First-time tanagers welcomed

Views and Review by Jean McCamy I am an avid birdwatcher; not the kind that wears hiking boots and binoculars around my neck, but the kind that sits at my kitchen table looking out the window at all the beautiful visitors to our feeders. I never tire of the regular parade of...

Summer’s more than heat

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Yep, it’s summer. Or maybe it’s SUMMER; capital letters sound hotter. I had almost managed to forget the last spell of weather we had when the thermometer hovered near the 100-degree mark, but it is certainly more than a memory now. The current...

Wanted: Anti-telemarketing device

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I just got three robo-calls in less than an hour, and they weren’t even the first ones of the day. That is both ridiculous and infuriating. I fail to understand why, if our government can have access to every whipstitch of our personal information...

It’s the worst of times, again

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Ithink that whenever we groan at yet another action, or inaction, of our elected officials, or yet another campaign soundbite, we feel as if we are caught in the worse political web ever. However, if you listen to the voices of the past, people...

Use past to move forward

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I have never understood the compulsion to name buildings for people. If somebody pays for the building and it makes him (or her) happy to have his (or her) name emblazoned across the front in big letters, I guess that’s OK. But why can’t a library...

Looking at two green dots

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel like Frankie. In one of the early episodes of Netflix’s new series, Grace and Frankie, Frankie, an artist, paints two green dots on a canvas — and stops and stares at them. During the episode, she returns several times and stares at them...

A horse is a horse unless of course his name is … Potoooooooo?

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy What’s in a name? Quite a lot, if you’re a racehorse. Naming a thoroughbred isn’t quite like going to the pound and rescuing a pet you can name anything you want to — from Aalborg to Zyzzyva. The 43-page American Stud Book of Rules and Regulations...

Disliking grammar police patrols

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy There are a lot of “grammar police” around. I saw a piece on TV’s CBS Sunday Morning about a computer engineer in California who has gone through Wikipedia and changed every “comprised of” to “composed of.” There were over 16,000 of them. I didn’t...

A weeklong friendship feast

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We have just finished another wonderful, whirlwind week of Friendship Force visitors. We hosted a lovely couple from Winnipeg, Canada, and while meeting new people is the best part of the Friendship Force exchanges, seeing new places is also a big...

In quandary over super-couponer

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Isaw another one of those pieces on TV about a super couponer who racked up over $70 worth of groceries for a total charge at the checkout of 2 cents. We apparently eat all the wrong things! I scour the Sunday paper inserts every week hoping for...

Spring colorful enough on its own

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Ah, spring, when winter finally gives up its cold, grey hold and lets in the glorious colors that warm our hearts. Pink and yellow and purple and white flowering trees and shrubs make a backdrop for the golden daffodils and jewel-toned tulips and...

‘Septic’ tax shock ends travel plans

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Shakespeare imbued the Ides of March, which falls on the 15th, with ominous overtones when Julius Caesar was warned about the date, and since our annual appointment with the IRS falls on April 15, I have always thought of it as the Ides of April....