But if a father needs to be told to spend more time with his child, it deserves berating. Pickup line request Pickup line? Fight I might; or might not. I might still muster up a fight or two down the road, but it will take more to spur me on than it used to. Performed a canticle, e.
Bruce has an extra ATV, and Sally has her own, and so the three of us visited all sorts of inland spots -- the beautiful Thompson Lake, which has an island of its own, and is virtually unspoiled; Lake Mary, which has a public dock where a young girl was fishing, and which sported two pontoon boats in the distance, and one multi-level cottage to the west; and Deer Lake, which is more of a marsh and a draw to various wildlife, including a crane family we saw in the distance.
Sally had been missing from the island during the early part of my current stay -- gone traveling, she said, to see a few things on her bucket list, including a moose.
She showed up the night before our ATV excursion, at a party thrown by the nephew of the recently departed, year-old Miriam Hoover, widow of the former president and CEO of Hoover Vacuum.
The party was on a large deck behind a cottage the nephew has remodeled into a beautiful home. It was strange to tour it, for my family stayed there in the s for two summers, renting from the Hoovers. Back then it was a rustic cottage with bats upstairs and an outhouse for a bathroom. Water came from a pump, and night light from kerosene lanterns. There were all sorts of familiar faces at that Saturday gathering: Wendy is the local school teacher, who this year will have two students when classes start in the one-room island schoolhouse on Sept.
And there was the visiting minister, Philip Chester of England, whose birthday prompted the celebration; and various of the elderly islanders I tend to see each year, folks who have cottages that they have been inhabiting during summers here for decades. It has been good reconnecting with all of them, but I have felt a little guilty, what with all hell breaking loose back home. An ugly storm, of course, brought flooding and tremendous damage on Lodi and Valois Points and to parts of Peach Orchard Point; and plenty of flooding elsewhere in the area, from the west hill of Watkins to the outskirts of Montour Falls and beyond.
Blessedly, we escaped any damage at my home in Odessa, overseen in my absence by son Jon. And I was ostensibly relaxing through some disquieting deaths back home -- of Tom Moran of Odessa, like me a sports card collector and all-around friendly guy; of Timateo Kamanga, whose violent death by vehicle while walking in Hector was reported to me rather quickly, sending me into a mild depression; and of Bill Elkins, a wonderful guy who meant a lot to Schuyler County for a lot of years.
And with all the angst caused by the storm and death, there was angst -- from what I hear -- caused by the proposed Business Improvement District in Watkins Glen, by the struggle by the village to counteract the negative effects of short-term Airbnb rentals, and then by the decision by Village Board member Kevin Thornton to depart his seat seven months early.
He did so in a sort of scorched earth fashion, taking to task the spotty communication among board members and between the board and the community, as well as the project selection in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative promulgated by the state. Yes, all of that angst has been going on, as well as some family issues that have occupied a bit of phone attention.
I hope to tackle another ATV ride, to travel again into the depths of the island woods and witness again some of the inland marvels. About two thirds of the way back, heading south, there is a marker, the number 20, which connotes one of the island attractions -- the remains of three cabins that many believe housed the gangster John Dillinger and his gang while he was recovering from plastic surgery designed to help him escape the law.
In the main cabin, which is only three logs high now, the entrance is still identifiable, on the Firetower Road side. Step through that opening at the right time -- which is to say sunset -- and you just might encounter Dillinger himself, or rather what I take to be his spirit, inhabiting a complete cabin on that very site.
A girl fishes off the end of the Lake Mary dock. At the Saturday party. Sally Sperry and Bruce McAfee head back toward the deep woods after a break along a trail turnoff. A few Schuyler County flood photos snapped from a drone camera by Tony Vickio can be seen here. A smile a mile wide Timateo Kamanga is dead, struck by a vehicle while walking along Route in Hector Saturday night, around 10 p.
Police are investigating, and the facts are largely unknown, other than that the driver has been identified. I remember him as a young man with a ready smile; he enjoyed other people, and especially enjoyed being in this country.
I recall him telling me in high school that he was returning to Malawi after graduation, but wanted to come back for college, which he did -- earning a couple of associate's degrees and a bachelor's. Over the years, I encountered him from time to time around Schuyler County, and he would greet me with his wide smile and, with a light accent, say my name with an emphasis on the second syllable. I sit here at my keyboard remembering him; but in particular that smile.
I imagine I could conjure up a few more specifics -- but overriding it all would be the memory of that smile. The heart that no longer beats. Marie Fitzsimmons, who with husband Kirk Peters served as the host to Timateo during his exchange year. She was teaching at Watkins Glen High School at that time. I contacted her after finding an entry on her Facebook page regarding his passing.
His journey began with the Watkins Glen High School Interact Club, Rotary Club and a dream that Nancy Loughlin then a guidance counselor at the school and my beloved students turned into reality. This is the boy who came to live in our Hector home and became a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin. And a beloved member of our school community. August 25 at Damiani Wine Cellars. A private burial will take place at the Seneca Union Cemetery.
Rotary was so generous. She listened thoughtfully as I agonized over exchange programs being so remarkable -- but out of reach for young people without family resources. And as she always did, she began the work to make a dream into a reality. As she worked with Rotary, the Malawi Children's Village unfolded as our partner. Interact kids raised the money for plane fare and such.
Rotary took care of other financial needs. And Tim came to live with us. It was an astonishing year. His 18th birthday brought a celebration, and our house was jam-packed with all the friends who loved him. Presents overflowed -- most to do with Bob Marley posters, hats, CDs and shirts. He was so, so happy. I believe he also earned another associate's degree!
But of course, that was also true at TC3, at Hobart, in Ithaca, and everywhere he went. People were drawn to him, for he was a beautiful spirit. After all, that is where his journey to us began. Timothy Kamanga Memorial Fund P. He lives there, and works in Newark.
He read on this website about the accident, and wondered if I knew anything more. He wanted to contact other folks who, like him, had attended Hobart with Timateo. He, like me, had lost touch over the years, but one thing he remembered vividly. He wanted to experience everything. The waning of traditions But also for shared memories.
Most notable is the absence of familiar faces, although I have encountered a few in recent days. One, a gentleman of my age range named Ron Mars, was off-Island after rushing home to Indiana upon a report that a tree had fallen on his house. Fortunately, damage was minimal, and he was back up here in a few days. One of his sons -- whose first name I forget awful as I am with retaining names of new acquaintances -- was here, too, but heading home to Kansas City, where he worked for the National Weather Service, running its website.
The Plaunts are around, minus patriarch Ray, who died several seasons ago at the young age of He had been a childhood hero to me: Twenty years ago, after I had started visiting the island again after decades away drawn here again by the spirit of the place, which induced me to write a couple of novels about it, Island Nights and The Islander , I stopped by to say hello to one of the Bablers, Marilyn.
