Banks promote debit cards as a “convenient” way to pay for things.  Open a new checking account and they automatically give you one.  They are “free” to use.  They look like credit cards - the… Read more

Although Lake Erie is the smallest of the five Great Lakes and ranks 18th in the world by volume of fresh water, it supports at least 140 species of fish, of which at least 18 species are caug… Read more

The photo attending this week’s essay was not / is not of very good quality. Nor is it – at least on the surface – a very remarkable photo. I have been familiar with it for several years. But … Read more

Some years ago, when I was chief cook and bottle-washer (among other things) for Vermilion’s Meals-on-Wheels program I became acquainted with a Vermilion guy named Fred Wetzler and his wife Ka… Read more

I found most of this “stuff” in a letter written by my paternal grandfather to my mother just after Christmas in 1931. Although World War I had then been over for thirteen years it was obvious… Read more