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Local Commentaries

Finding spiritual peace on the water

Editor’s Note: This mini-series will explore Christian themes seen through kayaking and canoeing. An avid kayaker recently said to me, “It is a perfect day to kayak. I observed the wind and today it is just right.” He then proceeded to tell me how the wind was coming from the northeast ...

What is your purpose?

“We spend so much time eyeing other people and wishing we could do what they do that we don’t realize that we’re not doing what God would have us do.” Blueberry Beach by Josie Gussman ı ı ı Do you ever wonder what your purpose in life is? At times my purpose has been crystal ...

A top movie for a lifetime

In 1986, one of the most iconic movies of our generation hooked me. Bad. I thought Top Gun was over-the-top exciting, and fun. But it just so happened that it was incredibly reminiscent of my wonderful early years. I knew those guys. No, I did not know Tom Cruise or Val Kilmer or Anthony ...

Our endangered democracy

I am increasingly worried about the state of our precious American democracy (and yes, I am aware that it is actually a constitutionally-limited democratic republic, but will use the term “democracy” here to simplify things) given the ongoing efforts by one of our two major political ...

Inside the melting pot, a family view

America is justly known as a “melting pot” where immigrants from a host of countries mingled and intermarried Thus, when I was growing up in Erie, I had a good number of acquaintances who were products of these unions. While Southwest Erie, where I lived, was an area of mixed ...

View from Hickory Heights: An anniversary

It was twenty-eight years ago that my first column appeared in the Jamestown Post-Journal. The column is actually a little older than that. Prior to the publishing by the newspaper, I wrote a column for a small giveaway magazine and did a Search-a-Word puzzle for that. As I began working ...