Almanack Contributor Dick Monroe

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 @

Monday, February 26, 2024

Swamp Things

swamp things comic books

“Beneath Flowing Water Lies Firm Ground”

Lost deep in life’s swamp, facing cancer, fear, and a doctor’s deadly prognosis. Mired in muck, desperately seeking firm footing, how I found hope’s inspiration through boyhood comic book lessons, U.S. Army Ranger School Instructors, duck hunting trips with my father, and Swamp Things.

To read the full story, click the link and read on:

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Nuclear Snowball


An Adirondack Outlaw “winter fun” memory story.

Adirondack Outlaws are daunting snowball fight opponents. They’ve had years to hone their arms & their aim, are always prepared for a fight,  and show up locked, loaded & armed with all types of ammo.

 Sometimes even including lethal, TOP SECRET, game changing weapons like nuclear snowballs.    

To read the full story, click the link and read on:

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Net Zero

candle on a table

As the world confronts the global impacts of global warming and elected leaders scramble for legislative solutions to the climate change crisis confronting all of us, there is something that the powers that be should remember as we sometimes collectively lurch our way towards achieving “Net Zero”:

“Every Goal has Its Price”

This story mingling the current climate crisis with personal experience is fiction.

 Or is it?

To read the full story and decide for yourself, click the link and read on:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

My Rifle For A Rose

a young couple with roses

A St. Valentine’s Day Story 

Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw was stationed at Fort Drum.  Thirty-four years ago, a young nurse stole his heart. Thirty-four years ago, a young Army Captain fresh out of Ranger School fell on love’s battlefield.  Thirty-four years ago, Cupid’s arrow pierced a young soldier’s heart. Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw traded his rifle for his rose.

Thirty-four years later, love’s rose still blossoms.

For the full story, click the link & read on:

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

When The Ghost Whispers “Dig”

This story is my salute to Black History Month. Written as historical fiction, this tale actually represents an intensive, one might even say possessed, multi-year endeavor of excavation, research, analysis and discovery.

I have long been fascinated by the fact that my land and home here in Jefferson County, on a long, low plateau nestled between Watertown and the War of 1812 stronghold at Sackets Harbor, has direct links to the home I grew up in in Saranac Lake.

Not only were both part and parcel of “Macomb’s Purchase”, but the “Military Road” that runs past my current home’s property was originally planned as a military supply route linking Sacket’s Harbor to Plattsburgh, which would have taken it directly past my boyhood home in Saranac Lake.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Saranac Lake Spirits

saranac lake spirits

Satanic Worshippers performing graveyard dances under the light of the moon? Unsuspecting high school co-eds falling into freshly dug graves? Conjuring spirits with the help of a Ouija board? Ghostly visits from beyond the grave? Is Saranac Lake’s historic Murray House really haunted?

Saranac Lake’s 2024 “Creepy Carnival” is nigh upon us!  To discover more about what “Saranac Lake Spirits” may still lurk, click the link and read on:

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Just Roman Around the Carnival

saranac lake winter carnival parade

As Saranac Lake prepares to cut ice palace blocks for 2024’s upcoming “Creepy Carnival,” I thought folks might be interested in this 2023 lookback at 2023’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival festivities.  A photo journal essay captured on camera as my wife and I shared an enjoyable event filled winter’s day.  We are never quite certain who or what we will encounter, when we spend time together in my heart’s hometown “Just Roman Around”.   

For our full 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival lookback photo journal story, click the link and read on:

Sunday, January 21, 2024


high school football team photo


As NFL football moves into playoffs on its way toward the Super Bowl, I thought Id share this high school football memory story. Sometimes a young student-athletes most important life lessons arent learned in a classroom. This high school football moment was one of them.

Leadership isnt always defined by the score.

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

Photo: Fall 1979, Saranac Lake Varsity Football Team, 1980 Canaras Yearbook photo. Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Monday, January 15, 2024

A Perilous Moment

Sheepdog in the snow

A Perilous Moment

This true canine rescue story actually took place several years ago, during the March thaw, a bit closer to spring. However, given this years mild temperatures, I thought this might be an opportune time to share it, as a precautionary warning:


For the full story, click the link & read on.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

I Remember

A Piece of the Berlin Wall I Remember

As our great nations elected leaders squabble over whether or why the United States of America should continue supporting Ukraines war effort defense against Russian invaders aggression, an oft quoted saying comes to mind in this moment:

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

I hope and pray those we have chosen to lead never forget the harsh, hard-fought lessons history has bequeathed us.

To read the full story, click the link and read on.

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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.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

‘Twas the Last Day of Goose Season

Stuffed Canada Goose with Santa hatTwas the Last Day of Goose Season

Waterfowl photography, a goose hunters backstory, & a humorous take on an alltime Christmas classic. A Merry Christmas to All! The Christmas spirit sometimes finds a hunters heart in its own special way. For the full story, click the link & read on.

Thursday, December 14, 2023


Boy in fur hat


Never captured. Still believed to be at large. Outstanding warrants remain in two counties, both Essex and Franklin. Considered armed & dangerous. Still sought by police. For the full story, click the link & read on.












Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Hungry Bay’s Howl

Map showing Middle Saranac LakeHungry Bays Howl

When Middle Saranacs fall winds whipped up an appetite, escaping the ravenous jaws of Hungry Bays Howl quickly turned a father/son hunting trip into a test of survival. For the full story, click the link & read on.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

Lake Effect Life

House with yard full of deep snowLake Effect Life

Ive lived primarily in two places during my life, Saranac Lake and Watertown, New York. On any given day, from October through May, one or the other is either the coldest or snowiest place in the lower 48. Sometimes both.

When I say the term Lake Effect,” North Country folks know exactly what Im talkin about. Especially those hardy souls who live & work along the Adirondack Parks western Tug Hill Plateau Blue Line boundary.

As we head into 2023s winter holiday snow season, I thought Id share a flashback to last years Christmas storm mayhem. For the full story, click the link & read on.






Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

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