She was on the phone when I arrived unannounced. I had been welcomed onto her front porch by her daughter, who had called into the cottage: She shrieked at that, tossed the phone to her husband, and gave me a big hug. And we visited the rest of the day away. When we first came here, the matriarch of the clan was Lila Blome -- quite ancient to my then-young eyes.
She had daughters Mary and Annette. We did that annually for several years before my parents built a house on a lake in Bloomfield Hills, and the need for a watery getaway like Bois Blanc evaporated. Eventually, two of their offspring, Sally and Wayne Jr. There has been no sign of siblings Sally -- who is seemingly always here -- or Marilyn.
This is alarming in the sense that the Bablers historically have not missed any potential Island time. Mary Babler, until she reached well into her 80s, and maybe even 90 -- had missed only one summer here, and that when she was a year old.
Marilyn was much the same. Now in her mids, she was up here every year except one -- when she was a toddler -- until last year, when she and her husband Joel failed to appear. The word was that a storm had damaged their home in St. But this year they are absent again, and I fear it is health matters.
Joel has been struggling -- a walker is not a convenient device on the island -- and rumor has it that Marilyn is ill. My point is this: The island -- beyond being a physically mystical place to me -- is a place of familiar faces and families dating back to my childhood. It is a place of tradition: And time is robbing it of that quality.
Those faces of my past -- friends of my parents, friends of my brothers, and friends of mine -- are disappearing all too rapidly as my generation and that immediately ahead of mine fades away. This trip is designed as a renewal, and perhaps I will find the rest I need to tackle another school year's worth of news back in Schuyler County.
To counter that malaise, I have started doodling what I hope will be a novel. The plot is not set here -- in the Straits of Mackinac -- as my previous works have been. I will also counter it by attending, I hope, various functions that mark summer on the island. A couple of summers back, you might recall, I also encountered Dillinger in a field not far from the place I am renting, a field accessible along a narrow track through thick woods.
I visited there last night, but saw nothing of the man -- just a white-tailed deer loping away after I spooked him. And I made the mistake of wearing shorts, which resulted in a nasty leg scratch administered by a protruding branch. I've returned to the island Miriam Hoover, queen of Bois Blanc and widow of the former Hoover Vacuum Company president, died recently before she could reach her th birthday.
Others of Island note passed, too; but beyond that there seem to be some familiar faces missing, faces I normally see on my annual summer visits. One I did see was that of Sheila Hyde. She was grabbing breakfast before heading off-Island to some function in New Jersey run by General David Petraeus, an old acquaintance of her husband.
And then home to Florida, not to return here until October, when she would help her mother close up the family place inland. But I will soon. Six months on the island each year. I manage a maximum of six weeks. I had seen advertised on the ferry boat crossing that Thursday gatherings would be continuing at the Plaunt home, occupied these days by Leanne, eldest daughter of the late, great Ray Plaunt. Those meetings started a few years ago, when folks could visit with Ray, the esteemed retired ferry boat captain of many years, including those years of my childhood.
After Ray died at the age of 95 a few seasons ago, the gatherings continued at the house, which he built many decades ago.
But when Bob and I arrived for this gathering, there was none. I spotted them on their back deck, and called out: Their daughter Wendy Spray, fortyish, was also there. They hailed us to park in their driveway and join them on the deck, and then asked us how long we were up for, and I said six weeks. Three days later, on Sunday, at a fundraiser for an Islander seriously injured recently in an auto accident on Bois Blanc's east end, I encountered Leanne, who said the gatherings had generated no interest recently -- but that my brother and I were welcome to stop by at the appointed time on coming Thursdays, or any time.
I suspect we will. That's a stretch of land upon which lived John and Mildred Bible for several decades -- with Mildred staying on after John died, until her passing. His death started the rumor that his ghost was often seen there and along the nearby North Shore Road, scaring hell out of campers. The dock used to be the main one on the island, but a much larger, cement-based and thus sturdy one was built years ago a mile or so to the east.
But the old dock is still a popular spot for swimmers and sunbathers. The East team was full of young, strong batters who rather consistently hit the ball into the woods in right field or over a string in left field that served as the home run marker.
The West team had mostly middle-aged and older players who seemed oblivious to the art of fielding. The result was a victory for the young East squad -- the third straight win for that half of the island. A sizable crowd was on hand -- mostly seated on portable chairs in the shade of woods along the third base line and behind home plate.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and orange sherbet cups were plentiful, all under a beautiful blue sky and a sun whose heat was mitigated by a gentle breeze. It has dirt roads, a 25 mph speed limit, one deputy, and limited health-care facilities, although about a dozen firefighters are first responders. There are only about 50 full-time residents, and maybe 2, visitors in the course of a year, though that is a guess.
Most folks, once they arrive, disappear into the woods to cabins and cottages. A hundred people is a large turnout at a softball game, or at a joint church service such as they held Sunday morning, the Church of the Transfiguration in Pointe aux Pins hosting parishioners from the Coast Guard Chapel on the east end.
I have visited here some 30 times -- counting several summers here in my childhood -- and have spent a little over two years of my life as best as I can estimate enjoying these throwback environs. A small percentage of a life pretty well lived. This existence would be much less than it is without this place, this feel, these personal journeys I take to Bois Blanc and its pristine shores.
A deer in the field beside Hawk's Landing; the wreck of the Bibles' home; a young woman on the East squad hits a double. Blast from a pivotal past It was perhaps the pivotal day in the history of The Odessa File. Starting the website had been significant, but keeping it going was proving somewhat difficult. I had been covering Odessa-Montour sports since starting the website in the winter of the school year, and did so again at the start of the fall sports season.
That was the idea -- to cover that one school and the two communities that made up its name. As I arrived, I saw a player on the Watkins team go down -- hard -- as she stopped a ball with her face. Photography was better over there, and I needed all the help I could get -- as I was just learning action photography, really.
I asked someone who the girl lying on the field was. The game had been stopped, and she was being tended to. My first thought was: But then common sense took over: God, I hope she's okay , I amended my thinking. As I was walking along the sideline, I heard a voice to my left, from a man leaning against the fencing that circled the track.
I was immediately on guard, for I had found, much to my chagrin, that starting a website like this was not something immediately embraced. I had been getting some pushback from the school and from coaches reluctant to contact me after games. I had also been interviewed by a TV reporter who asked rather rudely what gave me the right to do what I was doing. I told him it was the same thing that gave him the right to stick that microphone in my face and ask me such a question: Now, facing toward the man leaning against the fence at the O-M athletic field, I sized him up: I ambled over, leaned against the fence next to him, and asked: I want you to cover Watkins Glen sports.
