Home Town Tales

Idle chat from the square

December 15th, 2014

NAUGHTY METER

We were out of school for Thanksgiving, and before I could have leftover turkey dressing, Mom said I had to write Santa. Why write this early? I told her Santa was magical. He had gazillion elves, and didn’t need much time. She said, “If you get your wishes to Santa early, you have a better […]


December 1st, 2014

No Charlie Brown Tree for Me

There wasn’t even a small pitiful Charley Brown Christmas tree in sight, yet on a ninety-five degree August afternoon, I sped across Lake Clinton in a ski boat with Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree how lovely are thy branches meandering through my mind. My wake touched the shore spraying water on oak, maple, elm, […]


November 18th, 2014

Holiday Season

Holiday decorations are in the stores, and Thanksgiving is not until next week. This makes me anxious. I fear if I wait until after Thanksgiving my carefully thought out presents will never be unwrapped, because I won’t have time to buy them. It was much simpler when holiday shopping began after Thanksgiving. Holiday Season I […]