Local Commentaries

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 ...

Weather on the lake

Global warming has come upon us rather stealthily so that what we have come to accept today as normal is anything but when one looks back into past decades. From the perspective of my age, I can well recall winters past when the cold weather started early and endured for months, and when ...

Does honey grow on trees?

Have you ever spent what feels like an eternity scouring every shelf in every aisle of the grocery store for one last ingredient for a meal? If so, what’s your style? Do you just meander calmly until it appears? Do you ask someone who hopefully doesn’t just resemble a store ...

Knowledge is power

I received some education this week on a topic that is really the here and now. Social media. I come from a childhood of phones attached to the wall, playing Barbies in the backyard with my best friend Heidi, or Atari at her house; my first “cell” phone was in graduate school, and it was a ...

Identity protected

Rarely ever am I the least bit pleased with photos of myself but even my worst photo might outdo the "No Pic" head used to identify me this week. My lack of photogenicness prompted an internet search to see if there is a name for my affliction. That search led me to a couple of statements that ...

Wi-fi when you can rent?

If you've lived in Warren your whole life, it might seem like nothing much ever changes. For me, it wasn't until the first time I went away for an extended period was I able to notice when things were a little different when I came back. I first experienced this when the old brick buildings ...

Control over heart disease

You may think that you have little or no control over your health when it comes to heart disease, but the truth is that there are several ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and a host of other chronic ailments that often go hand-in-hand. According to the Center for Disease ...