I thought that taking on another school -- when I was having enough difficulty settling in at O-M -- was a little too daunting. But as we talked some more, he reiterated the invitation. He thought my presence, my coverage of sports, would be well received down the hill. He called me several times over the next week -- persistently asking the same thing. See how it goes? Eventually, I tired of his tenacity, and relented. I figured the only way I would get him to stop was to go down to Watkins, as he asked.
But a funny thing happened when I got there to cover a girls soccer game. Most of the kids seemed to know who I was, and welcomed me. And so I quite surprisingly enjoyed the experience, and decided to try another sport at Watkins, another game And in so doing, I soon found advertisers in Watkins Glen.
My basic support went from mostly donations to mostly advertisements, and the ads grew in number The income from ads had not grown fast enough to make what I was doing viable from an economic standpoint. Another job -- another path -- seemed a reasonable option.
But in one of our final conversations, Susan had urged me to continue. And mere weeks later, they did. The seeds that had been sown by my move to Watkins Glen -- a process begun on the day that Desiree Ellison stopped a soccer ball with her face -- started germinating. I told Desiree about that day after she had contacted me last week in her role as Executive Director of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, which plays slow-pitch games around the country and was in our area for a contest against the Elmira Pioneers at Dunn Field.
I had gotten to know her that senior year of hers, after her soccer wound had healed and she was back in action. She was looking for some publicity for the game in her first visit here with the team since taking over as Executive Director some months ago. We talked at length when she called, and she invited me to a cookout at the home of her parents, Will and Dodie Hrynko, in Burdett, on a acre spread overlooking Seneca Lake.
It was a party thrown for the players, so I got a closeup look at them a day before the game and got a sense of the camaraderie that helps carry them from city to city for 25 or so events -- individual games and tournaments -- each year.
I actually arrived early, and so got a chance to talk to Desiree before the party got rolling. She told me about the road she took to her current job -- school, more school, a position with the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team, other jobs and, currently in addition to everything else on her plate , pursuit of a PhD. And she talked about the Wounded Warrior team. That effort is in the form of a camp, where the team plays softball with the kids and interacts through other games, bonding and showing the kids that they are not alone in the world.
When the kids come to camp, said one player, they have a tendency to hide behind their parents, but by the end they are clinging to the players, not wanting to leave. And it is one that Desiree is crazy about. She learned about the team several years ago, when she was working for the Chiefs, when they hosted the Amputee squad. She was smiling, too, at the game against the Pioneers at Dunn Field in Elmira the next night. The visitors started fast, with three runs in the first inning, but then were blanked for three innings and fell behind But then, as the rain intensified, so did the Warrior offense -- the team scoring five runs in the 5th inning and then three in the 7th to win going away, The crowd was happy, the players on both sides seemed happy -- and while I had by that time lost track of Desiree Ellison, I assume she was happy too.
After the game ended, and being fairly drenched, I made my way to my car and, as I pulled away, I heard and felt what seemed like someone pounding on my car roof. It took me a few moments to realize it was the sounds of a fireworks show over the stadium behind me. Most of the crowd had stayed for that -- a traditionally patriotic conclusion to an evening honoring patriots who, despite the loss of limbs, had risen to the occasion and showed what they show crowds dozens of times each year and what they show those kids at camp: Life can rob you of so many things, but courage and determination can more than even the score.
I scrapped my column By Charlie Haeffner O dessa, NY, July 18, -- I wrote another column for this space -- one that rambled on and on, and that I ultimately found boring, and that I jettisoned. The primary reason for the rejection: It had to do with the fact that the Legislature stood virtually alone for those four years among area governments and businesses, almost all of whom were adamantly opposed to the project. It had to do with the environmental concerns in an area that depends on tourism -- an economic driver that could go horribly awry with a single ecological catastrophe.
It had to do with the protests that followed that initial resolution -- the hundreds of arrests that ensued in the following months, and the clogged court up in the Town of Reading. It had to do with the folks on the Legislature who voted for the storage, and those who voted against it, and their reasons, where given.
It had to do with the misguided notion by the Legislature chair that the storage proposal, four years ago, was about to be approved by the governor.
That seemed like a big duh. I scrapped that column. It was too easy to beat up on a Legislature that stood alone for so long, seemingly fighting reason. She's a remarkable businesswoman who spearheaded the facility in Montour Falls that houses cats and dogs. Our animal friends are so very much better off thanks to her. Her name came to my attention when someone nominating her asked if I could be used as a reference. I said yes, of course. So, the number of females that I and various readers have spotlighted is growing: Belle Cornell, Jane Delano, Dr.
But the count right now is 39 men and 5 women in the Hall of Fame. That disparity needs to change if the Hall hopes to retain a sense of validity. Balloting is currently under way. Click here to access a nomination form. I recently watched one of those wonderful black-and-white classic films -- "Meet John Doe," a Frank Capra-directed gem starring Gary Cooper as the title character and one of my favorite actresses, Barbara Stanwyck.
What struck me upon this viewing it had been a few years since I had last seen it was the passion with which the average man and woman portrayed in the film embraced the idea of helping their neighbors.
Back then, the chief forms of communication were radio and newspapers -- in this case a crooked, bad-guy-owned newspaper that spewed dare I say? Now, lo these 77 years later, we have much greater communication through the internet, but instead of drawing us together, it divides us. The newspapers now aren't as vile as the one in "John Doe," but with press reporters now doubling as media read that TV darlings, and with the rise of Fox news as a sort of extension of the governmental right, the effect is the same.
The hero of "John Doe" threatened to jump off a very high tower as a form of protest. With today's lack of decorum, extreme and growing divisiveness, truth twisting, extensive welfare, religious extremism, toothless representatives and senators, government corruption I'm thinking mainly of Albany, but Washington fits, too , rampant pornography, an opioid epidemic, and the absence, for far too long, of the Brooklyn Dodgers, that form of protest rings truer now, I think, than it did in the film.
For those unfamiliar with it, the film ends on an up note, with John Doe stopping short of jumping, carrying his ladylove to safety and, embraced by the common folk, effectively snubbing his nose at the nasty multimedia publisher-curmudgeon. Nowadays, John would have been ripped to pieces by either the left or right or both in the blink of an internet eye.
Analysis prevails now, to the nth. Talking heads propound, and media wannabes spew their bile on blogs. Viral, instead of a type of illness, becomes a communicable way of life: Most everyone who commented agreed with the names I proffered, and some added others, in each case the name of a woman -- for it is hard to refute the fact that a male majority in the Hall of Fame makes it something of a boys club.
The past four induction classes have seen an male advantage -- good picks individually, but completely gender unbalanced. Other names suggested to me since that column was published have included Belle Cornell and Jane Delano, local figures of historical import. Blanche Borzell was suggested, too. She is a longtime and highly respected physician and coroner. Add to that Carol Bower, the grand caterer who has long provided meals on site and at her home on Cass Road.
