Friday, December 29, 2023

The Ice Palace

Tree with Christmas lightsThe Ice Palace

Inspired by the harsh winter storms that are a hallmark of north country life, this throwback piece from early in my career as a writer is my Christmas/New Years gift to the Adirondack Almanack & their readers. I dont know about everyone else, but after last years epic snow dumping blizzard dumped on us over the Christmas holiday season via Winter Storm Elliott, despite the fact that this has been the 1st completely green Christmas that I personally can remember, I will not lie, I do not mind the break Mother Nature has gift wrapped for us.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year to all!

To unwrap the story, click the link & read on.

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

4 Responses

  1. louis curth says:

    Thanks for that fine holiday story. Your word pictures bring back lots of memories from the fifteen years my wife and I spent living first in Watertown, and then in Sackets Harbor.

    Neither of us will ever forget the lake effect winter storms and white-outs, nor the stunning sunsets over Lake Ontario that we enjoyed from the vantage point of the Sackets Harbor battlefield park.

    On a more personal note, it was also fun whenever I would bump into your dad at the Sears store, or have coffee and a chat with him at Dunkin Donuts. The bonds of rangers go very deep.

    Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year Dick.

    • Thank you & a Happy New Year to you, Sir. Dad always loved seeing & chatting with his DEC brethren. He considered all of you family. I grew up surrounded by DEC “Uncles”. Over the years, I have lost contact with most of them. I talk to Mal once in a blue moon by phone, & kept in contact with Gary H. for years, but the last time I saw him was a couple years back when I visited him at his home & he gave me lessons on leatherwood, blueberry planting, making charcoal, & bow drill construction & use. I still have the bow drill he made for me that day. You are always welcome here if you are ever in town. My Mom lives here with us. I’d love to share a cup of coffee & chat. Until then, be well.

  2. Smitty says:

    Nice story. Thank you Dick. We drive up to the north country via I-81. Man have I grown to dread those lake effect snows!

  3. Joel Rosenbnaum says:

    Dear Dick,
    Your stories brought back memories of growing up in Massena, N.Y. and the winter
    ice storms which had our family huddled around the fireplace. We kids loved it as
    school was usually cancelled, and we could strap on our skis in the front yard and ski over to the hills along the Grass River. We would spend all day there, setting up gates to practice slalom, and even built a small jump. We had one pair of jumping skis for the bunch of us! My father had a shop on Main St, and in winter would bundle up in a big fur coat and hat and, if it was snowing, he would be covered in snow, walking
    down the street. What a sight! Thanks for a winter North Country story which brought
    back many mnemories.

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