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Shoes wisely, grasshopper

Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel. Usually, it goes away quickly,... read more...


Free! Not a scam!

Think about the last time you were in a giant chain bookstore, with its aisles of best-sellers, its huge children's section, its walls of mysteries and rooms of romances. It's... read more...


Scam U.

Junior and Missy's parents are driving them 12 hours away from their hometown to The University of Getting Out of My Parents' House. Sure, there are plenty of local community ... read more...


The state of the state fair

It used to be that if your body was tattooed from head to toe, you wore large hoop earrings and 50 necklaces, sported a beard and rode a unicycle, the only job you could get w... read more...


Let the grandparenting begin

We ran into the Westcotts after they'd spent a weekend with their son, daughter-in-law and 2-year-old grandson. They were still shaking. "They would let the kid play with the... read more...


The zip code of the west

We've been doing 75 miles an hour for the last two hours across the desert and the view hasn't changed a bit. The mountain outcrop up ahead is called El Capitan on the map, an... read more...


It's cryogenics time again

I recently saw a show on TV about cryogenics -- the science of freezing your brain after you die so that someday, when they find the cure for whatever killed you, they can ins... read more...


The $800 apple

Years ago I started planting fruit trees in the back yard. I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear. The next year, I planted five different kinds of... read more...


Live long and prosper

Almost every day, you hear about an accident victim being airlifted to a medical center which, many times, is able to save the person's life thanks to the speedy transport. Wh... read more...


Throwing a fit

Many states have banned, or soon will ban, texting and phoning while you drive because it's so distracting. However, it's a well-known fact that eating, fiddling with the radi... read more...


Spoiler alert! Stop reading now!

Don't read any further if you plan to go to a movie this summer. I'm going to give away the ending to all of them. Stop reading NOW if you don't want to know. Here it comes. S... read more...


One manís trash is another manís garbage

Have you ever thrown something out, like a Rembrandt etching or an old Tiffany lamp, only to find out later that it was worth tens of thousands of dollars? Neither have I. Yet... read more...


You've wrecked my life

I don't know what my parents were thinking, sticking me with a weird name like Jim. Why couldn't they have named me something cool, like Hal 2000 or Bandersnatch or Sasquatch ... read more...


Psst! Wanna know a secret?

"I can't believe the government is invading my privacy! We might as well be living in Russia!" said the guy in aisle 3 into his cellphone. I don't know if the NSA could hear h... read more...


Taste never takes a vacation

Why do so many people think that the arrival of summer means it's time to pack away all the clothes that actually fit them? That it's time to reveal their out-of-shape bodies ... read more...



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