I would hasten to add Kate LaMoreaux, a Watkins Glen High School swim coach of amazing success who still oversees an annual summer swim program and plays a mean dulcimer. I offer them with the thought that perhaps a reader might have missed a great opportunity for entertainment, and finds it mentioned here.
Things have quieted down tremendously since graduations, and the heat index has gone sky-high. It was over yesterday and today. With summer here and thus no high school sports, my job has eased up, and just in time.
I have to start thinking about the future in judicious terms. My annual visit to Bois Blanc Island in northern Michigan should help me recharge. I subsequently got a fairly clean bill of health from the doctor, but he also reminded me that old age comes to us all, and with it diminishing wells of energy. As long as my mind is sharp and my health holds, I will keep going It's Hall of Fame time The search is on for Schuyler County Hall of Fame nominees.
That word comes from the Chamber of Commerce, the moving force behind the Hall of Fame. The Hall, instituted in , is a gathering of late and living Schuylerites who have passed a strict screening to become members.
The list of the Hall of Fame members is not long -- just 44 entrants -- and the selection process less than consistent. It was held annually at its beginning, in the mids, and then took a break of three years, and then a break of another seven years.
Then boom, boom, boom -- three straight years with inductions -- and then four off, and three off, and most recently a break of two years. The membership list encompasses agricultural standouts, political standouts, legal standouts, a woman devoted to the county history, a couple of doctors, educational standouts, and business standouts.
Who this next time? Well, I would start with Jim Guild, a man of business foresight and a force in the downtown business community. His operations take up nearly a block of Franklin Street. Business visionary, religiously oriented, a landlord of several properties, Rotarian.
The man is always thinking, and always doing. Some consider him a maverick, which might put him on the outside looking in, but I think the selectors should strongly consider opening that door to him.
I would continue with J. This is a man of compassion who has helped many people over the years, including yours truly. Good God, what else do you need to do for induction? And I would heartily endorse the recently departed Frank Steber -- longtime and popular Watkins Glen teacher, and later a columnist Seneca Spectator for the local weekly and the author of three historical novels based right here in our historic backyard: He also served as president of the Watkins Glen Library board and the Schuyler County Historical Society, and had a wide circle of friends drawn to the gentleman he was.
The last time I saw him, not long before his passing, he was selling and signing his books at the Historical Society Museum, and said he was planning another novel. Alas, that will not happen. But the Hall of Fame can. Beyond that, we need more diversity. I would suggest for instance that women be given a much closer look. Right now, there are only five female members of the Hall of Fame: We can do better than that. And while she predated Schuyler County, she was right here once, and historically significant: Or how about former Watkins Glen Mayor Judy Phillips, who has a long and distinguished history of public service?
Or chronicler extraordinaire Glenda Gephart? Do you have a favorite or favorites? You can put in your two cents worth with the Chamber of Commerce until July Now that the year is ending And celebrations have ensued. We held our Top Drawer 24 party with only minor hiccups. Each party offers a new challenge or two, even after 13 years. Sports awards have been distributed. Meanwhile, signs of summer have arrived. And a carnival with it. And all great fun. And round and round we go But one day, the lottery or a sugar mama or some other stroke of luck willing, I will take the leap.
Turns out that he actually leaped from a moving train, and was removed from the scene by the current-day Willoughby Funeral Home. I trust I have a stronger sense of self-preservation than that. I just have to pace myself. My doctor and my meds tell me so.
I used to be athletic -- on the high school varsity baseball team. I developed some power left-handed. I could run rather fast, and throw bullets. Now, if I try to run, my left foot damaged last winter and my right knee the winter before scream out at me in protest. Even without those maladies, speed is not in my arsenal any longer. Nor, I suspect, is my ability to send a ball over an outfield fence. And my arm was never the same after a rotator cuff injury. It's enough, on occasion, to make me seethe.
I used to play; now I spectate. As a fan, though, I find I can act on my admiration of others -- specifically of our high school athletes. And a fan I am. I especially admired the Top Drawer kids this year. Their achievements are, collectively, mind-boggling. And I admire the winners of the Susan Award, a sportsmanship-in-life honor named after my late wife. Escapism can be good -- as long as we keep one foot firmly placed in the reality of our existence: The end of a month school year is, for me, the end of a marathon -- with another looming not far ahead.
But first comes the Island. It's as essential to me as the air. Sometimes there are bugs. The young lady did not like it, and thus did not remain the fellow's girlfriend for long. For the Island comes first. The Island has electricity and running water and modern restrooms -- all lacking up there when I was a boy. He did that once from New York -- from Odessa -- back when he was a boy and his Mom was alive.
We met them coming in late at night at the Island airfield, just as the wind was picking up from a nasty storm moving in. The craft was getting knocked around pretty good as it landed. As I remember it, when Dave got out of that plane, he dropped to his knees and kissed the ground. Air travel can do that to you: All the world is a stage For plays in seven acts.
From mewling turned to teenaged angst, We move to love and marriage pacts. To parenthood, to preening pride, Then to a certain slide.
And in the end, when we revert To loss, we must abide. But on the way it's safe to say, and with no reservation That flight is not in any way Akin to preservation.
In all, visits were paid to 10 schools for the presentation of invitations to 24 remarkable student-athlete-citizens selected for inclusion on the 13th annual Top Drawer 24 team. Cheplick widely known as Chep and I devised this team back in late , while brainstorming in his downstairs rec room. I had not had an exactly embracing experience covering Odessa-Montour sports at the outset, and a trip I had made to the Watkins high school office early in my online venture basically resulted in a rebuff by the principal.
But Chep saw the potential -- the need, really -- for The Odessa File in Watkins Glen, and so I relented, and went down to cover a couple of sporting events The Watkins district, I discovered, was as far from O-M as philosophy and caution could take it, O-M being at the time both isolationist and guarded, and Watkins Anyway, we came up with the idea to have me pick Athletes of the Week, based on all that I observe -- which is quite a bit each week; I cover a lot of games involving the two schools.
And then, not long after, we decided All-Schuyler All-Star teams might have value if selected by me seasonally. And that worked -- and then along came the idea for the Top Drawer 24 -- an annual team taking into account scholarship, athleticism, personality and citizenship -- "the whole package," I believe I first called it. Twelve years in now, we -- that is, Chep and I and a committee, and with input from area administrators and from the occasional parent always welcome -- have distributed medallions and certificates and cupcakes, I guess you might include, since they are a staple of our annual award celebration to honorees.
Many of those were repeat honorees, especially in the early years; one girl made the team four times, and several three. Juniors, in fact, are generally outnumbered by seniors. Last year we had eight juniors, and only one of them is on the team again in this, her senior year.
Each year starts fresh, especially now with spots on the team at such a premium. It is so much harder with 10 schools vying for the same number of positions as before: When we expanded, we took some heat on it. It was a bold stroke -- one devised by Chep -- and it paid off.
