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April 26, 2010 - 10:09am
posted by Darrick Coleman in BARNS, photos.

 100 1/400s f/5.6@24mm Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS

Take a look at more WNY photos at my blog at www.darrickcoleman.com!

April 24, 2010 - 10:51am
posted by Darrick Coleman in Le Roy, Blogs.

Does anyone know why there are so many cars parked at the park and ride on 19 in LeRoy? As far as I could find out the Rochester Park and Ride no longer comes out to LeRoy.

July 13, 2009 - 2:59pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in photography.


I shot this yesterday after it rained, something good did come of the rain! More photo details at my blog.

July 8, 2009 - 2:39pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.

BATAVIA, NY – Author Naseem Rakha will be at Present Tense on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm to sign copies of her debut novel, The Crying Tree.

The book, which reaches into the heart of a family nearly torn apart by a mother’s act of forgiveness, has received considerable advance praise including being featured at the Emerging Voices series at BookExpo America and has been selected for the Barnes & Noble autumn Discover Great New Writers program.

In The Crying Tree, Nate and Irene Stanley’s 15-year-old son is murdered and they wait for the day his killer will face execution to bring closure. After years of waiting, Irene is faced with a growing sense that Robbin’s death won’t stop her pain, and she takes the extraordinary step of reaching out to her son’s killer. The two forge an unlikely connection that remains a secret from her family and friends.

Then Irene receives the notice that Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month. This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family and as the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the past. Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable book about the unbreakable bonds of family and the transformative power of forgiveness.

Naseem Rakha is an award-winning journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. Prior to journalism Naseem taught Holistic Resource Management to farmers, ranchers and tribes throughout the US and Canada. Naseem is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she received her degree in Geology. She now lives in Oregon with her husband and son. 

The book signing on July 29 is free and open to the public. Present Tense, a locally-owned, independent bookstore, is located at 101 Washington Avenue, Batavia, NY. For more information call (585) 815-7640, or visit www.presenttensebooks.com.


June 28, 2009 - 9:46pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in photography.

I shot this today after it rained, something good did come of the rain! More photo details at my blog.

June 4, 2009 - 1:16pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in photography.

Photo details here.

June 3, 2009 - 12:11pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in photography, Poppy.

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June 1, 2009 - 11:48pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in photography.

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May 28, 2009 - 12:09pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.

Click below to view larger, or visit our website for more information: http://www.presenttensebooks.com/events/index.php

May 6, 2009 - 4:53pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Corner Vacuum Shop, local shopping.

I *was* in the market for a new vacuum cleaner after borrowing my friend's Dyson dc17 animal. After doing plenty of research online I decided that that was the vacuum for me-I have a large, shedding black lab.

I started my search online to get an idea of what the vacuums cost. Then I searched for vacuum shops in Batavia. I was shocked that there was a locally owned, independant vacuum shop right in Batavia!

I gave the Corner Vacuum Shop a visit this morning and came out a happy man. I got a factory reconditioned (which saved me about 25%) Dyson dc17-which I was assured is as good as new. The owner of the shop gave me great information about other vacuums and said his shop would take care of the vacuum if I had any problems with it, even beyond the Dyson warranty. He even threw in an extra $20 filter for free!

If you're in the market for a Dyson specifically, or a vacuum in general, stop at the Corner Vacuum Shop before going to Walmart, Target, Sears, etc. You won't be disappointed in the good ole fashioned service/price (the chains don't carry factory reconditioned models).

FYI - I am in no way affiliated with this store-I just wanted to pay them a well deserved compliment!

May 6, 2009 - 12:14am
posted by Darrick Coleman in Present Tense, photography.

I happened to be at the store (Present Tense books at 101 Washington Ave) this year when this tree burst! 



Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Lens: Canon 10-22mm
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/400 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 10mm
Flash Used: No
April 28, 2009 - 3:34pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in books, Present Tense.

