It’s Never Easy

This is the second in a series of articles detailing the devastating impact of the November Storm upon WNY’s rural community and the remarkable ways in which people are facing and rising above the challenges.  Dave and Ann Phillips are a quiet-spoken, thoughtful couple whose lives are defined by their dairy farms where they breed, raise […]

Quote of the Day 11.26.14

“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture or its breed of useful animals.”—George Washington

Mother Nature’s Birthday Gift

This is the first in a series of articles detailing the devastating impact of the November Storm upon WNY’s rural community and the remarkable ways in which people are facing and rising above the challenges.  George and Paul Zittel are brothers. Specifically, they are the elders in a family of seven generations bound together by a […]

Quote of the Day 11. 24. 14

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence […]

Quote of the Day 11.19.14

“The real feminism for me was believing that I was worthy and that I deserved what everyone else deserved” —Oprah Winfrey speaking on the ideal of women’s equality and equal pay

Women Making A Difference

I have a lifelong friend, Vicki, with whom I have always shared a basic life philosophy: It’s not always about the money. You just need to do things because they matter and make a difference. Vicki and I have spent the adult portion of our lives acting on this philosophy.  And while it has undoubtedly fulfilled our […]

Women Who Dream

“All women dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous women, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible”. —T. E. Lawrence, British Army […]
Three Women and A Dream

Three Women and A Dream

It began as many of our BuffaloStyle / WNYMedia videos—with an email asking if we would tell a WNY story. This particular request concerned a new theater group, Unique Productions, partnering with the long-respected theater institution, Ujima. However the partnership was only the beginning of this story. As parents, we all think that our children are special—unique […]

A Tale of Two Theaters

My world this weekend has been defined by theater—-WNY Theater— and the amazing array of productions, actors and directors that define our community. I began on Friday with “The Crucible”, currently onstage at the American Repetory Theater of WNY. Founded in 2007, ART Artistic Director, Matthew Chiusa,has spent the last seven years guiding and forming this theater […]

Quote of the Day 11. 9.14

“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” ― Simon Callow, British actor famed for his roles as Charles Dickens 


Five people I know and love have died since May. I feel as if my heart has been rubbed raw and my soul twisted with regret for all the moments that now will never be. I am trying to make sense of the senseless terms of death. Not surprisingly, I can’t. No matter how many essays […]

Quote of the Day 10.31.14

“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” ― Mitch […]