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Posted Dec 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

How does it end? Every living being conscious of his own mortality imagines what it will be like. Our minds, perhaps understandably, create from scant, dubious hopes, unrealistic, bordering on delusional, scenarios for the hour of our deaths: in our sleep, surrounded by the people and things we love, a painless, effortless denouement to our life on earth.Yeah, right. Don't count on it."How do you want to go?" someone may have asked me once or...

Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

After three decades of blindness, Larry Hester sat down, switched on his new left eye and started his first lesson in seeing as much with his mind as with what is left of his old eye. Duke University surgeons implanted a “bionic...

Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

“Can you send cigarettes to a hospital room or is that asking too much?” The woman at the flower shop was little confused. She affirmed no, they cannot send cigarettes to a hospital room. I tried to explain to her Neal Simon...

Updated Nov 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM

This year on Nov. 20 (Thursday), smokers across the nation will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.The American Cancer Society says that some people may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in...

Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The work week had similar bookends, and both were theatrical.The most significant difference between Tuesday's Hornellsville Town Board meeting and the Hornell Community Theatre's Friday night performance of "The Great American...

Updated Nov 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM

This opinion piece from the Washington Post transitions to the headline comment: "The (American) food system and the diet it’s created have caused incalculable damage to the health of our people and our land, water and air. If...

Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Old Hickory would know just how Burns Town Supervisor Lauren Oliver is feeling.Thursday night's Burns Town Board meeting on hydrofracking was tumultuous and, strangely, it has me thinking about our seventh President, Andy Jackson, also...

Updated Nov 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Halloween brought many children and their parents to the town hall for cider, coffee, donuts, and treats. It was bracingly cold and raw outside and as I drove down to the town hall not a soul was to be seen on the streets. Costumed children and...

Updated Nov 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s photo of Berlin from the International Space Station “still shows the East-West division,” 25 years after the Berlin Wall fell, British newspaper The Telegraph reports.The eastern...

Updated Nov 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Wednesday morning, the day after Election Day, I had an interesting conversation with the manager of a business.As I paid for my things, we engaged in our usual small talk, and of course, she wanted to hear the results of our election in...

Updated Nov 2, 2014 at 1:57 AM

I was siting on a park bench, far away from my home base in the Southern Tier, when I received an email from one of my big brothers.At that moment, honestly, The Tonawanda News was the furthest thing from my mind on this morning. That...

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