Press-Republican

Columns

December 4, 2011

Continue traditions, both Christmas and cursive

The Christmas tree is up, and during the recent warm spell I put colored lights around the front porch as well as an adjacent evergreen tree. That's a milestone for me. I usually wait till it's far below freezing, probably because I just like to hear my wife, Kaye, saying, "Why didn't you do that while it was 50 degrees out there?" My late mother had a word that best described her prodigal youngest son who was a consistent procrastinator: "putoffsky." My philosophy was to never do today what you can delay till tomorrow.

Our tree is far smaller than those of past years. We decided we didn't want to chance climbing on ladders to put the angel in place. No, we're not as pleased, but we have no children at home these days, so our decorations can be a bit more modest.

I need to follow up on my last column. Not since my piece on button boxes years ago have I received such vociferous reaction. What I called the gradual demise of cursive writing brought readers out of the woodwork. The comments flowed in from every quarter, and the opinions were most interesting.

The consensus seems to be that the process is inevitable. I learned that very few people anywhere use cursive for writing anything anymore — even their grocery lists. I guess Kaye and I are oddballs in that respect. I make notes every day in cursive. All my sticky notes are in cursive. All the handwritten reminders in my desk calendar and appointment book are cursive.

Kaye also writes on the calendar in her neat cursive style, and when either of us sends greeting cards, the messages are always cursive. We haven't started our Christmas cards yet, but with our huge family there are plenty of greetings sent throughout the year. All are cursive.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • ouellette.jpg Web doctor always gets it right

    I have access to the collected medical knowledge of all recorded history at my fingertips, columnist Steve Ouellette writes.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Airport projects can benefit local economy

    Using a local workforce keeps wages and spending in the community if it can be done in a cost-effective manner, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gast_Richard.jpg Producers can recycle tubing

    Project allows maple-syrup makers to conveniently dispose of their used tubing in an environmentally friendly way, according to columnist Richard Gast.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Easter with doubters and the 'nones'

    Should more pastors ask this blunt question: "Do you really believe Jesus was raised from the dead?" wonders religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Canadiens are Canada's team

    The National Hockey League playoffs are underway, and for Canadiens fans, many of whom likely reside in the Montreal "suburb" of Plattsburgh, it is a time of hope and joy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • little_mug.jpg There's no saw like an old saw Kaye and I laughed ourselves silly the other day as we tried to top each other with our own sayings from childhood, columnist Gordie Little writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denenberg_Stu1.jpg Privacy concerns make a comeback

    There's a growing concern amongst the millennials, columnist Stu Denenberg writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • paul_grasso.jpg Several options exist for downtown

    Pedestrian mall just one idea that could be good for city's economic future, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Government can't create success on its own

    It takes a grass-roots community effort of people working together to assure future accomplishment, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Farmers strive for sustainability

    Conserving the land and assuring long-term profitability are two of the key goals for farmers these days, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns
Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice

Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk

Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time