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Coping with changes

December 31, 2011 “If I have to explain, you won’t understand.” Harley Davidson Co. As 2011 slips away and 2012 enters it is time to remember, then to move on. more »»

It’s all good!

December 31, 2011 We sure do approach life in some funny ways sometimes. A friend locked her keys in her car the other day. more »»

He likes the car, but doesn’t like feeling road

December 31, 2011 Dear Tom and Ray: I recently purchased a 2006 Mazda MX5 with 48,000 mile. more »»

Holiday cacophony

December 31, 2011 When Dylan was five, he had a cowboy themed bedroom. He is now 25, and his tastes have changed. He’s not interested in being a cowboy, having discovered the joys of programmable logic controls. more »»


December 31, 2011 Utilities should learn from 2011 One of the biggest stories of 2011 was the weather. Mother Nature pounded Pennsylvania with hurricanes, tornadoes, historic rainfalls and early snowstorm. more »»

Gifts and wrapping

December 24, 2011 Life is very much like a Christmas gift. Just as gifts are a mystery, life is not always what it appears to be either. Some people wrap their lives in beautiful things. more »»

Curious for the taste of it

December 24, 2011 I have shared a lot of stories in this column since 2007. more »»

Run-flat tires are best option

December 24, 2011 Between yesterday afternoon and this morning, I have had three flat tires. The tire that was flat yesterday had a screw in it, and the tires that are flat this morning have finishing nails. more »»


December 24, 2011 Wanted: the stuff you wrote about After getting a chuckle out of the interior vinyl in a previous Afterthought, newsroom staffers faced an unexpected situation. more »»

Santa is coming to town

December 24, 2011 Well, tonight’s the night. I’m sure the big, red elf himself has already left the North Pole, heading for New Zealand, and all those other island countries that are a day ahead of us. more »»


December 24, 2011 The congressional redistricting maps released last week have drawn reaction ranging from resignation — “that’s politics!” — to ridicule — “Republican Rorschac. more »»

Memories of visiting the store Santas

December 17, 2011 In the day when I was a child no respectable department store was without a Santa. That said, I recall that several stores in town did not have Santas. more »»

Back to Square Two

December 17, 2011 Imagine a scale from 0 to 100, lying on its side. It’s kind of like a thermometer with very cold on the left end and very hot on the right. more »»


December 17, 2011 Bribery is the best policy Hoping to draw a few visitors to a recent meeting, an official offered pizza for those who would show up. more »»

Funny the way it is

December 17, 2011 I took my last final Monday. That’s it. I’m done with classes. And then, the planets aligned themselves in a way that hasn’t happened for a very long time. more »»

Pay actual charter school costs

December 17, 2011 As lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett accelerate the move to alternative forms of public education, they continue to ignore funding disparities that adversely affect school districts and taxpayers. more »»

People, alike - different

December 9, 2011 A group from this area recently traveled to New York City. Although a wonderful place to visit, I would not want to live there. The frenetic pace is tiring and the city lacks in some areas. more »»

Share the Wealth!

December 9, 2011 These days, it’s tempting to say: “What wealth?!!!” In a recent Warren Times Observer front page poll the questions were: “Will you give more, less, or about the same amount to local charitable... more »»


December 9, 2011 Mixing business with pleasure Some hunters are more dedicated to the hunt than others. But it appears one school official has found a way to take a day off while still taking care of business. more »»

Wrapping up Christmas

December 9, 2011 Well, I’ve finished buying “the stuff” and I’m feeling pretty good as I write this on December 8th. I’m never finished Christmas shopping this early. more »»



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