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A terrorist by any other name ...

Twenty-three years ago, a violent anti-technology, anti-materialism, anti-government group that called itself MOVE embarked upon a campaign of terror that brought the city of ... read more...


Shave and a haircut ... two bits

On my way to brunch today, I walked past Joe’s Barbershop and, without thinking, gazed through the window. I had been going to unisex salons for so long that I had forgotten w... read more...


Character sketches

It is a common misconception that all fictional characters are based on an author’s friends, foes, or family. In fact, they are not. When I am writing fiction, I occasionally ... read more...


Not exactly Lassie

I got an interesting letter from my brother the other day. It started, “Everybody loves pet stories, and since very few sane people own ferrets ...” His good-hearted intentio... read more...


A wordsmith stands in awe of spring

I was lying in my bed this morning, more accustomed to the distant din of traffic than anything that would set my heart aflutter (I know. People don’t say “aflutter” in the re... read more...


You be the fire investigator

Yesterday, I almost burned down our house. I was in my office doing my morning workout to the exercise video from hell (One. Two. Three. Kick. One. Two. Three. Kick.) Let ... read more...


A tale of two friendships: Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Imagine that I have just snapped my fingers and demanded, “Quick. Without thinking first, name the greatest magician who ever lived; then tell me who was the world’s greatest ... read more...


The Museum of the Mind

Remember the house where you grew up? Not the awful one. The wonderful one. It could have been your own house or apartment. Your aunt’s, your best friend’s, or somewhere you s... read more...


Barack Obama discriminates. So do I.

YOU HAVE JUST ARRIVED AT THE BUS STATION IN A BIG CITY. Your cousin is supposed to meet you at the gate and take you to the airport. You enter the poorly lighted, cavernous bu... read more...


Take a letter, Miss Jones … and while you’re at it, save the world

I am not saying that I’ve always wanted to be a spy or that the Lord High Admiralty of Secret Keepers would accept me even if I tried. But I do admit to an admiration for espi... read more...


A slight case of misperception

We are invisible observers at a comfortable local restaurant. Two couples occupy tables at opposite ends of the room. They can see but they cannot hear each other. Both are ... read more...


Where are the Smith Brothers when we need them?

I have a proposal. It is motivated by the bewildering number of drugs introduced over the past few dozen years, and the stupid – OK, I won’t mince words – idiotic, unintelli... read more...


The cookie made me do it

A few days ago, I heard a talk show host discussing the recent deluge of single-family home foreclosures. He seemed to agree with everyone else that the mortgage crisis was ... read more...


Romance (sigh) at the movies

Well, didn’t I have a jolly old time with today’s Valentine’s Day column. I decided to ask my family and friends which were their favorite romantic movies (romantic being the... read more...


Fire safety will improve your sex life

Ha. Ha. Fooled you into reading this column. Fire safety won’t do a single thing to help you seduce your favorite cutie (although fireplaces are very seductive). But, over the... read more...



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