Chuck’s Hopeful Attempt Never Ceased, Ever.

I have to take this moment right now and admit that I failed. I thought I kicked an addition, I thought that I had enough strength and fortitude and will power to keep from getting sucked into this painful, brutal, soul-sucking addiction. But even with all that, I came out of it as a better…

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Nicole’s garden and the wild birds

My girlfriend Nicole has actually turned me on to gardening and horticulture.  I’ve purchased some plants from Hewitt’s Garden Center, I’ve mulched here and there, and I even helped Nicole transplant some flowers and bushes from one location to another. Not bad for a guy whose previous gardening experience was that I pulled everything out…

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The three waterwishes

Last December, on our way back from a beautiful holiday vacation in New York City, my girlfriend Nicole suggested that we drive through Exit 16 on the Thruway, so she could show me where she once lived.  I agreed, and off we went through the scenic Hudson Valley. As we drove along the winding roads,…

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The Blackbird … one year later

It became my third car last year, surpassing the 1991 Pontiac 6000 that I commandeered from my nearly-blind Grandma Betty, and the 2005 Saturn Ion that I bought in an emergency when that Pontiac finally died. It became the first car that was purchased through study and test drives and financing and opinions and consultation.…

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My Equinox 2013 Thanksgiving Drive Day

Am I prepared? You bet I’m prepared.  Not just physically, but emotionally. And I may have saved a life in the process. Wednesday evening, I made sure that the Blackbird not only had a full tank of gasoline, but that it also had my favorite holiday Yankee Candle “car jar” air freshener – Balsam and…

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Low Tide, Windowsill Pies, and the 2013 New York State Fair Photography Competition

The New York State Fair’s photography competition has always baffled me in terms of what the judges appreciate and what they don’t.  I’ve won ribbons with pictures that were last-minute submissions, like Lodge’s in Polaroid PolaBlue and Coca-Cola Relieves Fatigue.  And I’ve had pictures that I thought were sure locks, get rejected outright (e.g., Midnight…

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What do you do with a codfish box?

It’s not very big, maybe about three inches deep and six inches wide. There’s a brand stamped into its sides.  “Absolutely Boneless // Windsor // Georges Codfish.”  At one time, codfish fillets were sold in little wooden boxes.  The boxes were either thrown away or used for storing small items like nails or pennies. The…

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The BlackBerry Q10: My first day with it…

Got a new toy to work with and play with.  It arrived on Friday, a few days before it was scheduled to make its debut nationally. Yes, I finally got it.  My BlackBerry Q10 cell phone.  In white.  Be nice and I’ll put you in my contact list.  HA! Of course, getting the phone is…

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