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October 31, 2015 Arcane knowledge The company you keep can speak volumes about who you are. more »»

My thumb hurts

October 17, 2015 Disclaimer: Almost no humans were harmed in the making of this story. My thumb hurts. Months ago, I received a phone call with a strange reques. more »»

Delving into history

October 17, 2015 On a cool damp morning we twisted and turned as we made our way through the Allegheny National Forest. The trees were showing a bit of color, but they were by no means at their peak. more »»

The meaning of life?

October 17, 2015 That’s a question people have asked as long as people have been asking questions. It’s time for an answer and here it is. The meaning of life is to be born in simplicity in a small town. more »»

It’s Orange Season

October 17, 2015 We’re only halfway through pumpkin month and I’m already sick of the round, orange squashes. Pumpkin color, pumpkin flavor, pumpkin aroma – it’s everywhere – there’s no escaping the ubiquitous gour. more »»

Be informed

October 17, 2015 I’m one of those horrible people who tends to get their news from non-traditional markets. “Kiley! You work for a newspaper! What are you doing?! You’re ruining everything!” Etc. etc. etc. more »»

‘I side with...’

October 16, 2015 “I just took the 2016 Presidential election quiz and found that I side most with ...” Not the person I would vote for today. It is interesting. Give it a try. I went with isidewith. more »»

Need it or want it

October 3, 2015 Have you ever spent time with friends, a dinner, an all-day adventure, a weekend? When we gather with our circle of friends, we find that certain themes tend to emerge. more »»

Event triggers memories

October 3, 2015 Our family has always been interested in nature. I have fond memories of watching several of the eclipses that have taken place in my lifetime with my family and with my student. more »»

Way Downeast

October 3, 2015 During our Maine vacation last month, we spent a few days in Lubec. It rhymes with Quebec. If you’ve never heard of Lubec, you’re in good company. more »»

That little girl ... completely enthralled

September 29, 2015 This column almost ran before I actually went to see Mercyhurst women’s hockey play the Buffalo Beauts of the newly formed National Women’s Hockey League. I’m glad that it didn’t get publishe. more »»

The unwritten column

September 12, 2015 It is Wednesday night, and this is my last gasp. I have to get a column together tonight. We’ve had some terrible computer problems. We hauled it in to Dan Ralston for the second time in two weeks. more »»

Are we really doing better?

September 12, 2015 I remember the first time that a school year began that I was not part of it. At the time I was pregnant with our son. more »»

A ‘Shorts’ Story

September 12, 2015 I don’t know how universal this is, but our family referred to underwear as “shorts.” I suppose these garments evolved to protect sensitive areas from coarse outer garments. more »»

We’re not usually at a loss for words

September 11, 2015 I try to keep my columns pretty light-hearted with plenty of stupid jokes. Not today. In 2001, I was a sixth-grader at Norwin Middle School West. My friends and I started the morning of Sept. more »»

The day the headline read ‘TERROR’

September 11, 2015 It seems like yesterday. Especially as I sit in this office, in this building, and stare at a framed and matted front page with the bold headline in all caps, “TERROR. more »»

Write or wrong

August 29, 2015 When Cara moved to Afghanistan, something that was personally difficult for me was that I could not send her things. There was no mail delivery in Afghanistan. more »»

Do you know who Abner Doubleday is?

August 29, 2015 I remembered reading in a college physical education handbook about the origin of baseball. It seemed that Abner Doubleday was the “father of baseball”. Now I find that this is a myth. more »»

LFS, the secret affliction

August 29, 2015 Counseling is no joking matter so jokes about counseling tend to be of the “inside” variety and on the lame side. An example? If you insist…. more »»

Growing kids (part 1)

August 29, 2015 There is an old joke that goes There was once a man who didn’t have any kids but had six different theories about nurturing children. more »»



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