The Giving Trees The Giving Trees
If It Weren’t for Bad Luck… The Big Score: Hunters Frank Nero (left) and Raymond Singley turned their luck around.
Oh, Tannenbaum! Oh, Tannenbaum!
Dinner at the Kennedy White House Poulet Chasseur with Couronne de Riz Clamart (an elegant French version of chicken and rice), which Jackie Kennedy served during her White House years.

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The Giving Trees
People

The Giving Trees

They are simply visually unforgettable. As you drive the main road into the little village of Woolrich, they stand as tall, silent sentinels, all the way to the center of town. At over eighty feet tall, these Norway spruce trees tower over all the houses, and even the company factory that gave the town its name. According to David Becker, […]

The Big Score: Hunters Frank Nero (left) and Raymond Singley turned their luck around.
Outdoors

If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…

My dad once told me about the time he and his buddies were conducting a deer drive. Dad was one of the drivers, and the first person he came to on the watch line sat there with a jackknife scraping the weathered finish off the stock of his lever-action Winchester. Imagine that! Yeah, it’s funny, but that man’s refinishing priorities […]

Oh, Tannenbaum!
Outdoors / People

Oh, Tannenbaum!

“I know exactly where the Christmas tree will go.” It is an odd sentence to choke out in a whispered sob. But that is exactly how I said it, four years ago, upon walking into the living room of the next house for sale we were investigating. A change in jobs required a move to the region overlapping northern Pennsylvania […]

Poulet Chasseur with Couronne de Riz Clamart (an elegant French version of chicken and rice), which Jackie Kennedy served during her White House years.
Food & Drink

Dinner at the Kennedy White House

I was browsing through some almost elderly cookbooks the other day and came across a recipe and—“bing”—I knew that I’d be making it for a holiday dinner. Not only will it be a perfect side dish for roast beef but I could see it with roast pork or veal or seafood and what about chicken? It’s practically perfect. The recipe […]

Visions of Sugarplums
Heart of the Mountain

Visions of Sugarplums

Christmas can be a magical time for kids and their parents—a time when possibilities and dreams come together. It was always a big deal in my family, and with all of my relatives. We relished family time together—playing with the cousins and eating all of those magnificent dishes that appeared at the table—some just on December twenty-fifth. But plans don’t […]

Flour Power
Mother Earth

Flour Power

Wheat gets a bad rap these days, doesn’t it? Despite (some say due to) 10,000 years of cultivation, the venerable grain has found itself on one of those lists of things to be eschewed. From those who have full-blown celiac disease, which is an autoimmune form of wheat gluten intolerance, to eaters with wheat allergies and gluten sensitivity, wheat is […]

The Twelve Wines of Christmas
Food & Drink

The Twelve Wines of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Riesling for the roasted turkey. And it was from the Finger Lakes, which made me incredibly happy. After all, Wine Enthusiast magazine just named New York State the Wine Region of the Year! And Riesling is rockin’ it. There is no better wine for the big feast. […]

Media star: Award-winning show dog Perma Stone Shorty holding the magazine that burnished his reputation.
People

The Legend of Perma Stone Shorty

Once bitten by the beagle bug, there’s little hope. Bite victims always contract that incurable disease, beaglemania. Those infected are obsessed with silky soft beagle ears. They might point out a beagle while motoring down an interstate highway. They unconsciously pet beagles that are out for a walk. And, nearly the last straw, they will pick up a beagle puppy […]

Ugh! A Bug!
Outdoors

Ugh! A Bug!

No question about it…they are fascinating insects. But these creeping, crawling critters known as dermestid beetles are happiest in conditions that we would label utterly, disgustingly putrid. There are hundreds of species of these bugs worldwide ranging in size from one to twelve millimeters. A few common names are hide, larder, carrion, leather, and carpet beetles. Most are scavengers of […]

A rack of racks rests in peace, awaiting the next processing stage at Swarthout’s Skullworks.
Outdoors

Dem Dry Bones

Roaring Branch is a tiny village along Route 14, established in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at a point where Mill Creek and Lycoming Creek unite. The name supposedly originated from the roaring waters of Mill Creek descending through a rocky gorge on its way to meet the Lycoming. Recent demographics list a population of about 1,100 people who use the Roaring […]