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September 19, 2013

News from here and news from there ...

Since we have been asked, we feel we need to follow up a bit on our discussion of the Common Core Curriculum that we discussed in last week’s column.

The sources we cited are but a few of many available online. A Google search for “Common Core State Standards” will result the official explanation of Common Core as well as articles both for and against the issue. And the items we quoted last week can be found by Googling the articles by their titles, “Classroom chaos? Critics blast new Common Core education standards,” “Do the math” and “Parents who home school ...”

We suspect our reading on the subject has only scratched the tip of the iceberg. But, since we really do not have a horse in the race, except for the expectation that we will pay for this new initiative, we are probably not the ones who need to keep on top of what is happening in our schools. But, we do think parents do need to make the effort to see how all of this might affect their children’s education.

We have been asked to note that Christ Church, Cooperstown, will hold its fall rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5. On Friday, rummage sale hours will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to the rummage sale there will also be a bake sale of homemade goodies on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a bag sale from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The rummage sale will be held in the Christ Church Parish House located at 69 Fair Street in Cooperstown. Proceeds from both the rummage sale and the bake sale will benefit the church’s Global Mission outreach.

Unfortunately, we feel we must report that the number one son, Christopher, reached his 39th birthday last week on Friday the 13. Christopher not only has been known to celebrate his birthday on Friday the 13, he was born on Friday the 13. And while that particular day was 39 years ago, it still seems to us as if it were yesterday. Not only do we not know where the time has gone, we are unable to explain exactly how or why he is now 10 years older than we are. Nonetheless, we are still working on keeping the myth alive that while he is 39 we are but 29 ... again.

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  • Bringing up a matter of poetic license Since we seem to spend time each week both reading and writing, we have always found the English language interesting to say the least. It seems that it always follows the rules until it doesn't follow the rules. Thus we found Jim Atwell's column "From word to phrase to sentence," which appeared in last week's paper, to be most delightful. But more importantly, it gives us something about which to write this week.

    July 31, 2014

  • Visitings with the Widge, Mare Bear This past week we found ourselves enjoying a delightful visit from the Ohio Ellsworths. And while our daughter-in-law Annie had to attend a conference at Hamilton College during part of the visit here, we greatly enjoyed our time with them. We were, of course, quite surprised to realize how much the granddaughters, The Widge and Mare Bear, had grown since we last saw them at Christmas. Obviously, their parents had not put bricks on their heads to retard their growth.

    July 24, 2014

  • Thoughts on traffic and roads We recently enjoyed a brief visit from Jon Battle, one of our late husband's college buddies, who always enjoys visiting Cooperstown and passing howdy on the front porch. And while the front porch is not as welcoming as it used to be since there are no chairs on it, we were able to pass howdy from the comfort of our family room. And during the many subjects that we covered in our conversation, the topic of potholes came up.

    July 17, 2014

  • Potholes and oversights bring bumps We have received a number of comments regarding our discussion on potholes in last week’s column. And most of them were in agreement that the potholes are indeed a problem.

    July 10, 2014

  • Potholes need place on village agenda We have long thought that the concepts of perspective and priorities have the ability to present problems for people. As we are inclined to say, getting one's ducks all in a row is often difficult. And as we have learned about issues currently under consideration by the Village of Coopertown it does make us wonder about their ducks.

    July 3, 2014

  • Summer unofficially begins with ice cream Although summer officially arrived this past weekend, we have long thought that the kick off event for the summer season in Cooperstown is the annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street.

    June 26, 2014

  • Splitting logs gives splitting headache We are happy to report that Woodside Hall is continuing with its presentation of programs which are open to the public. This evening at 6:30 p.m., they are hosting Glimmerglass Festival designers Troy Hourie and Erik Teague who will discuss their role in the company's summer production of Strauss' opera, "Ariadne in Naxos: Unplugged."

    June 19, 2014

  • Summer right for driving in the streets We have realized, having consulted our trusty calendar, that next Sunday is Father's Day. And thus this past weekend we were online looking for an appropriate printable Father's Day greeting card which we might send to the wee-we. Since we have been somewhat housebound this year, we have discovered the convenience of printable holiday cards. We used them rather successfully, we thought, when we sent them to the granddaughters for both Valentine's Day and Easter.

    June 12, 2014

  • June musings XXXXXXXX Difficult as it is to believe, it seems we have made it to June which always seems to be a fairly busy month. And this year is no different. In fact when we turned to our calendar to June we were stunned. We always hope to find we are entering a month in which we have little, if anything, planned. But when we turned to June, we quickly realized we were faced immediately with three meeting as well as four follow-up appointments with four different doctors at Bassett. And much as we would have liked to simply move right on to July, we decided that was really not an option. So we are plowing ahead with June.

    June 5, 2014

  • Presidential reading replaces viewing ince we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president's recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." What better way, we thought, to mark the current president's visit by reading about a former president's life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.

    May 29, 2014