COLUMN: The Musings of A Simple Country Man

The Musings of A Simple Country Man Hobie Morris

Where are They? An Unsolved Memorial Day Mystery

By Hobie Morris

Three hundred and nine U.S. Navy sailors vanished. These young men would never grow old; would never be honored in future Memorial Day celebrations. Most of them were too young to have wives or […]

GUEST COLUMN: On farms, every day is earth day

By Clark Putman, State Executive Director, New York Farm Service Agency; and Blake Glover, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers here in New York for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

He was a man amongst men: A true local February Civil War story

Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

For many years the handwritten letter is a treasured family keepsake. Then sadly it burned in a family farm house fire. The recipient of this letter is a Civil War soldier named Maurice Vaughan from this […]

UPDATE: My trooper has been identified

COLUMN: The Human Condition

012519 08:53 a.m.: After some sleuthing the past couple of days, Captain Michael Teneyck of Troop T out of Syracuse tracked down the the guy who stopped to help me earlier this week.

Thanks go to Trooper Dylan Goodrich and a friend who saw the post on Facebook and […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Walls

It was not long after we arrived that we heard that the spot with the action was along Unter den Linden. So, of course, as soon as we got a bit of time off, we hounded the “old hands” who’d been there before us to guide us to that storied venue.

Several of […]

GUEST COLUMN: A Lucky Viet Nam Moment

By Harry Hood

In Viet Nam I was in a battalion recognizance platoon. I had no rank. I was not even a squad leader, as I remember. Thus, I really had very little or no knowledge of where and what the platoon was doing, where were we going, what area were we to work […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Reaching for the Stars at Christmas

By Hobie Morris

Earth: a beautiful blue orb flying through the universe. I often wonder what we must look like to other beings watching from deep space…what does the light emitting from earth show today? When people see our past will we be proud of […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Have a cookie and behave yourself, Donald

For several days, the house was filled with astronomically delightful odors.

Peeled, cored and chopped spies, sugar, cinnamon and cloves simmering in the crock-pot overnight produced 27 pints of apple butter, most of which goes as gifts throughout the year.

For a […]

COLUMN: Musings of aSimple Country Man

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Mysterious Christmas Dream

The story that follows came in an early December dream. You must decide its meaning. Is the dream’s timing coincidental or a special message with purpose? This is what I remember.

Hobie Morris

The landscape is barren and brown. Nature’s inevitable cycle of […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Why in Hades?

So the madness in Pittsburg has struck like a rattlesnake, leaving me and so many others chilled to the bone. Steel City is tough, but this? What the pluperfect hell? How do certain people rationalize such behavior? If it’s not Jews, it’s black folk, Muslims, Native Americans – […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

A Profile in Political Red Rose Courage

By Hobie Morris

If Lincoln were alive today he would be turning over in his grave. – President Gerald Ford

When a political movement goes off the beam and wanders too close to the edge of demagoguery and fear and fear mongering becomes too […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Putin, no: Petrov and Arkhipov, YES

Unless an unexpected miracle happens, the chances for a life like statue of beady eyed Vladimir Putin watching over Main Street, Brookfield is about as remote as this simple country man becoming the second trillionaire in world […]