Local Commentaries

Nothing but a pleasant time

A post on social media has had me thinking for a week or so. A friend asked for input from anyone in their mid-thirties or above on a question regarding a social interaction that I find myself experiencing more and more as I age. “How far do you go in continuing to make the first contact ...

My… ‘Between Dirt & Sky’

I am flying to San Francisco see the musical, Between Dirt & Sky. Traveling over 2,500 miles to see a show may seem excessive... until you understand that Between Dirt & Sky is a musical I have written with my writing partner and friend, Lisa Quoresimo. While interviewing at San Jose ...

Wedgies and wedges

Ever get a wedgie? For those unfamiliar with the adolescent practice, a wedgie is performed by thugs who grab the waistband of your underwear and yank it upward to create the wedging effect. On Seinfeld, we were introduced to the “atomic” wedgie, a new concept to me, in which so much ...

Spring has sprung

I just read about a garden that had Bachelor Buttons growing. That reminded me of my great-grandfather. The garden beside his home had those and they were so pretty. I tried to grow some once, but they never took. Temperatures have been on the yoyo pattern during this early spring. ...

The merry prankster

William loves humor. Unfortunately, he's just not very good at it. He has a ready store of jokes. Some are funny (and usually old enough that I remember telling them in my own childhood). For instance: “Knock knock!” “Who's there?” “Little old lady.” ...

Internal dialogue

I had a recent discussion with someone who experienced a loved one taking their own life. The conversation itself did not dive too deep into the circumstances surrounding why, or the emotional roller coaster leading up to the tragedy, but what it did do was leave a lasting impression on me. The ...

I love Friday the 13th

Yesterday was Friday the 13th. I really kind of love the heck out of everything that is supposed to be unlucky. If I have to choose a number for anything, or am told I can choose any of a set of numbered things, I will choose 13. Or, if they go high enough, I’ll totally take number 666. ...

The shot

Prior to 2008, I had never really attempted anything remotely close to photography, outside of a couple of classes in high school, that I may or may not have taken because it was better than whatever the alternative would have been. Nevertheless, my time at the Times Observer has forced me to ...

High school fashion

Yesterday I received an update for a reunion that will be held for my high school class this fall. Memories flowed as I read what was planned. Although I have seen my classmates since graduation I still picture them just as they used to be. I grew up in the 60s so the fashion from that ...

Dream on

I was having lunch with a friend the other day when another friend approached our table. She said: “I have to tell you about a dream I had! We were having lunch with Viv and Bob in this beautiful garden!” Viv and Bob were my in-laws and they died several years ago. This woman and her ...

You’re from where?

I’ve noticed that when young people introduce themselves it’s by their first names only. I’m always waiting to hear their last name. If I ask them the reaction seems like “Why do you want to know?” I guess I want to know because that’s how we grew up, learning who people were by ...

Good luck, job seekers

Hey, wanna know what turns me into a twitchy, neurotic pile of unnnnnnngh? Sure you do! You’re disturbingly interested in me. We all know it. It’s fine. It seems like every person who’s ever interviewed anyone, for any job, in the history of ever, asks the same six to eight questions, ...

Pleasantly confused

I have the opportunity to sit in on the Interdisciplinary Team meeting for Hospice of Warren County. The typical group includes a doctor, a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist, a dietitian, several RN’s, social workers, counselors, chaplains, and administrative staff members including ...

Our elders

A couple months ago I mentioned finding some things that I had put away for safe keeping. Today I am back to one of those ideas. My cousin found this and shared it with me. I read it and put it away for future reference. In other countries the old are revered, but in our country, they ...

Always a choice

I'm just curious. Just say you had some pretty strong opinions on fashion, say you even considered yourself an expert on the subject. Does that expertise give you the right to walk up to a total stranger and say, “Hey, those pants make your butt look enormous” or “You might not be aware ...

On the side

I caught a few minutes of a Dr. Phil show the other day. He was talking to a seventeen year old girl caught up in a prostitution ring. She had all kinds of crazy ideas about her self worth and her pimp who “cared about her.” That’s a common theme in these deals. But one thing she said ...

Not in my sandbox

So last Sunday was a fun day. And I’m not being facetious at all. I did something really stupid that I’m not willing to tell you about because I do actually have some boundaries, believe it or not. I know. It’s amazing. But after I did the stupid thing that I did, that wound up ...

Food poisoning and growing pains

Last week, I had a 24-hour case of food poisoning. And, I realized: Nothing puts things back into perspective like getting food poisoning. It’s like shock therapy. See, prior to my quick run-in with illness, I’d been stuck in a depressive episode. And getting physically sick felt like ...

Easters: Long ago to the present

Years ago Easters were different than they are today. Church has always been part of our Easter. First I went to Sunday school, then we all went to church. My mother often sang in the church choir. If she was singing I sat with m grandparents and my Aunt Marnie. I remember than my aunt ...

119 days – and counting

Yup, 119 days left until retirement. But who’s counting? Me. I am. On the one hand, I can’t wait. But the flip side is, I don’t want to go. When I was offered the job as Executive Director at Struthers Library Theatre, I was already past retirement age. Recently widowed at ...