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Show some patriotism on Independence Day

July 2, 2016 I believe in patriotism. I fly the flag. I hope that some of you do as well. We are a nation that has strayed from our roots. more »»

I bless the rain (and get out of the way)

July 2, 2016 I read a mother’s lament on facebook. . “ Both boys have jobs now and that is new... And shocking to me. Adding to the busy-ness, but I suppose that is good for them. more »»

Take the first step

July 2, 2016 What a difference a year makes. Last year during our trip to Outer Banks, I didn’t like going to the beach. I’m not sure many people who weigh over 350 pounds enjoy walking in sand. It’s not eas. more »»

The first rule of Book Club...

July 2, 2016 The first rule of Book Club? I’m not sure. I think there aren’t any real rules. more »»

Reenactors’ primer 2016

July 2, 2016 ‘Tis the season. more »»

Prosecuting Nazis?

July 2, 2016 The CNN lead caught my attention: “A German court convicted a former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp of acting as an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people, Anneli Neumann, spokesperson for... more »»

It’s (past) time for Pennsylvania pension reform

June 24, 2016 Since the 2009-10 school year, the Warren County School District’s annual pension costs have risen from $1.7 million to $7.2 million…and they’re still climbing. We’re not alone. more »»

Assault on Knight Island invaders

June 23, 2016 Early Monday morning a platoon of rugged goats made an amphibious landing on Knight island, just above the Glade Bridge. more »»

Father days

June 20, 2016 He was wiggling his bat. I’d just gotten back from out of town in time to see his second at bat a couple Sundays ago. more »»

How about some rhubarb?

June 18, 2016 My whole family likes rhubarb, but some of us like it better than others. I finally made that sauce with orange juice (in my second cookbook). It was as delicious as I remembered. more »»

The stories of old men

June 18, 2016 When you buy a house, well, sometimes you find treasure. more »»

My personal day

June 18, 2016 If you had asked me in December if I’d want to cash in my personal day in June to go to the Penguins Stanley Cup parade, I’d have probably just made sounds like a wounded animal and ask what I’d don... more »»

Living in the Lego minefield

June 18, 2016 Kids are smart. One of my kids? Scary smart at the moment. But I’m not going to tell her that. People used to tell me I was smart. And I was smart, I guess. Not Sheldon Cooper smart or anything. more »»

Feelin’ the bliss

June 18, 2016 Ignorance is bliss. Great saying. That phrase goes all the way back to a poem written by Thomas Gray in the mid-1700’s. It gets even better when you learn the rest of the line. more »»


June 18, 2016 Following protocol Sometimes, the rules just don’t apply. At the end of an ad hoc committee, the newly appointed chairperson was ready to adjourn. more »»

A road trip!

June 4, 2016 Just returned from a road trip to North Carolina. I had been through the area before, but had never spent an extended time there. more »»


June 4, 2016 Behind their glasses, Abby’s 7 year old eyes grew wide in astonishment. “Today’s your birthday too?” “Yes,” I answered and right away, she wanted to know how old I was. more »»

Getting along with the ANF

June 4, 2016 You and a friend have been hiking on the Allegheny National Forest all day, having such a good time that you have not paid much attention to where you have walked or exactly where you are. more »»

If I were that parent

June 4, 2016 “This beautiful gorilla lost his life because the boy’s parents did not keep a closer watch on the child. more »»


June 4, 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 »»



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