11/22/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

I almost forgot about writing my column this week because I have been so busy in New Jersey carrying out grandfatherly duties. I went there last Tuesday to watch 3-year-old Andrew and 7-year-old Avalene. Their father had to work and their mom had to be on the West Coast. So I took over the daily care including transportation to school, feeding, dressing and entertaining. (more…)

09/07/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  |  Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.”

This first stanza of the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” by 17th-century British poet Robert Herrick that comes to mind each year as I watch another summer end. (more…)

07/30/17 3:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | In New Jersey, signs warn drivers when senior citizens are out and about.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | In New Jersey, signs warn drivers when senior citizens are out and about.

I just returned from a week of baby-sitting two grandchildren in New Jersey. It will take me some time to recover. And that’s to recover from the long and exhausting trip and all the energy it takes to keep a 2-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl  occupied and happy.

You must remember that this was last week when the temperatures were above 90 each day. But I was determined to get them out in the fresh air and not glued to a TV in the air-conditioned comfort of their home. So I planned some events. (more…)