The other eight schools value the award in a way that we have never seen it embraced in Schuyler County. Each school welcomes Chep and me in its own way. My favorite is Spencer-Van Etten, where administrators have the honorees' parents and even grandparents on hand for the presentation of the invitation.
This year, with just one honoree, S-VE made the biggest deal of the invitation phase -- with parents, grandparents and sister waiting for the honoree, Mackenzie Grube, whose smile signified surprise and pleasure at what she found awaiting her when she was called to the main office. What is important to me and Chep has always been the kids -- honoring those who have earned it and challenging them to give back in the future; to become our community leaders or leaders of whatever community or state in which they ultimately reside.
It has always been important to create a special feel to capture those special moments when the honorees are called forward one by one at the ceremony to receive the applause -- the encouragement -- of the assembled crowd. And the place that captures that mood is the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion, up near the pool -- a place that evokes a timeless quality, so much better than an interior although it offers shelter itself, quite necessary in years past that brought us sleet and rain and, once, downright cold that prompted the park to light the fireplaces at either end of the structure.
I have had the privilege, as I noted, of meeting with all of them. In the case of the Schuyler schools, I know each of the honorees, some better than others. And they are clearly an exceptional group.
If you haven't seen the story about the team -- with each member listed and pictured and individually described -- you can click here to catch up. A nudge, if you will. If you can pull yourselves away from your usual routine on Monday evening, June 4th, come on up to the State Park pavilion for this year's Top Drawer 24 party -- located near the park entrance across from Seneca Lodge. Inspiration, thy name is I am encouraged because it never fails that I am inspired by young people who rise to the challenges that school and its attendant activities -- primarily sports -- pose to them.
At my age, I am on the sidelines; so I take pleasure from there in their achievements, which appeal to the fan in me. It is also a time when I can, in some small way, help to congratulate them in a perhaps meaningful way -- through inclusion on this website's spring sports All-Star team or, beyond that, with inclusion on the Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athlete-citizens.
And beyond that, there is the presentation each year -- on the same night as our Top Drawer celebration at the State Park pavilion -- of Athlete of the Year and Susan Award trophies to deserving and yes, inspiring students. All of that is both time-consuming Because thought and study and discussion and worry can take a toll -- and that's what goes into such selections.
The Top Drawer program, conceived more than a decade ago, has grown to encompass schools beyond the border of Schuyler County. We partner with 10 schools -- up from the original two -- to honor students who are among the best and brightest that our area has to offer.
The Athlete of the Year Awards are the culmination of sports coverage on The Odessa File through three seasons at Watkins Glen and O-M, complete with an ongoing poll that tracks performances.
In the end, poll points generally tell who the recipients should be. Naturally, those points can't be generated without a consistent effort on my part to observe. I see a lot of games or matches in the course of a school year, and learn the nuances of the players, and their athletic qualities -- among them precision, attitude, leadership and desire. That all plays, ultimately, into the selection of the Top Drawer 24 by a committee.
And it plays into selection of the Susan Award winner each year -- or on a couple of occasions, winners. There are two this year -- two wholly deserving individuals. It was presented originally -- starting in -- to someone in Schuyler County, but has since become available to students from other Top Drawer 24 schools. Anyway, the Susan honoree is not always a sportsman in a traditional sense. The honoree might be someone who has met adversity in life with grace and dignity and a drive that never admits defeat -- or it can be someone who is like Susan was.
That requires a sense of fair play, a core of kindness, and a single-mindedness in pursuit of goals, but with a sense not of self, but of the usefulness of those goals to others -- such as teammates. In other words, I look for someone who -- from my own personal standpoint -- is a mix of attributes that almost defy definition.
For Susan could not be pigeonholed. But as the saying goes, I know it when I see it. Having said that, I find myself quite pleased with the selections on all fronts this year. The makeup varies from year to year, depending on circumstance and the pool of nominees. The honorees will be notified of their selection this week, and the team unveiled soon after. There have also been yet-to-be-announced Male and Female Athletes of the Year selected by this website at both Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen, and there are, as mentioned, two Susan Award winners -- one in Schuyler County and one out, also not yet unveiled.
Things get started about 5 p. Athlete of the Year Awards are presented at 5: A Top Drawer 24 team photo is at 5: Speeches -- short, message-orient speeches -- begin at 5: Medallions, trophies and celebration follow. And you're all invited. Take a drive up there. There is no admission charge, either to the park at that point, or to the party. Have at it, historians Knowing how small that auditorium is, and how tight the stage space, I can only marvel at the challenges it presented.
Schuyler plays nowadays are held for the most part in large high school auditoriums with sizable stages. Anyway, as the flyers attest: Being a newcomer I arrived here in , most of the names in the cast are ones with which I am not attuned, although some jumped out: Frank Steber and William Elkins chief among them -- teacher and lawyer, both beloved across many years.
Steber died recently at the age of I in fact procured these flyers from the home of Mr. He is 94 now, and there with his wife Irene, Their daughters have been conducting a sale of material from the Elkins house on Route near Burdett. There I found the flyers this past weekend, while perusing Mr.
Elkins -- a member of the Schuyler County Hall of Fame -- has been known widely for years for his legal and humanitarian efforts.
His home reflects an eclectic taste -- political buttons, some old toy trains, postcards, shelves of non-fiction books and novels, magazines -- and a host of personal knickknacks. But it was the flyers that caught my eye -- still in mint condition, as fresh as the day they were issued. They were in a stack of various papers, along with three other flyers -- identical to one another and also mint -- touting the Republican candidacy of William N. Following his death, the County Courthouse was named in his honor.
There was also, in that grouping, a American Legion membership card with Mr. I found a book, too, by another well-known local lawyer, the late Liston F. It was published in , when Mr. Hanlon, a lumberman who was a board trustee in the Odessa School District. An elementary school in Odessa is named in his honor. History has long fascinated me; I was a history major in college, and like to mix my fiction reading with biographies and such.
Not to mention the late Jean Argetsinger, a community leader for years. Steber and Hanlon wrote novels, but little, as far as I know, about themselves. Elkins and Ellison are subjects who should yield a wealth of information -- just by talking to Elkins or to those who know him and knew Ellison. And there are plenty of Argetsingers around to discuss the family matriarch.
Have at it, historians. Susan Hazlitt as Tracy Lord. Getchie Argetsinger as Dinah Lord. Janice Kranz as Margaret Lord. George Shannon as Thomas. Ann Ryer as Elizabeth Liz Embrie. Compese as Macaulay Mike Connor. Hugh Snow as George Kittredge. Frank Steber as Seth Lord. Genevieve Peck as Elsie. Ronald Nilsen as Mac. Fay Nilsen as May. Darwin Connelly as Edward. Among other names, backstage: The Hatsell's Music Makers provided music before the play and during intermissions: Most are just names to the newcomer, but they had key responsibilities.
