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Bird’s Eye View (Sep. 20, 2017)

Having drank so much water and eaten so many salads for three days straight at the Fair, you can probably imagine that I’m inevitably not feeling very lively and creative this…

Bird’s Eye View (Sep. 13, 2017)

Let’s start this week with “This Trump Thing,” aka, The US Presidency. It is still baffling that Republican Senator John McCain tolerates Donald Trump in any capacity—at all—after then-candidate Trump…

Bird’s Eye View (Sep. 6, 2017)

My fellow eating and drinking buddy, Steve Sparks, is planning to start up a new version of the very popular and useful AV Grange Newsletter, the Valley information sheet that…

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 30, 2017)

The death of Gloria Ross this past weekend is tragically sad news for a multitude of Valley folks and a huge loss to the Valley on a number of levels.…

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 23, 2017)

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 23, 2017)

I must express utter dismay at the failure of my column to appear in last week’s print issue of the AVA. - it was visible in the on-line version at…

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 16, 2017)

‘Trump Thing,” aka The US Presidency. “I would not be a president who took vacations,” said Trump when he began his campaign in 2015. But he began a 17-day working…

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 9, 2017)

First “This Trump Thing,” formerly the US Presidency. So the madness goes on! I am referring to the continuing dismissals of top government officials that President* Trump has shown to…

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 2, 2017)

Bird’s Eye View (Aug. 2, 2017)

Tensions inside the White House grew tauter as Mr. Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci [he was fired Monday], appeared to accuse the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, of leaking…

Bird’s Eye View (July 26, 2017)

Work continues on a new restaurant going into the building in downtown Philo that until six months ago had been the home of Libby’s Restaurant for sixteen years. The kind…

Bird’s Eye View (July 19, 2017)

Violent protests marred the end of the G20 summit in Germany as 20,000 police struggled with several hundred anti-capitalist looters and rioters, and tens of thousands of more-peaceful demonstrators. The…

Bird’s Eye View (July 12, 2017)

“The Trump Thing,” or as it had been known for almost 250 years up until recently, the US Presidency. The Atlantic Monthly was not overjoyed with the ascension of Andrew…