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 @ adirondackoutlaw.com.


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: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/saranac-lake-spirits/


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: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/just-roman-around/


Sunday, January 21, 2024

Playmakers

high school football team photo

Playmakers

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:

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE PUPS & BEWARE OF THIN ICE!

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

Sharpshooter

Boy in fur hat

Sharpshooter

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.


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Call of the Crow

Dead buck

 

Call of the Crow

With fall hunting season in full swing, heres a cautionary tale. This story was recently selected by HarmoNNY Performing Arts Community for their fall 2023 dramatic live reading event held at the Sackets Harbor Ballroom.

Good luck hunting. Be safe out there.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Editor’s note: Due to an issue with the Adirondack Almanack email, we’re running this post again. We apologize for the error. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Trailhead to a Wedding

Wedding register

Trailhead to a Wedding

Sometimes the journey is everything and the best part of a gift is the box. A proud father’s trek to a wedding. For the full story, click the link & read on.

 

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Editor’s note: Due to an issue with the Adirondack Almanack email, we’re running this post again. We apologize for the error. 


Thursday, November 23, 2023

Speaking In Tongues

Speaker, Dick Monroe, at the Adirondack Center for Writing

 

 

Speaking In Tongues

An Adirondack Outlaws fight to give his survivors journey a voice. This piece is for all the survivors out there. Live in the day you are in. Keep the faith. Stay strong. For the full story, click the link & read on.

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

Editor’s note: Due to an issue with the Adirondack Almanack email, we’re running this post again. We apologize for the error. 


Friday, November 10, 2023

Rock & Fire!

Veterans memorabilia

Rock & Fire!

My Veterans Day salute to all who have served. For the full story, click the link & read on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

 


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Call Me David

Gun clip

Call Me David

There are moments when a writer’s voice, his best weapon, must rise. This moment is one of them. When will our great nation answer the call? This story is fiction. The issues are real. How many must die? Click the link to read on.

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