I first met “Santa” Jim Lockwood in 2013 when he was greeting children in the gazebo at Towne Center Plaza. He’s pretty much Webster’s resident Santa, greeting children at Village Hall during the holiday celebration, riding in the Parade of Lights, and visiting the Joe Obbie Farmers Market for Christmas in July. He’s one of … More Behind the scenes with Santa Claus
I don’t recall exactly, but I suspect this is another one of those columns which I had to come up with on the fly since I had absolutely no other ideas that week. I had recently returned from a car trip to the Midwest, and somehow found a way to mold that story into something … More What’s special about our towns?
More than any other column I wrote, this one definitely had the biggest effect on my life. I don’t remember how I heard about the jujitsu classes that Strike Back Martial Arts offered for children on the autism spectrum, but when I did, I was immediately intrigued. A martial artist myself, I had actually been … More Striking back against autism
Today’s “Afterthoughts” entry was not actually an East Extra column. Instead, it comes from a blog I originally posted in December 2019, featuring a piece I’d written for my friend Linda Hayes’ “We All Have a Story” photo installation at the Webster Public Library. The exhibit took a closer look at the lives and stories … More We all have a story — this is mine