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MARTHA SEZ: Tom Sawyer and having a green thumb

June 11, 2012 "Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: The Faiths of Presidents

June 11, 2012 There’s a new book out titled “The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama,” which is dedicated to the late James C. more »»

ON THE SCENE: Making time for poetry

June 11, 2012 On Saturday Kurtis Callen and Marc Brown, along with their teacher and family, drove three hours from Gloversville to have the opportunity to read their prize winning poems and receive their copy of... more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Hitch-hikers aren’t always who they seem to be

June 11, 2012 I knew something was up yesterday — that was Monday, May 14, around noon. more »»

COMMENTARY: Dennis Ryan - Good-bye to ‘One of the Good Guys’

May 24, 2012 Bad news can momentarily stun a person and keep them still and quiet for several minutes — partly due to shock and partly due to one not knowing exactly how to react. more »»

OFF THE SCENE: Talking about peace and hope

May 14, 2012 “Tibet does not belong to the Dalai Lama. Tibet belongs to the 6 million Tibetans. more »»

It’s Our History: Looking back at the early days and Bennet Pond

May 14, 2012 Welcome back! Or rather the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is happy to be back in the Lake Placid News sharing town and village history from yester-year and yesterda. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Olympics in Doha?

May 14, 2012 The Olympic Games, unlike any other world event, has the ability to create real change. The Olympics change their host city by leaving physical legacies such as housing and infrastructure. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: A letter from cousin Sue

May 14, 2012 “I feng shuied my house last weekend,” my cousin wrote. I thought, can feng shui be used as a verb? But I have a tendency to be overcritical. I read on. more »»

ON THE SCENE: It is raining? I hadn’t noticed ... the food and drink were too good

May 14, 2012 I like scotch neat, with a glass of water on the side, several friends of mine add some water to their scotch saying that they feel a bit of water opens up the flavor. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Remember the Baby Buggy Burglars?

May 14, 2012 “Signs of spring: I am looking at  a crocus and a robin in my back yard. Some kind of  semi-congealed precipitation, about the consistency of a Slurpee, is falling on them both. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Reports from a Distant Place

April 19, 2012 For some time, friends and readers of Lake Placid News and Virginia Gazette have urged me to gather in a book a collection of my columns that dealt with survival during the Holocaust. more »»

ON THE SCENE: A visit to Israel

April 12, 2012 “Do you see that building over there with the golden dome,” said David Hur, our guide to Old Jerusalem. We nodded. “That’s the Dome of the Rock. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: The signs of spring

April 12, 2012 Signs of spring: Town workers are out sweeping up the sand they spread on the roads and sidewalks over the winter. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Why neighbors kill neighbors

April 12, 2012 The phenomenon of neighbors killing neighbors, as it happened in the first weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarosa, on June 22, 1941, have long puzzled... more »»

NEWS FROM W'TON: Historical Society membership drive under way

April 12, 2012 Hello Everybody, let’s find out what’s been happening in Wilmington, shall we? A few columns ago, birthday wishes had been sent out to Bea Lawrence who turned 95 in February. more »»

ON THE SCENE: The road to Redford, Part II

April 12, 2012 Back in the spring of 1983, Jack Kendrick talked me into driving out to Salt Lake City, he to meet the actor Robert Redford and me to start an artist residency at Weber State University in Ogden, U. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Going back to one’s roots

April 12, 2012 Tracing family ancestry is all the rage these days. Back when my grandmothers were charting out their family trees, genealogy was slow and tedious work. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: The world of a poet laureate

April 12, 2012 “Poetry gets at the very marrow of language. more »»

ON THE SCENE: The road to Redford

April 12, 2012 My first experience behind the wheel was when I popped the clutch on my father’s 1964 Pontiac GTO that featured a 389 cu. more »»



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