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About mountain barry

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., I grew up in a beautiful small town, where I could bicycle to the local golf course and to the Buffalo Bills training camp. My dad was from Kentucky and was a Naval officer in WW II. My mom was from a similar small town and could beat my dad at golf. I started my first publication, a weekly newspaper, in 9th grade, and have been at it ever since: college newspaper, graduate school, college press service, daily newspapers in New York, North Carolina and Kansas, business journals in Kansas and California; also corporate communications/p.r. in Kansas and the SF Bay Area. I have two beautiful children, one extraordinary grandson, three remarkable stepchildren and a patient, loving wife who also happens to be an eBay trading assistant. My dogs, cat, gardens and the basketball goal in the driveway round out the picture of my home in a small town in the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where mornings are foggy and afternoons are sunny.

New and improved Buffalo Wing Chili recipe, for the St. Andrew’s Chili Cook-off

I decided to re-post my Barry’s Buffalo Wing Chili recipe, in advance of this weekend’s annual St. Andrew’s Chili Cook-off in Ben Lomond, CA. It has all the basics of the original, with a few minor changes: letting the cooked … Continue reading

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Days in May: Kent State remembered

“Four Dead in Ohio” Monday, May 4, 1970. The first reports came from Kent State via a Telex machine in our College Press Service office, part of a small Telex network linking college newspapers around the country: National Guard shoots … Continue reading

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Where were you on Nov.22, 1963? The world changes for a 16-year-old in a small town.

Where were you on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963? Here is a chronology of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 (all times Eastern Standard Time) 12:39 am Air Force One arrives in Dallas 12:55 am Motorcade begins, the Kennedys and the … Continue reading

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Kilts, bagpipes and meat pies at the Kirkin o’ the Tartans and St. Andrew’s Feast Day Nov. 20 in Ben Lomond, Calif.

Wear your kilts! Bring your tartan! Hear the Kirkin O’ the Tartans! Sound the pipes! Heat up the pies! Celebrate St. Andrew’s Feast Day! Clear the dance floor! 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 101 Riverside Avenue, … Continue reading

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Dad joined the Navy…to SAVE the world

My Dad was an eyewitness to history. Lucky for me, he survived. When the U.S. entered World War II, my Dad was three months shy of 30, the upper limit for the military draft. But Pearl Harbor inspired the college-educated … Continue reading

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Sometimes it starts with a question: 50-year-old memories of a small Western New York town, East Aurora

One 1965 classmate opened the floodgates of memories recently by asking one little question in Facebook about Main Street businesses in our small town in Western New York, where nearly every local store had a family name attached. (We not … Continue reading

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Here is a 20-minute shrimp-lover’s delight

20-Minute Shrimp-Lover’s Delight This Italian-influenced skillet meal takes just 20 minutes from grocery bag to table. SHRIMP 1 lb (16-20 count) fresh shrimp (peeled, de-veined) SPICES sea salt (to taste) fresh ground black pepper (to taste) six cloves of garlic … Continue reading

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