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March 5, 2016 Moving on A contributor to this column stretch it while, according to him, keeping his comments at a public meeting short. The meeting when for about 70 minutes without an agenda. more »»

A Letter To My Team

February 29, 2016 Dear 2016 PIAA AAAA District 10 Girls Basketball Champions, You know who you are. more »»

Man, she probably loves hip-hop

February 29, 2016 I bet when you look at me, your first thought is, “Man, that girl probably loves hip-hop.” Obviously, right? Right? Yeah, okay, fine. You got me. more »»

Everything is getting smaller!

February 27, 2016 One does not have to be a genius to see that nearly everything you buy these days comes in smaller packages. more »»

My priorities are as follows

February 27, 2016 In this weight loss journey that I’ve been on, I’ve done a lot of online reading about nutrition and diets. I’m looking for recipes, ideas, and I even look at food that’s not very health for m. more »»

A rare day

February 27, 2016 I found out I know three people born on February 29. One must be in her 90’s, the others, probably, early 40’s. So they’ve had, maybe 23, 10, 11, birthday. more »»

Gift of Love

February 27, 2016 In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin wrote that in a letter back in 1789. Not much has change. more »»


February 27, 2016 William turned five last week and I really could not wrap my head around that fact. more »»

The Super Pigeon

February 27, 2016 It’s pretty seldom that I come up with ways for the Times Observer to save money. That’s not in my job description. But this time, I think I have the one. Genetically-engineered super pigeons. more »»


February 27, 2016 Accountant wanted One political party recently sat down to talk to some new county politicians to get to know them. more »»

The bird is not the word

February 24, 2016 Like most offices, the Times Observer receives many visitors. On Monday, one of those visitors was, to be frank, pretty flighty. I think it was a sparrow. Bob insists it was a chickadee. more »»

‘The hardest part is over’

February 24, 2016 “The hardest part is over,” I told my daughter, who lay stiff as a board, left arm at a right angle to her body and a horrified grimace tugging the corners of her mouth toward the center of the eart... more »»

Something sour from something sweet

February 20, 2016 Years ago when my son and his family lived in a trailer down the road he had a beautiful garden. He tended it faithfully, and his produce flourished. That year he had a bumper crop of cabbage. more »»

Ockham’s Razor = me!

February 20, 2016 “Ahhh, don’t overthink things,” a coworker wrote to me one evening earlier this week. To overthink is, apparently, my verb. It’s what I do. Overthink: verb. See? According to dictionary. more »»

Sky Time

February 20, 2016 Old habits die hard. I’m pretty sure I don’t even think much about some of my day-to-day habits. more »»


February 20, 2016 I have a coffee problem. I’m not too big to admit it. I love the stuff. more »»

Like a brick house

February 20, 2016 My maternal grandfather, “Nonnu” to me, and my cousins, and all the kids in Kushequa, came here from Italy about 100 years ago. He was barely out of his teens. He worked making bricks and tile. more »»


February 20, 2016 I’m not much of a gambler. Unless you consider buying a Powerball ticket when the pot is over $500 million gambling. In that case, yes, I gamble. more »»

Squirrel Wars: May the nuts be with you

February 18, 2016 If you live on the edges of town, or out of town near nut bearing trees, you probably have witnessed squirrel wars. Gray squirrels and red squirrels are regular visitors to feeders in my backyard. more »»

And he was beautiful

February 15, 2016 I saw a helicopter the other day. Nothing new there. With Warren General Hospital down the road, seeing and hearing emergency medical choppers is close to a daily event for me. more »»



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