Teaching assistant and neighbor Patty got a mention in this space years ago for helping a bright Canisteo-Greenwood junior prepare for college and an eventual career as a physician assistant. Patty on a Saturday took her charge to D’Youville College to explore college life and potential scholarships. Saturdays, you may recall, are theoretically days of leisure for all except the most dedicated educators. That select roster obviously include Neighbor Patty.

The latest news: Patty’s going to retire after this semester. In the opinion of this humble scribbler, she deserves the break. Best wishes, Neighbor.

Youthful Good Samaritan

Neighbor Dot tells of a young man, maybe 12 years old, who found a cell-phone in the Rotary Field, as the greensward is colloquially known in A-E‘s favorite village, and worked hard to return the device to the owners. In addition to his honesty, the youthful discoverer added impressive manners to his search, Dot said: “He was very, very mannerly during the entire episode, from when he called about the phone until he went out of his way to return it.” Dot admitted to being so grateful she only knows the youth plays for a baseball team with all white uniforms from cap to pants. A-E’s summary: The next time you hear about a youthful miscreant, think about Dot’s experience with someone who, because of his comportment, could become a leader in much of what he attempts.

Music from the good old days

To those who remember the music from the Good Old Days as something special and wish for a return to that style: Consider this 1954 intellectual achievement of the Crew Cuts.

Introduction: Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay.

Chorus: Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da, sh-boom!

Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da, sh-boom!

Now: Tell A-E again about music from the Good Old Days.

Productive procrastination

“Procrastination is the vice of every college student. The urge to spend hours watching YouTube videos of laughing babies, playing Tetris, or napping can be very strong when your other option is writing a twenty-page paper on whale communication…One thing to keep in mind about productive procrastination: however you slice it, it’s still procrastination. So even though you may be able to reorganize your closet, map out your five-year career plan, or write a short story in the time you took off from your assignment, be warned: that whale paper will still be waiting. Only now, you’ll have even less time to finish it.” From blogger Monique Hall, a Cornell senior in the Cornell Alumni News.

An easy regional diet

The proliferation of fad diets suggests another regimen that’s low-fat, salt-free and rich in fiber: the Appalachian Diet. The diet, a Greater Jasper favorite, uses easily-obtained regional delicacies such as road kill species mixed with pigweed, crabgrass and thistles. Calorie content is high, especially with fat layers just before winter hibernation. Regional weight watcher diet secret: take only tiny portions. For more information, search www.woodchuckdruel/GreaterJasperdiet.

An all-time favorite malapropisms

“Where do you go from here, Mike?” sportscaster Jeremy Schaap asked Mike Tyson after Lennox Lewis knocked Tyson out. “I don’t know, man,” said Tyson, face swollen and infant son in his arms. “I might just fade into Bolivian.” Jeremy, Cornell Class of ‘91, is the son of Dick Schaap, Cornell ‘55.

Parkinson’s follow-up

Thanks for positive comments about A-E’s article about how Michael J. Fox has indefatigably and successfully wrestled with Parkinson’s for 26 years. Here’s a brief note about another famous victim: A new video explains treatment advances for Parkinson’s during the past 60 years. Go to life.time.com where celebrated photographer Margaret Bourke-White discusses her experiences with the disease.

A-E scribbles this drivel from the northeast corner of his Canisteo hut.