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Thursday was going to be my glory day where I could catch up with myself, but the day turned into a series of fires to be put out.

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Last January, a fat quarter fabric bundle was being advertised for sale from a place in Texas. It was a pre-order that wouldn’t be available until May (sigh).

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We are in a time of upheaval. Workers are at the razor’s edge, and they have had enough. The pandemic has exposed the frayed workplaces that have existed for many years where employers would rather cut their workers short by paying the minimum without any regard for their lives or well being…

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After an initial inquiry into Critical Race Theory (CRT), I confess that I do not understand it and find no reason to pursue it further.  As a student of theology, I am familiar with fruitless arguments such as the famous effort to determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.  I…

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Robert Rolfe is a Financial Advisor at Harmony Financial Services (HFS). Securities and Advisory Services offered through SagePoint Financial (SPF). SPF and HFS are separately owned. www.harmonyfinancialservices.com.

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My husband makes great popcorn. Sometimes I really want it when he’s not here and have attempted it myself. The first time I tried it I used too much oil and you could taste it. It left a weird coating in my mouth, too.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the trash can — not. Since it’s just the two of us here we don’t make a lot of garbage, so on Thursdays I take my lowly bag or two to my daughter’s house because we share a dump sticker. And, I get to visit with her for a little bit. However, she had gues…

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With all the attention given to inflation, stock prices, and job reports, it’s been easy to overlook the remarkable move in the bond market during the past few months.

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My best friend from high school posted a picture of us recently on Facebook. We were 14 or 15 at the time and sitting in the photo booth in Greene’s department store. 

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Two things can be true at the same time, despite how contradictory they may appear from the outset.

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My best friend from high school posted a picture of us recently on Facebook. We were 14 or 15 at the time and sitting in the photo booth in Greene’s department store.

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 Tenants and landlords throughout New York state have been among some of the most negatively impacted due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to provide financial relief has been obvious for quite some time, which is why our Conference has continued to call for the allocation o…

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As we come to the end of July, it is worth reflecting on the major holiday of this month.  The Fourth of July anniversary of the issuing of the Declaration of Independence is surely something we should celebrate each year as citizens of The United States of America.  We should remember that …

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Oswego 10-and-under All-Stars manager Brian Chetney captured what Little League is all about. His team was down 16-8 heading into the final inning. He huddled his team together before their last at-bats and simply asked: “Are you having fun?”

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A week ago Tuesday was a warm one and I was looking forward to running that new air conditioner at bedtime because at some point I needed to be put on ice. About 8:30 I decided to run the window fan for a while first, and left it running as I went down to watch a movie with the hubby.

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I’ve heard it said that men choose women who remind them of their mother. In fact my father used to sing a song that went “I met a girl, just like the girl that married dear old Dad.”

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Henry is now 4 and he is quite a character. He is taller, and thinner — a very picky eater who somehow is still able to be constantly on the go. He prefers to be outdoors, prefers to be running, and prefers that I also engage in his fun.

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Editor’s note: The author offers this short story in place of her regular column this week.

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I don’t know what this world is coming to.

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I have good news: I haven’t seen hide nor hair of a beetle all week. I don’t know if it’s the nice weather or if I really fixed it but I’m doing my happy dance.

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My latest saga begins with me stomping down to the office where my husband sat doing his cyphering. Okay maybe I didn’t stomp, perhaps it was more of a clomp. Fine – I walked down the stairs and into the office but in my head I was stomping.

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There’s this woman in the neighborhood that I check in on from time to time and a few months ago she told me she wanted to get the COVID vaccine. I explained that she needed to sign up on line. This didn’t sit well because she is nearing 90 and as yet does not own a computer. She couldn’t ev…

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Editor's note: Mike McCrobie's 'My Oswego' column is a print-only feature of The Palladium-Times, appearing every other week. This column below, appearing in the Wednesday, June 2 edition, has been unlocked for online audiences for a limited time — please enjoy. For more of Mike McCrobie and…

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You know spring is finally here when you find yourself throwing your extra blanket off in the middle of the night. You decide you will start opening your window and let in all that fresh air as you sleep because (yay) the weather is really turning. And you fall asleep with a smile on your face. 

