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Vegetables are the new meat

I used to hate Brussels sprouts. The only way I had ever had them was boiled, and they were smelly and disgusting. Then I found a recipe for pan-fried Brussels sprouts in baco... read more...


Traveling is just plane gross

It’s been 10 days since I was last on a plane. I still have the remnants of a hacking cough, and my desk is littered with empty sheets of vacuum-packed pills claiming to be th... read more...


And this little piggy came home

“How can someone forget that they bought a pig!?” I have to say, on reflection, that my wife had a point. I have started to forget things more and more often, but they’re us... read more...


Money never sleeps, but it does pass out

Where did all the money go that we used to spend developing vacation pictures? Not that I can afford a vacation anymore, but back when my house was worth three times what I pa... read more...


Snooki: You have to work to be a celebrity

Hi, this is Snooki from “Jersey Shore,” and this is the first book I’ve ever written. And when I finish it, it will be the first book I ever read! I’m so excited – I can’t wai... read more...


Stalking your college kid won’t change a thing

Many colleges are complaining about a new problem: parents who refuse to leave after the students have moved in. There are tales of parents who rent hotel rooms in college tow... read more...


Putting my life in ‘Jeopardy’

We were eating the last of this year’s fresh corn for dinner while watching “Jeopardy” recently. Writing questions for “Jeopardy” would by my dream job. All of them seem so ... read more...


Mo’ government, mo’ problems

For years, federal, state and local governments have been passing crazy regulations that drive up the cost of doing business, without allocating any public funds to pay for th... read more...


Kiss of the vamp ire

Two 16-year-olds were talking about how much they were enjoying the third season of “True Blood.” I’d heard about HBO’s hit show. But what’s so special about vampires? As if w... read more...


Sleep tight, don’t let the Westin bite

“They Came in the Night to Suck Your Blood!” No. It’s not the latest episode of “True Blood,” it’s just another headline about the latest plague, bedbugs. Bedbugs sound like... read more...


iLostIt

I’m starting to wonder how much of Apple’s business comes from gadgets that are lost, accidentally laundered to death or unwittingly tossed into the garbage. It’s been two wee... read more...


Diary of a mad flight attendant

I’ve had to deal with roaring drunks, tantrum-throwing children, marriage-ending screaming matches and gross-out, rent-a-room reconciliations, all at 30,000 feet. But as I was... read more...


Photos of a picture-perfect royal family

England’s royal family announced they have started a Flickr account, which means they can now share their baby pictures and vacation snapshots with their friends and family ar... read more...


Dressed for excess

Sue and I stopped at an interstate rest stop last week and – no surprise in the middle of the summer – it was packed with travelers. Very badly dressed travelers. Let’s think ... read more...


The flavors that we savor

My brother-in-law and I both said all the things you’re supposed to say when you’re about to eat a meal that someone has taken the time and trouble to prepare. We said that ev... read more...



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