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Adding insult (and newspaper work) to injury

August 22, 2016 For most of a week, two of the plants around my front porch were badly trimmed lumps. more »»

 
 
 
Ready or not, here comes school

August 20, 2016 The opening of school is up in the air where I live. There is an ongoing contract impasse and the teachers have authorized a strike. They have worked under their old contract for two extra yea. more »»

Teeth are like nails on a chalkboard

August 20, 2016 Dude, teeth are gross. I hate everything about them. More than anything, I dread the day that my kids start losing their teeth. more »»

A study of (a lack of) common sense

August 20, 2016 “Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that a woman at Presque Isle State Park was reportedly sitting on the beach putting peanut butter on her toes in an attempt to feed a coyote. more »»

Don’t expect to me to win any fudge

August 20, 2016 It’s time for the Rock in River. On Saturday, I will gather up my eldest son, Alex, and head for Franklin’s Riverfront Park to throw rocks in the Allegheny River. more »»

Brick by brick

August 20, 2016 The long-awaited project began, finally, today. The Struthers Library Theatre, where I spend my workdays, is beginning an improvement project – its first new construction since 1919. more »»

Special support for seriously-ill children

August 20, 2016 Hospice and Palliative Care professionals face an everyday challenge – breaking through the perception that accepting help from this specialty is “giving up” or giving in to death. more »»

Unplugged

August 6, 2016 Many young people today probably do not even know what the term unplugged really means. When I refer to being unplugged I mean disconnecting from everything that requires electricity. more »»

‘Well, are you an idiot?’

August 6, 2016 “Momma,” Harper wails at me one morning as I wrestle soggy slices of bread out of their egg bath and slap them onto a nice hot griddle. “June called me an idiot. more »»

Harry Potter — really, the best thing ever

August 6, 2016 I’ve been going to Harry Potter releases basically for as long as there have been Harry Potter releases. more »»

I’d slept on the floor long enough

August 6, 2016 Some people get paid to travel the world, sampling exotic foods on a television show. That sounds like a good gig. I get to write about how I get hurt. Not as good. more »»

Tennis anyone? Golf?

August 6, 2016 I heard this story about a guy who played tennis all his life then suddenly and mysteriously, he switched to gol. more »»

America’s favorite dessert

July 23, 2016 There was no doubt about it my husband loved ice cream. After barn chores were done especially in the summer months he enjoyed a big bowl of ice cream. I do not think he had any favorite flavor. more »»

Summer in the Second City

July 23, 2016 It has been over forty years since I last visited Chicago and boy, has the Second City changed. The Chicago I remember from the 1960’s and 70’s was heavily industrial, a steak and ale town. more »»

Catching bass in the weeds

July 23, 2016 Fishing had been good during the last couple of hours before sunset. We caught several largemouth bass. Most were less than 13 inches-long, but a couple of 2-pound fish made things more interesting. more »»

Raising Promethea moths

July 23, 2016 When I was 8 years old and in second grade my aunt bought me a kit to raise Monarch butterflies. I was then, and still am obsessed with butterflie. more »»

The tickling equivalent of a banzai charge

July 23, 2016 “I’m going to bore a hole and I don’t know where,” I sing as I raise my hand, index finger pointed squarely at the writhing body of my four-year-old, and wind the finger clockwise in an even-tempere... more »»

Afterthoughts

July 23, 2016 Going fads While debating the pros and cons of backyard chickens at a recent meeting, one planning commission member brought up another upcoming urban livestock fad: goat. more »»

We’ll sing in the sunshine

July 23, 2016 That was a tune written and sung by Gale Garnett in 1964. Won her two Grammies…. The tune shows up on “oldies” radio from time to time. more »»

My bleeding heart song

July 16, 2016 I’ve had it. more »»

Like Judge Mrfmrfmrfmrfmrf runs her courtroom

July 16, 2016 Recently, during a bedtime...moment. Yep, we’ll say moment. more »»

 
 

Toddler Time at Library August 29, 2016

Toddler Time, stories, songs, craft, creative play for ages 0-4, Children's Room, Warren Public Library, 10:30 a.m. No preregistration required (no class Feb . 20). more »

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The Trickle - Harambe

June 1, 2016 I'm going to go off of my usual beaten path here and give the nod to the humans. Not long ago, a three-year-old did some dangerous trespassing at the Cincinnati Zoo. more »

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