OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Clockwork Orange” novelist Anthony Burgess, born on this date in 1917, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”


Life Changes

My computer means a lot to me

I’m sure most of you will agree

That this new world of technology

Is without a doubt, a feature of life

Really difficult to live without.

I’m lucky my boys who live nearby

Always know the reason why

My PC might not work just right

They appear in a minute to relieve my plight.

I’d miss my friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Who knows, I could become not just old but bitter

Because like a kid I can’t run around the room.

I’d sit and think about doom and gloom

And all the things I can no longer do

Instead of enjoying the precious few

In a life well lived at a slower pace

Provided by the world of cyberspace.

– Diana Notaro


THE WRITE STUFF – Award-winning Buffalo News feature writer Anne Neville is guest speaker at the next luncheon meeting of the WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Price is $19. All are welcome. Deadline for reservations is Thursday. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909 or Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292.


LOOKING WAY BACK – As part of its centennial celebration this year, the YWCA of the Tonawandas wants to pay tribute to the people who built the organization when they hold a luncheon for the descendants of founders, former leaders and major supporters on April 13.

Organizers would like to reach the families of the women who hosted the Y’s inaugural open house in 1913 – Mrs. J. Albert Hobbs, Mrs. W.G. Palmer, Mrs. Donald McLean, Mrs. John Ayrault, Mrs. John Stitt, Mrs. Walter Dean, Mrs. William Hubman, Mrs. E.P. Smith, Mrs. Ethan Betts, Mrs. W. Britt, Miss W.H. Webster, Mrs. Stuart Cramer, Miss Josephen Kinzly and Mrs. Russell Wilcox.

They also would like to hear from former board members and employees, as well as the families of major supporters from the 1920s and 1930s such as Mrs. Charles Rand, Mrs. Reid Richardson, Mrs. Percy Humphrey, Catherine Rowley Lautz, Betty Bellinger, Mrs. Kenneth McLean, Mrs. Henry P. Smith, Mrs. H.B. Deegan, Mrs. Harold Hill and Elizabeth McLean. Call 692-5580.


HANDYMAN’S HELPER – Habitat for Humanity’s south ReStore at 1675 South Park Ave. offers the second in its series of do-it-yourself workshops from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tyra Johnson of Blue Sky Design Supply will discuss the use of eco-friendly paints on furniture, cabinet doors and picture frames to create decorating accents. The workshop is free and limited to 20 registrants. Register at the store or email


BRUSH WORK – A video demonstration of Chinese watercolor techniques by Linn Quan Zhen will be featured at a meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Guests are welcome. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


WATERFRONT LORE – The next installment of the Larkin Square Author Series presents Buffalo writer Timothy Bohen, whose 2012 book “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward” is in its third printing. He will speak and sign books from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Filling Station at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. It’s free and open to the public. Beer, wine and light fare will be available for purchase, along with Bohen’s book. For info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY –Susan O’Connor Baird, Barbara Multerer, James Starks, David Woods, Grayson Ruhl, Joan King, Justin Coyne, Sylvia Merriweather, Carrie Colson, John Vaccaro Jr., Abby Cook, Ryan Cook, Aaron Cook, Mark Rudyk, Gloria Plewinski.