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Local Commentaries

Daffodils, the flower of spring

The star of the spring garden show is always the daffodil. One of the most dependable of the spring flowers the daffodil will bloom, multiply and thrive often with the complete neglect of the gardener. Even though the house down the road has been abandoned for many years, the hundreds of ...

The new healthcare

Self-care is the new healthcare. Self-care is any activity that we do in life in order to take care of our physical, mental, and emotional health. Taking care of yourself is the same as self-care. The challenge is identifying the different things that we need to do individually that make ...

I didn’t check the weather forecast

“One’s reach should not exceed his grasp,” is a truism I should have abided by a few years ago when I decided to expand my nautical endeavors by acquiring a one-man rowing scull. I’ve done a modest amount of rowing over the years, including when I had a sailboat moored off Presque ...

COVID-19: A college student’s perspective

As I’m writing this piece, I’m sitting in the middle of my bedroom at home, completely unpacked and moved back in an entire month and a half before I anticipated. More than half of the students on my campus have already vacated the premises since Chatham University announced the switch to ...

Nature: Inside and out

Nature creeps, crawls and slithers into our world every day. It is hard to draw a line between what we consider the human world and the natural world. Really, that artificial line doesn’t exist. The houses we live in are no different from the dens and nests of animals, aside from providing an ...

Education and common sense

Fear is defined as an unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, real or imagined. Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavior changes such as fleeing, hiding or freezing from perceived traumatic events. ...

To heal the divide

Before anyone starts yelling at me, I promise you I am not being flippant about a potentially-serious worldwide pandemic. People seem to be falling between one of two camps — those who lean toward keyword ‘potential,’ and those who lean toward keyword ‘serious.’ Whichever way you ...

And you will just know

Let’s talk about dating for a minute. Yep, I’m going there. In a culture where dating seems to consist of swiping left and right and random hook-ups, have we lost its true meaning? I mean, with all the different relationship scenarios these days, how does anyone go into a first date ...

Overcoming adversity

My whole story starts when I was 18 years old and, to pass time, I would go to the high school baseball field nearly every morning and night by myself — hitting baseball after baseball to what felt like escaping reality. When I was at the field, it was me, the ball, and my music; nothing ...

The last I saw of Lorelei

Our family, in general, and myself have owned a good many small boats throughout the years, ranging in size and speed from a lapstrake Lyman runabout powered by a 25-horsepower Johnson outboard down to a 10-foot wood and canvas kayak. Except for the boat which is the subject of this article, ...

Finely-honed laser

Every once in a while, it feels like I should buy my wife jewelry. Not because I’ve done something wrong, but because we have three sons who are so much like me, and this isn’t a compliment. It’s downright scary. There are times our house is more like a Wild West saloon The ruckus when ...

My favorite job title yet

I was deemed coach’s daughter at a very young age. Wrestling is my dad’s life. The running joke between my sister and I is that his love for wrestling is and always will be greater than his love for his own children. We know that he loves us with his whole heart, but to see his ...

(Wedding) food for thought

A Pittsburgh wedding blog, Burgh Brides reported that 88% of couples believe their vendors should receive the same meal options as their guests. So, what does the other 12% want their vendors to eat? A lot of wedding venues provide meals for vendors, which sounds great to a couple as they all ...

Hospice is help

What are your feelings about “hospice”? Have you ever had the experience of hospice being involved with a loved one? Was it a good or bad experience? Many people know about hospice. People seem to be glad to know the service is there. However, when it comes to using the service for ...

Birthstones, flowers of the month

Sometimes I am actively looking for something to write about; other times I stumble upon something that tweaks my interest. In either case, I am off and running. The column this morning came from some of my random research. I stumbled on facts about the months of the year. I found many ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because…well, you’ll see. Hearing no objections It had been a while, but at the recent meeting of the City of Warren Redevelopment Authority, I witnessed my ...

Where, oh, where is ‘Y’

Where have all the millennials gone? Numbers show the millennial generation decreasing in small, rural areas. However, the millennials are leaving the major cities as well. So, where are they settling down? Many young adults said they leave their home towns because they do not feel ...

Docs & clocks

I try not to be late. I really do. But at this age, I’ve finally realized I‘m a bit set in my ways. And going my way has never been early. I’m saving early for my next life. I’ve spent some time trying to figure it out and all I can really come up with was that my mother was always ...