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WARMEST WISHES – There are a number of the nicest people who will celebrate this week. Today is the birthday of Taylor Smoke. What a terrific young man. I am sure your wonderful family, including your daughter Zoe Rita, will make your birthday a marvelous celebration.

April 18 is the birthday of three of the kindest and most caring women I know - Jen Ayotte, Liz Sheets and Lori Collins.

My warmest wishes, Jen and Liz, for a terrific birthday celebration. What lovely women these two are, so thoughtful and caring. Lori Collins is another amazing woman. I hope each of you who have been touched by Lori Collins’ skilled artistry with a pair of scissors and comb in hand or who has been touched by her kind thought of others will stop by her salon on East Orvis Street tomorrow to wish her a very happy birthday.

Belated anniversary wishes are sent to Connie and Tim Davey. Although my wishes are 24 hours late, they are most sincere. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary yesterday. My warmest wishes for a marvelous year ahead.

What extraordinary individuals Taylor, Jen, Liz, Lori, Tim and Connie are. My warmest wishes for a wonderful birthday (and anniversary) celebration. How blessed I am to have each of you in my life.


ACROSS THE MILES – Dealing with technology is not something that comes easy for me. The rapid changes involved in technology are also quite unsettling. It seems I just learn how to maneuver through the workings of the computer in our home and then I am told it is time for a new one.

With the new computer comes an entirely new set of instructions and directions.

With technology came the workings of the internet. The internet is marvelous providing me the opportunity to write in our Bombay home and send this column to the office via the internet each week. Yes, I pre-date the internet in my employment at the Courier-Observer (then it was the Massena Observer). At one time there were weekly trips to the office to type my column into the office computer. Prior to that time I would type my copy at home on a typewriter. Then I would carry those sheets of hard copy to the office for Editor Pat McKeown to edit with pen in hand.

I do enjoy the internet where I can communicate with soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, a friend in Nicaragua or Antarctica and my sister in Italy. Although I enjoy communicating with people via the internet, I would much rather visit face to face or hear a voice on the other end of the telephone, but I do realize some of those visits are not possible across the miles.

I know many of you read on your iPad (or other devices) and even keep up with the latest news via the internet. I would much prefer holding a book in hand. A book was downloaded onto my iPad for me by our son at Christmas. I have read only a few pages on my iPad while. I have read perhaps half a dozen books in that same time.

I also prefer holding the newspaper in my hands to read the morning news and learn of upcoming events in the community. My sister had asked about my column some time ago. She looked for it online. Others had asked, but this column had not been available online, and I was pleased with that – for I hope you all purchase the newspaper and read “Over Coffee.”

A few weeks ago a friend was delighted – she had found this column online. She had missed the Wednesday paper that week and found she could still be part of our over coffee visit online. I checked and yes, there it was – with a touch of the screen I, too, could read “Over Coffee” with my iPad in hand. Amazing.

I sent an e-mail to my sister in Italy telling her about this column now available online. Last week, before my newspaper had arrived at our Bombay home, my sister had read about her Italian coffee observations in this column. She had read Over Coffee in the Courier-Observer online in Italy and sent a response via the internet to our Bombay home.

Amazing. Connections via the internet and a visit “Over Coffee” shared across the miles in mere moments. Technology is a very good thing. (Please don’t ask me to text, though.)


PARKING LOT VISIT – How terrific it was to meet Donnie Comins in Massena last week. I hadn’t seen Donnie in some time, too long, so it was good to catch up about family and grandchildren and hockey. Our visit was marvelous – with one exception, Donnie was sporting a Boston Bruins baseball cap. You would think by now perhaps he might have traded it in for the red, white and blue of a certain Montreal NHL team.

Editor’s Note: The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup two years ago. You have to get the history books out to find out the last time the Habs were skating around the ice with that Stanley Cup over their heads. And belated birthday wishes to Boston great Bobby Orr.

SAVOR EACH MOMENT – On Monday the news that came from Boston was heart wrenching. I would ask each of you, if you are sitting near a loved one or if you are visiting with a dear friend ,take an extra moment to savor that moment. Wrap your arms around your loved one – tell your family members and dear friends how grateful you are for their presence in your life. For life can be fleeting, gone all too quickly.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it. From the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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