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Today's Opinions

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    I hope you are one moved in a positive way to the beauty and splendor of autumn and able to observe the spectacular changes of color at this wonderful time of year.
    Most Floridians, outside of Gadsden County would probably have to drive fairly long distances to view the fall foliage.
    My wife and I missed viewing the fall colors while we lived in Florida.
    Before I left New England, I was always awed by the beauty of autumn and the graceful falling of the leaves of red, brown, green and yellow.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Many South Carolinians living in Aiken County have lost their homes or can’t gain access to them because of high flood water.
    Judy and I have once again been spared from the wrath of nature, or could it be the wrath of God?
    Too often lately I’m convinced that our God, for reasons too deep to fathom, has spared us from peril or loss of our home and property.
    I’m certain one day soon none of us will be spared from the wrath of God and mankind will no longer exist on this wonderful planet we call Earth.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    When is the last time you’ve been read to?
    Was it a pleasant, soothing experience?
    Some of us are fortunate enough to remember our mothers or dads reading to us, especially at that greatest time of all, just before going off to sleep.
    At our house we had a set of books called the Junior Classics.
    Each of my brothers and sister had a favorite story my mother would read.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    I bet she would be a little upset with herself if she knew that ever since she made the comment, way back in May: “Those glasses are awful; they don’t do a thing for you,” that I’ve been going crazy switching them back and forth with another pair she found acceptable.
    I don’t even see well with the pair she favors.
    Oh well ...
    Yes, faithful readers, I do remember I recently wrote about eye glasses.
    Claire Roxann Willis Collier is my only sister, and she’s
    precious.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Is pizza your favorite food as it is with so many Americans?
    It’s been mine ever since Butch Santy’s mother served me some of her own, homemade style, back in the early ‘50s.
    Of course, Mrs. Santy was Italian, and she probably grew up making pizza as so many Italian women did in those days.
    It’s a good thing my father was as crazy about pizza as his kids were or we’d have suffered big time.
    In my section of central Connecticut there were pizza o,r Italian restaurants on just about every street corner it seemed.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “Ray, one day you’ll be ready for sitting atop a stool and singing and playing at Chuck’s Steak House on a Friday night,” remarked my first guitar teacher, George
    Raccio.
    I’ve never known how to take that statement of George’s, especially after having been his student for a couple of years.
    On one hand, it could have been encouraging. Chuck’s was one of a chain of Connecticut steak houses very popular at the time.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Here in Aiken, S.C., I can tell the season is about to change, and that fall is in the air.
    The leaves are beginning to exhibit those majestic reddish colors, and some are even dropping to the ground.
    My wife has been reminding me often that she can detect the change of the season.
    For her that has been quite easy lately as she hasn’t been getting around much and seems to be more tuned in to subtle changes around her.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Gloria Dowaliby should haven been in show business. Instead, she chose the teaching profession. She was glamorous, witty and just seemed to have all those characteristics of a Broadway star. Fortunately for Gloria’s students, she became a teacher.
    Gloria started her teaching career around 1953 at Lincoln-
    Lewis Junior High in Southington, Conn.
    I was privileged to have had Miss Dowaliby as my seventh-grade English, history and homeroom teacher.