All leading, I imagine, to a couple of wonderful evenings 55 years ago. Kudos to the local robotics team that competed late last month in a world competition in Detroit. The event, under the auspices of the FIRST organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology featured four classes; the local team -- which goes by the name Mechanical Meltdown, and operates a robot it built and named Renaldo -- competed with other 7th through 12th graders. A total of teams -- out of 5, worldwide -- qualified in their division for the Detroit competition.
There was a similar competition held the previous week in Houston -- representing countries from the Southern Hemisphere. The Detroit event was for Northern Hemisphere countries. The Mechanical Meltdown has seven members. Of them, five went on the trip. Two had unavoidable conflicts. Most of the kids' parents were there, along with a grandfather and aunt. All told, 40, people were in attendance, among them thousands of competing students -- making it the largest robotics competition in the world.
Said Kathy Gascon, who serves as a coach: We were so pleased just to have earned our way there. Our team performed even better than I expected, and I am extremely proud of them to have placed 32nd among these truly world-class teams.
The passion of younger days. It was engrossing, and satisfying, and called to mind my own minor experience in Washington, working for a few months for USA Today -- long after the Pentagon Papers and the subsequent Watergate mess.
I was in D. But that was minor, a mere sighting across the dining hall. Call it a brush with history. And I did very well in my editing post, winning more than a dozen weekly awards. But try as I might to catch on there full time, I was rebuffed, and ended up leaving journalism for a few years. One of the reasons given me for the rejection came, off the record, from a full-time editor I had befriended. I was too old. Also too white and too male, those being important hiring characteristics at the time.
I was too old 30 years ago. Anything near 40 was excessive in the eyes of the suits, I guess. Three decades have passed since then, and I find myself wondering: If I was too old then, what am I now? It is, after all, 30 years later. I think it might be true.
An example of passion applied in my yesteryear: There was a murder there of a woman I knew peripherally -- the wife of a local attorney. Her name was Holly Gilbert, and she was 34 years old. She was killed by bullets to the neck and head from a. Police theorized that she had arrived home from running errands and had stumbled into an ongoing robbery.
This occurred on Harris Drive, an upper-crust section of the city. The whole thing was a shock. And some of us had met Holly. When we did hear about it, there was no suspect; police had no idea who was responsible.
But that night the story took a nasty turn. He had a year-old son, Leo, and Leo was now a suspect. Early the next day the boy was apprehended many miles away, hitchhiking along the New York Thruway near Buffalo. I remember that day, Oct. I remember because I got rather passionate during an argument in the newsroom about whether we could use his name, since he was only Normal practice involving teen crimes was that the names were withheld from publication.
But this was different; this was murder, and so I felt the rules be damned. Some others in the newsroom held the more traditional viewpoint: At that age -- I was days away from turning 28 -- I tended to emotional extremes when I felt that rules were absurd and obstructionist; and so I did that day.
I argued passionately and found, ultimately, that the powers that be at the paper leaned in the same direction. I remember all of this in some detail because of the prominent people involved in the crime; because the victim was more than a statistic to me; and because I felt it was just flat-out right to inform the public about what was transpiring on a story so important -- so affecting, really, that it still resonates with me all these years, nearly 42 of them, later.
There is, in fact, a reproduction of the Watertown Times back page that day, Oct. And in a curve-cornered box at the bottom of one of several stories we carried that day was this: But that page aside, I remember the case too because of how it ended. Officials threw the book at the kid -- but it was a very thin, very light book. Then he would have to be turned loose unless he, for some reason, desired supervised treatment beyond that. I have no indication available that he did.
That was the law back then, since changed. We have fulfilled our mandate to this county. All that remains of it are the memories -- of Watertown, which I left three years later, and of Holly Gilbert. The victim of a brutal crime. One such instance came while I worked at The Leader in Corning in the late s. The paper was celebrating its th birthday, and I was told by the publisher to write an account -- warts and all -- about a day in the life of the newspaper.
The publisher failed to read it until 15, copies of the special section that held my story were printed and stacked for delivery, set to go out on a specific upcoming day. Within my story was mention of some friction that existed between the paper and Corning Inc. Corning is essentially a company town. The publisher discovered the specifics of my story a day after the print run, but before delivery, and had a conniption; he hated to rile the ruling class.
Even mention of friction with Corning Inc. I snapped and told off the reporter right there, in front of everyone -- passion welling to the surface and spewing out across the conference-room table -- until the publisher stepped in and basically sent us to our respective corners. Then he said he would get back to us; would have a decision on what, if anything, he planned to do.
The reporter and I avoided each other the rest of the day, lest violence erupt. The publisher's decision, I learned the next day, was to trash all 15, special sections and reprint them with my story reworked according to his specifications.
Since the cost of the move was significant, I thought for sure I would be fired Anyway, I grabbed and still have several copies of the offending section, plucked from their pile before the destroy order was carried out. What they thought was what they thought; they were entitled to their opinions, as I am to mine.
Sometimes a reader who didn't see things my way engaged me with direct broadsides -- which is to say unpleasant criticisms. There was one reader in particular -- a woman with a child in the local school district -- who I seemingly set off with regularity.
On several occasions I had snarky emails waiting for me from the woman as soon as I awakened in the morning. The pen and ink drawings -- depicting scenes in an African American barbershop, lunch counter, small-town neighborhood, and church -- contain lucky numbers attached to almost every surface, so you can bet what you see, and as Rev.
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Over pages of easy-to-understand explanations, directions, charts and illustrations make this the biggest book of fortune telling ever! Within these many pages you will find in-depth information on lucky numbers for each sign of the Zodiac, the geography of numbers, divining the future with cards, dice, or dominos, and using numbers to choose the right day for particular activities.
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Guaranteed for hours of entertainment, this pocket-sized reference might just lead to a better-balanced life. Use the valuable wisdom inside as a tool for living harmoniously with your genuine character--whatever your sign. Zonite 24 pages, saddle-stitched. Numerology can answer dozens of questions about character traits, upcoming opportunities, careers, and relationships. All you need is a name, a birth date, and this book! Within minutes, you can learn how to use the numbers 1 through 9 to calculate the energy vibrations around almost anything in your life, from love to the lottery.
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It is the way that these energies combine and relate to one another that determines how and why you behave the way you do; by comparing your numbers with another person's, you can explore your relationship to them. Plot the numbers of your birthday, and you can see the direction of your future. The Mystical Arts, by Lauren David Peden, hardcover With simple arithmetic, Numerology teaches how to interpret special numbers such as birthdate numbers and personal year, month and day numbers.
