Author: Wayne Taylor

This past Sunday I was driving home on my usual city block route through neighborhoods. Houses siting nearly on the sidewalks that ran in front of them.  Residential property on shallow front lawns with aging homes almost shoulder to shoulder, almost touching in some instances. As I pulled up to a stop sign on a […]

Perhaps you know a bit of the history of the California Gold Rush. From 1848, when gold was found by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, to 1855, a stampede of “49ers”, named after the year of the peak of population influx into the “Golden” state, rushed to strike their claim. California’s population […]

Here we are, already into the fast and furious pre-Halloween retail blowouts. I wish the retailers would put as much effort into the Thanksgiving season as they do on all hallows’ eve. It has to do with money spent by consumers. Here are a few statistics: On an individual level, the average person plans to […]

I watched a good portion of an old B&W science fiction movie the other night. I must have been desperate for wholesome entertainment!   I don’t even remember the name of it. All I remember is that is features these big snail-like creatures and they were in some canal system somewhere in the US. The […]

The other day while on my way to pick up my daughter Janelle for a lift to Onondaga Community College, I stopped by a local Dunkin Donut store to pick up some coffee for our commute to Syracuse. While standing in line, just about to place my order, a friend of the server spoke to […]

Driving down Makyes Rd., the road where Mars Hill has its headquarters, is generally uneventful, with the exception of severe weather in the winter. Today, however was a little more interesting. The town of Onondaga is repaving Makyes road. This go round they are not merely putting a layer of asphalt over the top, but […]

Wayne Weakly, that’s more fitting a title these days for my supposed weekly blog. You recall the well know song that includes the words “summertime and the living is easy…”, well I have to take issue this year with those lyrics. This summer has not produced a lot of living easy time for me. I’m […]

We recently had a guest scheduled in for a Spotlight radio interview. The topic was a helpful one, call “811 before you dig”. 811 is the phone number that diggers are supposed to call before boring into the ground. No one wants to hit a buried gas, electric, or water line! The utility companies respond […]

Just yesterday I read another “breaking” news article on a news network web site. Some of these “breaking” news stories need to be broken before they are broken! The one news brief I read yesterday, however, was interesting. It reported that “water” may have been found below the surface near one of the poles on […]

This past week my daughter Jill and I enjoyed a four day camping adventure at Fair Haven State Park. Fair Haven camping and beach trips have been a tradition in the Wayne Taylor family for a good many years now, and prior to that, a regular staple in my own childhood. We had never camped […]


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