Each year Present Tense holds a poetry contest and announces the winners at the end of April, which is National Poetry Month. More than 75 poems were submitted for this year's contest. The 2009 winners and poems are listed here: http://www.presenttensebooks.com/events/contest.php

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April 24, 2009 - 12:20am
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, Present Tense, book review.

The publisher is billing this book as fatherhood for dummies, and that about sums up this honest and funny memoir. Lewis decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is his record; it is an account of ordinary family life recorded from the man’s point of view. Lewis finds himself expected to feel things as a father that he doesn’t feel, and to do things that he can’t see the point of doing. At first he feels guilty but then he realizes that many other fathers share the same feelings. The humor and writing is very similar to a Bill Bryson book complete with brash, witty jokes. A good Father's day gift for Dad!


Present Tense Books - www.presenttensebooks.com

101 Washington Ave. Batavia, NY



Release date May 18th.

January 13, 2009 - 2:56pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in books, Present Tense.

Used Book Sale at Present Tense

Saturday, January 24, 2009

10 am to 4 pm

One day only. All used books will be half price (hardcovers will be $2.50 and paperbacks will be $1.50)! Stock up on good books to get you through these long winter evenings!

January 13, 2009 - 1:59pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements.

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The Young Adult Book Discussion group meets at Present Tense on Friday, January 16 at 4:30 pm to talk about The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Click here for more information: http://www.presenttensebooks.com/events/yabookdiscussion.php

January 13, 2009 - 1:57pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements.

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Lunchtime Book Group at Present Tense meets tomorrow, January 14, at noon. The book for this month is The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson. The Lunchtime Book Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Present Tense.

December 9, 2008 - 5:08pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in batavia, Google.

Google has recently updated their Maps with Street View for Batavia. Here are a few places of interest:

City Hall

Present Tense Bookstore

Holland Land Office

Genesee Community College

 It's fun to see if you can find your car or someone you know walking the streets. What do you think, is this an invasion of privacy?

October 31, 2008 - 11:15am
posted by Darrick Coleman in nation and world, Recycling.

I heard about this a while ago but forgot about Home Depot's initiative to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). This is really important as CFLs contain small amounts of mercury which is extremely poisonous. It is actually "illegal" to throw these bulbs in the regular trash. During my recent visit to the Batavia Home Depot I saw one of these CFL recycling boxes. They are located right in front of the returns counter as you enter the store. This is very responsible of Home Depot and we should really take advantage of their efforts! Here is more information from the Home Depot site.


And here is more information about CFLs and why recycling them is important:




October 28, 2008 - 11:55am
posted by Darrick Coleman in politics, bill kauffman, nation and world.

This article is from April when Hillary Clinton was still a possible option. It is a very interesting read and, as the usual Kauffman style, illegitimizes all candidates as being from "nowhere... or everrywhere". In the end it is a very interesting use of 5 minutes of your time during this election season!

October 21, 2008 - 8:33pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Pok-A-Dot, books, bill kauffman, John Gardner.

On Saturday October 18, 2008, Genesee County residents gathered to remember John Gardner, a well-known novelist and university professor who was born in Batavia, NY. He wrote more than twenty works of fiction, children's stories, poetry, and literary criticism. Among his most popular novels are Grendel (1971), The Sunlight Dialogues (1972),  Nickel Mountain (1973), and October Light (1976). Gardner died in a motorcycle crash near Susquehanna, PA, in 1982. He is buried in Batavia's Grandview Cemetery.

Ten people volunteered to read excerpts of Gardner's works for the evening's program including author Bill Kauffman and his daughter Gretel, a student at Elba High School; Tracy Ford, Associate Professor of English at Genesee Community College; Batavia Muckdogs President Brian Paris; and Erica Caldwell, owner of Present Tense bookstore. This was the 12th annual "Batavia Reads John Gardner" event at the Pok-a-Dot.





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