This step-by-step guide clearly explains the basics of this 2, year old science, as well as advanced research conducted in the past few years on dermatoglyphics. This book's unique illustrated and interactive format is designed to give you instant access to the ancient art of palmistry. As you answer a series of simple questions, you'll discover how easy it really is - even the novice can begin reading hands immediately! You'll learn how to interpret the length of the palm and fingers, the four hand types, thumbs, marks on the fingers, the lines, fingernails, the mounts, timing in the palm, and even the meaning of rings.
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Then follow the color-coded drawings to locate the line on your palm and to learn what it means. For example, changes in your career are revealed by breaks in the Line of Fate coded purple , and the course of a love affair can be forecast by the Line of Affection coded green.
Soon you'll even be interpreting the hands of your friends and family with confidence! A pendulum is an effective tool, yet small enough to carry around and use anytime to plumb the depths of your subconscious - and beyond. In Pendulum Magic for Beginners, Richard Webster shows you how to use a pendulum for magic, self-improvement, and psychic development. You'll also learn about Huna, the little-known methods practiced by the Hawaiian Kahunas to create magic and miracles.
This dream book is unique in that the Pick'Em system consists of pages of lists of dream keywords with 9 consecutively-numbered selections for variations on the image. The 10th number in the set, deemed a "Special," is picked to play on designated days of the week. The dreams are given interpretations and forecasts.
There are also 5 pages of women's names, 4 pages of men's names, and 12 pages of monthly number picks. The best known and best selling introductory work on the use of the occult tarot cards for divination and fortune telling, with pointers toward their further use in spiritual training.
A real help to those who want to learn how to read tarot in questions of love, money, and luck. Illustrated with the extraordinary Oracle Images from the companion deck, it is perfect for those who sincerely seek self-understanding. With insight, compassion, and gentle wisdom, author Ana Cortez reintroduces the world to this historically significant and effective form of divination, one that uses the ordinary deck of playing cards in the way it was originally intended.
Open this book and read it; examine and study the deck. Then let the Oracles speak. Dreams by David V. The Predictions Library consists of 6 fact-packed mini-books by David Barrett covering the basics of divination according to many of the most popular systems. Learn dream meanings and dream interpretation, how to read handwriting graphology , the numerological meanings of names, palm reading, casting runes, and tarot card reading in this series of handy matching guides.
Each book is a hardcover with a dust-wrapper and is heavily illustrated. Despite their small size, these six books are filled with interesting historical information, beautiful full colour illustrations, and, best of all, practical explanations of how to tell the future.
They make great little gifts, too! Graphology by David V. Numerology by David V. Palmistry by David V. Runes by David V. Tarot by David V. Zonite 48 pages, saddle-stitched.
Hitts 80 pages, saddle-stitched. Talbot 64 pages, saddle-stitched. Talbot Originally published in ; this is a facsimile of the revised ed. This famous lottery dream book contains 46 pages of dream keywords.
There are no interpretations for the dreams, just sets of 3-digit number picks. In addition to the dream numbers, there are 17 pages of numbers for ladies' and gentlemen's names, 1 page of leading jockeys's names of the s!
While druids followed the stars and Greeks sought counsel from the Oracle at Delphi, the "spae-wives" of the Scottish highlands found the answers to life in the tea-leaf patterns in their cups.
Lines of dust meant journeys, swans foretold of love, and snakes warned of disaster. These and other symbols were passed down from generation to generation. This work reproduces the writings of an anonymous Scottish seer who recorded the secrets of the ancient art of reading tea leaves, including an alphabetical list of the various signs and their meanings.
It features illustrations of sample cups, and their interpretations show how to weave and balance the symbols together, transforming a cup of tea into the voice of the Fates. The book combines that manuscript with modern writings on the history and philosophy of foretelling the future. The Norse employed them as tools for communication, and the Vikings would use them as wisdom before embarking on a journey or entering battle.
Runic scholar Kaedrich Olsen reclaims the transformative power of the runes for readers today as a key to unlocking our potential for personal growth and our life's vision. Runes for Transformation is unlike any other rune book on the market, with Olsen's unique techniques and applications for this ancient alphabet including affirmations, NLP, visualizations, and meditation, as well as the historical background essential to embarking on this path. A highly respected teacher and transpersonal path worker, Kaedrich Olsen posits that the time for this "deeper working" of the runes has come and this will aid readers in both personal and collective evolution.
Runes for Transformation is a rich resource and excellent guide for readers to take the steps to change their lives with a boldly modern approach to the ancient runes and for "change that really matters. Practical, fun, and easy-to-use, this guide will show you how to combine wisdom from the cards with your intuition and common sense to achieve a new understanding of the past, present, and future.
Kenner introduces the basics - why tarot works, its colorful history, spreads, ethics, giving readings - along with practical techniques for timing predictions and enhancing your psychic skills. The personality of each card is brought to life through myth and legend, numerical and astrological symbolism, and keywords gleaned from legendary occult scholars. You'll soon learn how to read these classic images and, with practice, divine meaning from signs and symbols in everyday life, too.
Should you begin a new relationship? Is this a good time to travel? Any question can be answered simply by consulting the Tarot. This unique guide brings clarity to one of the most popular forms of divination, providing concise, contemporary interpretations of the 78 cards in a conventional deck.
Detailed descriptions, reverse meanings, and key points provide further illumination and add to the accessibility of Simply Tarot. This book consists of pages of dream keywords with several three-digit and three-pair numeral combinations for each dream, plus a predictive interpretation or forecast. There are also 6 pages of men's names, 7 pages of women's names, 12 pages of horoscopes with lucky numbers, 1 page of Lucky Lucille's Hot Hits, 1 page of monthly Lucky Star Forecast numbers, 1 page of numbers for "Things You See and Hear," 1 page of numbers for "Hunches," 1 page of numbers for brands of automobiles you may see, 1 page of daily number picks to use "If Your Dream Does Not Appear" elsewhere in the book, and a 1 page introduction.
Number Interpretations by Stella pseudonym Orig. This book consists of pages of dream keywords with several three-digit and three-pair numeral combinations for each dream, plus a predictive interpretation.
There are also 6 pages of men's names, 7 pages of women's names, 12 pages of horoscopes with lucky numbers, 1 page of numbers for "Things You See and Hear," 1 page of numbers for "Hunches," i page for "Automobiles," and 3 pages of short number lists for "Miscellaneous," Ladies' Clothing," "Gents' Clothing," "Months with Birthstones," "Days of the Week," " Holidays," "If You Attend" and "If You Get," plus a 1 page introduction.
This wonderful "Quick and Easy Guide to Tasseography" is the best modern book on the subject of telling fortunes by tea leaf reading according to traditional Scottish, English, and Irish methods. It also teaches how to read coffee grounds in the Eastern European style. Profusely illustrated with images of tea-leaf and coffee ground symbols, it gives the time-honoured meanings for the images, along with historical overviews of tea and coffee, including their social impact and some of their medical uses.
