Category Archives: To Be Human

My First-Ever Public Speaking Engagement

I am no longer Roman Catholic, non-RC Catholic, or any other Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, or otherwise faith, but after moving from New Hampshire into upstate New York in the mid-to-late-sixties, I was enrolled into St. Bernard’s Catholic School. I was … Continue reading

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The House on Whaleshead Rock—A Play

When I was in grade school, at Petrova Middle, in Saranac Lake, New York, I’d acted in a play. It was my first and only acting gig. It’s a story about a small group of girls from a Girls’ Finishing … Continue reading

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A Pane in the…Hand

Our Lake Clear house was built in the late 1880s, by the family of a neighbor of ours, Marie Mussen. She’d sold us the house. Initially, and this was in the mid-sixties, she lived in one end of the house, … Continue reading

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In Honor of Joe Spinelli — May He Rest In Peace

I only knew him as “Joe.” “Hey, Joe! How ya doin’?” “Hey, Frank, how you doin’?” He would flash that bright smile of his, and his voice was unique, sharp, and distinctive. I can still hear him right this moment. … Continue reading

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Them’s Grillin’ Words

We use our several-year-old Weber grill a lot. I don’t care about the weather outside and have grilled in the rain and the snow. Yeah, takes longer, but it’s worth it. The other day I’d grilled up some lime-marinated chicken. … Continue reading

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A Guy, A Boat, and a Lot of Water

One day, my dad and I were looking out of our kitchen’s picture window in the Lake Clear house. I was a young teenager or thereabout. My dad (as I’ve mentioned) was a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation … Continue reading

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A 1960’s St. Bernard’s Children’s Choir Mystery

I’m about to solve a something-like-50-year-old mystery. It has weighed heavily upon this soul of mine! Okay, not so much…but I have thought about it a lot over the years. Well, a couple of times, anyway. I can’t believe I’m … Continue reading

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