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Commentary

Dispelling the negative beliefs for individuals

Over the years as a clinician, I have heard many irrational beliefs of clients that keep them sick and in addiction. Ellis in his writings, compiled a list of 13 Irrational Beliefs (IBs). It is ironic that his list and the list in chemical dependency treatment are similar. To those of you who ...

Roundabouts have history of safety

One of the places I lived before settling in the village of Westfield was New England. I lived in Cambridge, Mass., which then had the distinction of being the most densely populated area around. Drivers there, like everywhere else in New England, drove lots of traffic circles, commonly ...

Infrastructure projects must include people

Infrastructure, what is it? Why do we invest in it? Infrastructure is the background of any society. It’s the roads and bridges but also record keeping and social supports. We need someone to keep records of birth certificates, deeds and drivers licenses in order to have a functioning ...

A fun plant

Since I just wrapped up my Musings on the Oriole, let me linger in the oranges with a lovely eye-catching plant. Seems we’ve been hanging on for too long to plants that may (I must stress the “may” part for I ...

Overrun with rascally rabbits

This spring, a baby bunny hopped across our driveway as I drove in and I thought, aww, isn’t he adorable? Fuggedaboudit. July is now winding down and that furry beast with the sharp teeth and the full belly is no longer cute. He is much bigger now, all because he has been partaking of my ...

Founding principles must endure

CHAUTAUQUA — Those at Chautauqua Institution during both ends of the Independence Day weekend experienced the gamut of summer weather. On Friday, the skies opened up, and it poured. On Monday, it was sunny and sweltering. Either way, the view from the porch at the historic Athenaeum ...