If you need just one book on tasseography, to get you started reading tea leaves for friends and clients, this is the one. It is fun, upbeat, informative, and completely accurate with respect to the "old ways" of fortune telling in a teacup.
This book consists of 61 pages of dream keywords with several three-digit numeral combinations for each dream, plus a predictive interpretation or forecast. There are also 2 pages of birthday numbers 1 by the Gypsy King and 1 by Professor Zonite , 1 page of wedding anniversary symbols and their corresponding 3-digit numbers, 1 page of monthly "Super Specials for All Popular Totals," a 6 page article on numerology, and a 1 page introduction describing The Gypsy King.
The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot details the ten most important symbols on each and every card in the deck complete with hundreds of illustrations for easy use. Writing in a convenient format designed for quick reference, European tarot authorities Johannes Fiebig and Evelin Burger also provide tips, hints, facts, and lore to improve your reading right away.
A Guide to Yoni Divination and Magic. Jeremy Weiss While researching character and divinatory readings, Dr. Jeremy Weiss discovered a system for modern day yoni reading, based on ancient texts and information transmitted to him in his travels.
Jeremy Weiss is a vascular, interventional, and diagnostic radiologist in Seattle who received his degree from Nova Southeastern University, trained at Columbia and Harvard, and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Nothing on this divination tradition has ever been published in English.
Describes how to give a domino reading, the meanings of each domino and how to read combinations. Provides instructions for prayers and offerings to enhance your "fate". Sometimes called "Mexican Bingo," Loteria is a fun game for the entire family -- and the Loteria cards contain highly symbolic images that many find as useful as cartomancy cards when asking simple questions requiring highly iconic answers. If you love the Loteria images -- and if you find them significant, as many people do, check out our hand-painted Loteria boxes in the Altar Tools and Ritual Supplies section of the Lucky Mojo catalogue.
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China Doll Head, Medium Antique porcelain glaze doll heads assorted features and poses. China Doll Head, Small Antique porcelain glaze doll heads assorted features and poses. Guardian Angel Coin, Brass, Obama. Sacagawea Dollar Coin, Brass. Scrying is the ancient art of receiving messages and prophesying through visions obtained by looking into shiny surfaces, including polished stones, mirrors, crystal balls, and even pools of liquid.
The most popular devices are crystal balls -- including both coloured and clear ones, made of natural stone or glass -- and scrying stones, traditionally made of semi-precious or precious stone, of which the hands-down favorite has always been black Obsidian.
Quartz Crystal Point 1"-2" Rough Natural. Jet Palm Size Scrying Stone. Labradorite Palm Size Scrying Stone. We have many sizes of scrying spheres or Crystal Balls, in several types of crystal, mineral, and stone.
Sizes range from the size of a large marble through palm balls and up to large spheres weighing 10 lbs. Stock on these items changes constantly, so please call the shop at Agate, Onyx Banded Sphere, Assorted, 1". Band Inclusion Sphere 2".
Agate, Green Banded Sphere 4". Amethyst Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Amethyst Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Amethyst Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Amethyst with Quartz Matrix Sphere 1". Amethystine Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Aventurine, Cinnamon Sphere 1". Aventurine, Cinnamon Sphere 2". Aventurine, Green Sphere 1". Black Tourmaline Sphere 2". Bloodstone Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Calcite, Green Sphere 1". Calcite, Honey Sphere 3". Calcite, Orange Sphere 2". Calcite, White Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Calcite, White Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Calcite, White Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Calcite, Yellow Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Calcite, Yellow Sphere, 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Calcite, Yellow Sphere, 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Calcite, Yellow Sphere, 4" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Calcite, Honey-Yellow Sphere 5" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Calcite, Glow-in-the-Dark Sphere 3". Emerald in Matrix Sphere 2". Fluorite, Rainbow Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Ruby in Fuchsite Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Ruby in Fuchsite Sphere 2. Ruby in Fuchsite Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Goldstone, Sparkly Glass Sphere 1". Howellite, White Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Howelite, Dyed Turquoise Sphere 1".
Jade, Green-Grey Speckled Sphere 2". Jasper, Brecciated Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Jasper, Chohua Picture Stone Sphere 1".
Jasper, Green Sphere 1". Jasper, Kambaba Sphere 3". Jasper, Lemon Sphere 1". Jasper, Lemon Sphere 2". Jasper, Ocean Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Jasper, Orbicular Sphere 1". Jasper, Rainbow Sphere 2". Jasper, Red Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Jasper, Red Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Jasper, Red Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Moonstone, Pink Sphere 2". Obsidian, Black Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Obsidian, Black Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Obsidian, Black Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Obsidian, Black Sphere 4" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Obsidian, Black Sphere 5" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Obsidian, Black Sphere 6" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Obsidian, Black Sphere 7" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Obsidian, Black Sphere 9" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Obsidian, Mahogany Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Obsidian, Mahogany Sphere 4" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Obsidian, Snowflake Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Onyx, Black Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Onyx, White Sphere 2". Petrified Wood Sphere 1". Poppy Granite, Blue Sphere 2". Pyrite Sphere, Pinhole Crystal Structure 2". Quartz, Clear Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Fused Clear Sphere 8".
Quartz, Fused Red Cloud Pattern Sphere 4" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Fused Red Cloud Pattern Sphere 5" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Fused Red Cloud Pattern Sphere 7" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Quartz, Rose Sphere, 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Rose Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Quartz, Rose Sphere 3" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Rose Sphere 4" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Quartz, Smokey Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Rhodonite Sphere, 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Selenite, Orange Sphere 4" Happiness. Serpentine Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Serpentine Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Sunstone Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Tiger's Eye Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive.
Tiger Eye Sphere 2" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Tiger Iron Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Unakite Sphere 1" The image shown is typical of the stone named, but does not display the individual sphere you will receive. Colour and pattern of natural stone will vary. Aventurine Plumb Bob Pendulum.
Amethyst Plumb Bob Pendulum. Amethyst in Slinky Cage Pendulum. Bloodstone Plumb Bob Pendulum. Black Tourmaline Faceted Pointy Pendulum. Calcite Stone Tear-Drop Pendulum. Carnelian Crystal Point Style Pendulum. Carnelian Plumb Bob Pendulum. Coppertone Shorty Long Metal Pendulum. Coppertone Spiral Style Metal Pendulum. Coppertone Turnip Style Metal Pendulum. Goldtone Plumb Bob Metal Pendulum. Goldtone Pointy Cone Metal Pendulum.
Goldtone Shorty Long Metal Pendulum. Goldtone Spiral Style Metal Pendulum. Goldtone Turnip Style Metal Pendulum. Moonstone White Plumb Bob Pendulum. Moonstone Pink Plumb Bob Pendulum.