Month: February 2019

Lifestyle

Amber of the Moment

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment.  There is no why.” – Kurt Vonnegut Que será, será Whatever will be, will be The future’s not ours to see Que será, será What will be, will be – Que Será, Será, Jay Livingston/Ray Evans I was at a meeting this morning talking to…

Travel

Tums Sandwiches

I’m staying at a Homewood Suites in Upstate New York.  Generally I like these hotels more than some others because the rooms are larger, they serve free breakfast and free dinner with beer and wine, all at a reasonable price.  But nothing is really free, is it?  While I’ve stayed in a few Homewood Suites…

Travel

Lake Effect

When you’ve been away from your home since Friday morning last week, Wednesday night seems like a long-ass week.  And I’ve got two more days to go.  My self-imposed ban on Facebook was shelved for the weekend, but I’ve seen what people are posting and I’ve reinstated the ban.  I almost slipped into miserable post…

History/Travel

On Hemlocks and Time Travel

There are few places I’d rather be than deep in a quiet coniferous forest.  Hemlocks are my personal favorites, but balsams bring their own pleasures.  While you can find both in any old neighborhood, there’s nothing like a stand of native trees out in the forest. I found myself kneeling down under a stand of…

History/Travel

She-Qua-Ga Falls

In the town of Montour Falls, New York there is a stunning waterfall that looks like it’s flowing right into the homes that sit at the base.  When you drive down West Main Street, as I did, its a shock to look up and see this magnificent waterfall cascading down onto the town.  It was…

Lifestyle | Travel

Lick Brook Falls

This morning I woke up and thought I’d tackle one more waterfall before I shut down this grand tour of Ithaca area waterfalls.  I drove 7 minutes up the road to Lick Brook Falls at Buttermilk Falls State Park.  This is a lovely and quiet spot, especially on a Sunday morning with icy, muddy trails…

Lifestyle | Travel

Four Waterfalls in One Afternoon

I found myself with an afternoon to myself today while in Ithaca, New York.  Ithaca is a great college town with plenty of restaurants to choose from and enough shopping to occupy those who are inclined to spend their lives in retail environments.  I’m not one of those people. I decided to make the waterfall…

History/Travel

Margaritas and Marketing

Margaritas and Marketing Today is National Margarita Day.  If I didn’t know that on my own, I’d surely have figured it out by the sheer number of social media updates, banners on restaurants and radio banter.  I don’t generally drink margaritas.  They’re up on the list with orange juice on the acidic no no scale. …

History/Travel

Ulster Scots & Potatoes

Ulster Scots & Potatoes The Ulster Scots settled in New England in 1718.  They weren’t coming here to make their fortune, they were coming for survival.  The Ulster Scots were caught between the British and the Irish when forced to out of their homelands in the early 1600’s to the ancestral homelands of the Irish…

History/Travel

Snow Plows

Snow Plows People who live in tropical environments rarely if ever experience the sound of the plow.  Living in New England, I hear it more often than I’d like to.  Sometimes I hear it and think back fondly to snow days in school.  Sometimes I hear it and think I’ve got a rough commute ahead…