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As my memory for what I wore yesterday fades, or what I said last week diminishes, I noticed that somehow sixth grade comes in clear as glass. I’m able to remember bits and pieces of other years but there must have been something mystical about having turned 11.

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 My Mother’s Day memories consist of little people handing me homemade cards with my likeness paired with cakes, cats and other personal loves. What I adored most were those little hands, having been led by their innocent hearts to create a gift for me. 

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“Hello, my name is Debbie and I am pro Harry and Meghan.”

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That is the chant everyone knows: Thank God it’s Friday. I was looking forward to my Friday, had a plan or two of my own. Then the hubby scheduled an appointment to have my snow tires taken off and brand new tires put back on. He spoils me terribly. 

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I went to in-person church this week for the first time in a long while. To be honest, I was liking the service being on-line because that meant I didn’t have to leave the house. Nor did I need to get dressed up, or suffer the mask. I could watch while soaking my feet or listen while I baked…

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The needs of every single New Yorker must be accounted for as we continue to transition out of lockdown and into more regular activities. The disability community, which was hit particularly hard by both the physical and emotional impacts of COVID-19, must get the care and attention they des…

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One day I was giving someone a ride home, came upon a blinking red light and stopped. Across from me was another car that had been there before me, though I don’t know if it had been 15 seconds or five minutes. Either way, the car was signaling to turn left. Though the law was on my side, I …

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Have you ever had an itch that needs scratching and you don’t think much of it until you find yourself jamming your back into a doorway, desperate for relief? Well, that was me last month. I finally had that aha moment when I realized this was happening far too frequently.

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My grandson Sam is 15 now and I have no idea how that happened. He used to have the blondest curls, but now sports a mop of thick, tawny brown hair that I think I would love to have. He’s a good kid who leans toward the artistic side – though he has stopped drawing lately because it’s not co…

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Editor’s note: After nearly 100 columns, contributor and former Oswego Mayor John T. Sullivan Jr. has filed his last copy. The staff and management of The Palladium-Times thank him for his writing, civic dedication and commitment to his hometown and this publication. We wish him all the best.

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I was out shopping the other day and happened upon a toddler sitting in a shopping cart, obediently wearing her little pink mask, and a thought ran through my head. What must these little people think of this world they are living in right now?

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The process of developing the annual State Budget officially begins when the governor presents his spending proposal in late January. But the terms of negotiations become clearer once legislative majority conferences offer their financial plans, which Assembly Democrats unveiled last week. “…

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New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and a host of colleagues have introduced legislation that shifts the responsibility and costs of recycling from municipalities to the producers of packaging and paper products.  The legislation is called the Extended Producer Responsibility Act, and in ot…

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In my dire attempts to get a vaccine appointment, I checked the sites every day looking for an opening. I got on a wait list at Wayne’s who said they would text my phone when appointments were available and I told them they might better call me instead, but texting was the only option. From …

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By now, we’re all sick of the terms overused to describe the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects: These are unprecedented times! We all must pivot, facing so much uncertainty, but always with an abundance of caution. Be safe out there! Wash your hands (that one can stay).

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I got to spend the day with Henry last Wednesday. Apparently little boys with wild imaginations don’t mesh well with a mommy who is studying chemistry right now — and she asked for peace and quiet. The child is bored. With Celia in school now, Henry has no one to talk to or play with. His mo…

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That phrase is indelibly imprinted in my memory bank, as if placed there by a branding iron.  It evokes a sweet memory of childhood, when we were practicing for a fifth-grade play. It was the description of the sound effect of thunder, induced by our holding and flapping all four corners of …