage — and then some

November showed up at the front door this morning, and I had to let it in. This year it brought more crap than usual. There’s the traditional baggage, of course — gray skies … more darkness … the furnace kicking on … Continue reading

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You only live once, give or take … so let’s give a little

In my more cynical moments as a parent, I remind my three boys that the handy American societal axiom of “the haves and have-nots” is too quaint, too weak. Replace that with “givers and takers,” I tell them, and you … Continue reading

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Maria’s Outreach: Helping the homeless in Syracuse

From her office window last year, Maria Sweeney could look out and see a homeless man who lived in the doorway of an abandoned building. Each time she saw him, she wondered who he was and how he ended up … Continue reading

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Pass it on … random acts of kindness still happen

I’m passing along a story from a recent graduate of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where I work. Alex Ashley and a group of his Radiation Therapy program classmates went out to dinner in April to celebrate after a big … Continue reading

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