Local Commentaries

I Remember… (Part Three)

This period involves the early years of my marriage. We lived in a trailer for the first five years. People used to tell me it was cozy, but I thought it was crowded. Before we moved out we had two children. I bought some old day beds that my husband made new side rails for and we put the ...

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. Not half-full During a discussion of population in Warren County School District, experts were talking about the bell curve. While ...

Teachable moments

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Remember that? Did we really believe that words do not hurt? Words are pretty powerful, they can heal and they can hurt. What do you use your words for, healing or hurting? In today’s world, words are ...

A smaller, imperfect Christmas

Christmas decorating and baking, house prep and meal planning should be simple by now. I’ve been doing this countdown to Christmas for so many decades that I should have the process perfected. Forgeddabouddit. I’m lost as usual. I have no one but myself to blame. Isn’t our ...

Winter tips in caring for a person’s memory impairment

Winter is a hard time of the year for many of us. Slippery roads, lack of sunlight, less available fresh food, and the inability to sit outside are all limiting factors. For a person with memory impairment, these things can be exasperating. Caregivers may find the following tips useful in ...

If it aint fixed, break it

After moving away from Warren, whenever I found myself trying to explain to someone where I grew up, I sometimes feel as though I’m describing a Frank Capra film. It’s not uncommon for people to idealize their hometown, but since I’ve been back it’s really no exaggeration. But I ...

Visiting the UFO

My friend and I were out running errands when I said I had to stop at the United Fund office. “We’re going to visit the UFO?” he asked. Now I’ve been involved one way or another with the United Fund of Warren County for decades and have taken advantage of many opportunities to serve and ...

I Remember… (Part Two)

Once my great-grandparents died our Christmas customs changed. We still decorated the tree at great-grandpa's because my great aunt lived there. It was during this period that I was allowed to bring home the tramp art pieces I found in the attic. My grandfather refinished the two pieces. ...

Love/hate relationship with wildlife

I have to confess that I absolutely love the wetlands at the Audubon Community Nature Center. The swamps, ponds, and marshes provide everyday opportunities to see wildlife and plants that are hard to find in other places. There are muskrats swimming in the ponds, mink loping across the ...

Give yourself a gift

Forgiveness is one of those things that has always been “easier said than done.” Until I realized that forgiveness really has nothing to do about the other person and everything to do with myself. When we are angry with others for hurting us, we tend to harbor resentment and that ...

Assemblyman!

With the holiday season upon us, you may find yourself in need of a new piece of furniture or you may even find an unassembled gift under your Christmas tree. If that’s the case, take it from this recent three-time purchaser and assembler, you are in for hours of exhilaration. Actually, ...

Getting comfortable with uncomfortable

This past Thanksgiving is the first Thanksgiving I have been home with family in over 14 years. I tried a number of times in the past, but it never worked out. I have been looking forward to it ever since starting work here in June and I had a really nice time. A lot has changed over the ...

I remember…

Let me begin this series of articles with a prayer I found in a book I just read titled "Fame" by Karen Kingsbury. "God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close doors, not my will, my God, but yours." Amen. I pray that my memories of Christmas will ...

Pasta pangs

When I was a kid we called it spaghetti. I don’t think I even heard the word pasta until I was into my 20’s and it sounded upscale – fancier than spaghetti. Who knew about fettuccine, rigatoni, fusilli, orzo, and penne? I’m sure my Italian friends did, but back in the dark ages, my ...

Should have been walleye fishing

Nowhere that I know about is it written in stone that we must go deer hunting on the opening day of the regular firearms season. To be bluntly honest, I would rather have a limit of walleye than any deer other than a huge buck. Eating the walleye would be much more enjoyable and more healthy. ...

Local ‘old growth’

A common misconception about trees is that the bigger they are, the older they are. This is not always true. Using size to gauge tree age is very similar to comparing people’s age to their size. Humans start small, hit a growth spurt, and remain mostly the same in size as they age; very hard ...

Calling all parents

This past Monday and Tuesday, I had the pleasure of escorting a young man from Philadelphia to all the community schools — where he spoke to the 9th-12th-grade students. He also spoke at a community event for parents and community members. These presentations were made possible by the ...

‘To celebrate in song’

I have decided to do some trolling. “To antagonize online (or in this case, in print) by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.” (Merriam-Webster) I’m going to troll with regard to some Yuletide carols. “To sing loudly. To ...

The thrill of the hunt

These days you might say I am an armchair hunter. Actually, I never had a hunting license. I ate my breakfast with three deer watching. They watched me move about the kitchen preparing my breakfast, taking my vitamins, then eating. They stood grazing in the yard and did not move except to ...

The Final Five

Have you ever said something and then regretted it? I sure have. Some of those things were said years, even decades ago and I still regret them. Some other of those things were said more recently than that. But for the most part, I’ve learned not to say them in the first place. That took a ...