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The odds are with the house

January 25, 2014 With gaming revenue up in Pennsylvania and a new Tavern Gaming License process going into effect this Monday, we thought it was an appropriate time to rerun this article about the impact of problem... more »»

Where the deer and the antelope play

January 24, 2014 As you read the title for this piece I imagine you thought of the old song that it was from – Home on the Range. Well I may not have antelope, but I do have deer, squirrels, and turkey. more »»

The deep freeze

January 18, 2014 A lot has been made of the weather this past week. Schools closed because of falling temperatures and the predicted high winds. I was lucky. I did not have to go out so I didn’t. more »»

Stigma holds back help for children

January 18, 2014 On a daily basis, children face challenges, stresses and demands that affect their mental wellness in a variety of ways. more »»

Saving the tiny treasures

January 18, 2014 The bright paper sun hangs high on the wall directly across from my wingchair, my nest. It’s where I read the morning paper, my mail, magazines and even an occasional book on a rare quiet evenin. more »»

Gary ties one on

January 11, 2014 I met a friend downtown the other day and noticed his necktie. I have quite a collection of those, some from when they were expected dress for businessmen and some I collected just for the fun of i. more »»

Homemade bread weather

January 11, 2014 What kind of weather does it have to be for me to want to make bread? All I need is a day that is cold so that I want to have the oven on. Our close to zero days certainly fulfilled that. more »»

Paddy: The cat came to stay

January 11, 2014 My long haired black cat, Nash, came to me from the streets. I was cautious about taking him in mostly because I was afraid that he belonged to someone els. more »»

Remember the milk man!

January 4, 2014 In days gone by milk was actually delivered to homes in town. I grew up in a small town and remember the milk man fondly. My mother worked at a dairy in town. more »»

First footing

January 4, 2014 People in Scotland observe a New Year tradition called “first-foot. more »»

New Year brings beginnings

December 28, 2013 he winter solstice just passed so we are into the shortest time of daylight. I get up when it is still dark, and the light disappears before supper. more »»

Special Christmas memories

December 21, 2013 Just before Thanksgiving we had no electricity for nearly 12 hours. That reminded me of a Christmas long ago when we had no powe. more »»

The gift needed most

December 21, 2013 Someone recently asked me how long I’ve been appearing in the Times Observer. I told them since April 2007, but my mother reminded me that I first graced the newspaper back in December 1969. more »»

Recovery and the holidays

December 16, 2013 I recently wrote an article about safe drinking and making safe decisions during the holiday season. more »»

‘Tis The Season

December 14, 2013 On Friday night, downtown Youngsville was turned into Christmas Town. The event, which was sponsored and organized by Youngsville Borough, brought several hundred people downtown. more »»

Christmas cookies past and present

December 14, 2013 This week I started making my Christmas cookies – oh, I know on television they call them holiday cookies – but to me they will always be Christmas cookies. more »»

SitComm: Hitting the pause button

December 4, 2013 I’m not saying I’m ready to let go. On our birthday trip to the Splash Lagoon indoor water park last week, my 11-year-old daughter showed me another example of her growing independence. more »»

The little ones

November 30, 2013 Each time you shop you have a decision to mak. more »»

Sobering statistics Part 2

November 30, 2013 The holiday season has begun and this tends to be a busy time of year for many of us. more »»

Life’s great at all ages

November 30, 2013 I saw one of those posts on a friend’s Facebook which said, “I’ve realized that being a grown up is simply not going to work for me.” Made me laugh. more »»



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