You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It

Happy 2019 to all. 2018 was a rough one for me, so I feel kind of shell shocked as I face a new year. Sometimes all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and that’s what I will do for now. To cheer myself up, I’ll tell you about seeing […]

Stride Toward Freedom book cover

Stride Toward Freedom

After seeing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice speak a few months ago, I decided it was time to start reading MLK’s books. I have always loved his famous quotes, so I knew I would love any of his books. I started with Strive Toward Freedom, his account of the Montgomery bus boycott in […]

Tomahawks and Old Lace by Arch Merrill

Western New York History Lessons

I had never heard of Arch Merrill until I found his books at my dad’s house. Merrill worked at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper for years and also wrote numerous books about the history and folklore of Western New York. I read his book Tomahawks and Old Lace recently and really enjoyed it. His […]

New Worlds program

Bill Murray and Classical Music?

Yes, Bill Murray and classical music. I attended a unique concert that paired Bill Murray orating and singing American classics with three musicians performing classical and musical theater hits. I was intrigued and slightly skeptical going in and satisfied and elated going out. The crew is touring for an album they released called New Worlds. […]

Gloria and Dan

I saw two 20th-century icons speak recently: Gloria Steinem and Dan Rather. Gloria was a keynote speaker at the opening night of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. I hadn’t  attended the conference before, so the opening night was a good overview of the event. The exhibit hall was impressive: areas for career resources, nonprofits, female […]