Local Commentaries

The bunny terror tradition

As Easter approaches the traditional scramble for hidden eggs, wearing of bonnets and the opportunity to sit on the lap of an over-sized holiday character will provide memories for years to come. When I think back to my childhood, I can still picture a grassy area dotted with a few trees ...

Advertising — barn-style

Do you remember seeing barns with the Mail Pouch logo painted on them? They were once quite popular. Several years ago, I connected up with Harley Warrick, a Mail Pouch painter, in fact, the last Mail Pouch painter. We were going out to see our son who lived in Columbus, OH at the time. I ...

The ‘S’ word

Suicide. Does just the word itself make you uncomfortable? We have to get better, as a community, as a society in talking about this word as comfortably as we are in talking about our physical health crises such as cancer or diabetes. Physical health and mental health should not have a ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because…well, you’ll see. Couldn’t hurt At a recent municipal meeting, a council member was giving the invocation. After the usual prayer for good decisions and ...

Everything you ever wondered about Observation Status

Imagine you are sick and come to a hospital for care. The doctor decides to have you admitted to the hospital, but puts you in “Observation Status”. You have heard some things about Observation that makes you nervous but aren’t sure exactly what being in that status will mean for you. ...

Own it… or don’t

I saw a video on Facebook of a woman who was in a parking lot having just gone through a drive through and she was videoing herself. She had just experienced another woman getting enraged with her while in the drive-through line. She shared that this woman was making gestures with her hands, ...

Dream car

I pay attention to the ads on TV. Not because I’m doing research about the products, either. Matter of fact, I’ve crossed some products off my possible purchase lists because the ads are dumb. If my doctor ever prescribes a medication that has an ad that warns: “Don’t use this if ...

A spring tradition

During our church's seventy-fifth anniversary it was my job to go around and interview members and former members about things they remembered about the Akeley United Methodist Church. My husband and I called for appointments then went to visit. We even went out to Smethport to see one ...

Boundaries

Last week I discussed the state of your mental health has a lot to do with whom you surround yourself. I challenged you to observe the people with whom you spend your time in order to see if these were healthy or unhealthy (toxic) friendships. I discussed this from a point of choosing who you ...

Scarves, boots, and mittens!

Today there all types of scarves. Some of them are decorative only while others are serviceable. I have examples of each of these. Scarves are a very popular fashion accessory these days. I purchased one at a craft fair a few years ago that came with instructions on different ways to wear ...

Boundaries

Last week I discussed the state of your mental health has a lot to do with whom you surround yourself. I challenged you to observe the people with whom you spend your time in order to see if these were healthy or unhealthy (toxic) friendships. I discussed this from a point of choosing who you ...

Paper trail

On Thursday, Josh Cotton and I participated in an event at Warren Public Library. We tested out some new voting machines. Warren County will be purchasing new machines to be put into use no later than the 2020 Primary, and possibly as early as the 2019 General Election. Pennsylvania is ...

Doggy doodoo season

The snow has melted, at least for now, and soon it should be replaced with greenery for a while. This time of year isn’t the prettiest as stuff hidden by the white blanket appears. Brown leaves and random bits of garbage are expected. Stuff that wound up in front of a home when the ...

Doggy doodoo season

The snow has melted, at least for now, and soon it should be replaced with greenery for a while. This time of year isn’t the prettiest as stuff hidden by the white blanket appears. Brown leaves and random bits of garbage are expected. Stuff that wound up in front of a home when the ...

Scarves, boots, and mittens!

Today there all types of scarves. Some of them are decorative only while others are serviceable. I have examples of each of these. Scarves are a very popular fashion accessory these days. I purchased one at a craft fair a few years ago that came with instructions on different ways to wear ...

Dessert or salad?

When I put together my cookbooks it was hard to decide on the classification for some of my recipes. One recipe that comes to mind is bread pudding. Bread pudding is often served as a dessert. It can also be served as part of the main course. When I serve it as part of the main course, I ...

Toxic friendships

The state of your mental health has a lot to do with whom you surround yourself. There are times you cannot control who you around such as at work, however, those people that you call “friends”, those people you choose to spend most of your “fun” moments with or the people you turn to ...

Wise with words

Regardless of our job titles, some of us have our own idea of how we would prefer to be identified. When put in a situation where I have to identify myself, I claim to be a reporter. It’s accurate. I report stuff. But I also try to make reporting more interesting for both myself and the ...

Nomo, Momo!

By now hopefully, all TO readers are back to their regular sleep schedules since last week’s Thursday edition creeped everyone out. I am referring to the front page story about The Momo challenge featuring the image of a sculpture apparently created by a very talented Japanese artist whose ...

Ashes and more

With a late Easter this year Ash Wednesday is also later than usual. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season of self-denial and preparation to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus in the Christian faith. It happens on March 6 this year. Why is this season important? It ...