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I’ll always be a band kid

May 21, 2016 Alright, alright, I think we’ve established that I’m a nerd. We know this by now, right? Good. more »»

Talk about digging up a story

May 21, 2016 I’ve never done the genealogy thing. Not intentionally anyway. My aunt handles that. The other day I went to Warren County School District’s central office to dig up a story. more »»

18 years ago

May 21, 2016 I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to say in this column. I had written a column on Monday and shared it with Jon Sitler. He said it was fine. I didn’t like it. more »»

Piling on

May 21, 2016 The dorm floor was the social unit at S.B.U. and there were initiation rites to be become “one of the guys.” Most of it was perpetrated on the freshmen by the sophomores. more »»


May 21, 2016 Superlative language During a budget discussion, a school board member said the members could choose the options they like most. Another member found that language misleading. more »»

Voice of ‘Das Bull’

May 14, 2016 While other parents are hustling back and forth between baseball practices, travel soccer, or other activities in the spring, Jodi and I spend a decent amount of time hustling our youngest son, Seth... more »»

Common courtesy

May 14, 2016 One day as I made my morning commute I heard the people on the radio discussing that it was Common Courtesy Day. I never knew there was such a day. Off and on they mentioned some common courtesies. more »»

Hot messes & wookie pups

May 14, 2016 I often refer to myself as a hot mess, as a mother and as a human being. I need to stop doing that. Because I just looked up “hot mess” on Urban Dictionary, and I’ve been misusing the term. Badly. more »»

Saturday is International Migratory Bird Day

May 12, 2016 We are all aware that some birds are migratory, and that some migrate thousands of miles twice each year. Most of us enjoy seeing migratory bird. more »»

The summer squeeze

May 12, 2016 Summer compresses time in that weird way where it lasts forever and flies by at the same time. There are so many things to do in the warmer seasons that it is hard to fit everything in. more »»

When a mother is a best friend

May 7, 2016 Think about your relationship with your mother. How do you view her? Is she your best friend and ally? I think when children are young they do not fully appreciate the concept of motherhood. more »»

Jude’s reminder

May 7, 2016 Jude Dippold wrote a post on Facebook that finished off with “Whether or not I am able to write or to accomplish everything on my to-do list is not important. more »»

Healthcare Discussions With Debbie

May 7, 2016 As a young naive woman, I recall having a discussion with my now husband and his cousin while heading back to Villa Maria College, and Gannon University, respectively, after a weekend home. more »»

A freaking peacock was standing in the road

May 7, 2016 I hate running over animals. Now, I’ll admit, if it’s a deer vs. my car, that’s just going to leave me angry. I don’t feel bad when it’s a dee. more »»

Dear teachers, thank you

May 7, 2016 Dear Teachers, I hated you when I was in elementary school. I was undomesticated. I was wild. more »»


May 7, 2016 Budget season, duck season The school board is loaded with new and exciting things for new members. Like... budget season! At his first budget workshop, one board member said to his fellows... more »»

Run Rev: Twin Lakes has a bit of everything

April 29, 2016 The Allegheny National Forest is working with Running Revolutions on a series of articles about healthy activities, connecting with nature and learning about some of the wonderful recreational... more »»

Learning to lighten things up

April 23, 2016 Everyone in my family has an interest in lightening up the food we eat. When I read a recipe or see something made I think about how I could make it lighter. more »»

Liberal in America

April 23, 2016 I am not sure when it happened, but it seems to have become a crime to be poor. Well. more »»

‘Nice knowin’ ya’

April 23, 2016 If you never see my byline again after this, it’s because my mother has given up on her usually kind, loving, and peaceful (unless we’re watching hockey or football) ways, and has actually taken me... more »»



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