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Saving the tiny treasures

January 18, 2014 The bright paper sun hangs high on the wall directly across from my wingchair, my nest. It’s where I read the morning paper, my mail, magazines and even an occasional book on a rare quiet evenin. more »»

Gary ties one on

January 11, 2014 I met a friend downtown the other day and noticed his necktie. I have quite a collection of those, some from when they were expected dress for businessmen and some I collected just for the fun of i. more »»

Homemade bread weather

January 11, 2014 What kind of weather does it have to be for me to want to make bread? All I need is a day that is cold so that I want to have the oven on. Our close to zero days certainly fulfilled that. more »»

Paddy: The cat came to stay

January 11, 2014 My long haired black cat, Nash, came to me from the streets. I was cautious about taking him in mostly because I was afraid that he belonged to someone els. more »»

Remember the milk man!

January 4, 2014 In days gone by milk was actually delivered to homes in town. I grew up in a small town and remember the milk man fondly. My mother worked at a dairy in town. more »»

First footing

January 4, 2014 People in Scotland observe a New Year tradition called “first-foot. more »»

New Year brings beginnings

December 28, 2013 he winter solstice just passed so we are into the shortest time of daylight. I get up when it is still dark, and the light disappears before supper. more »»

Special Christmas memories

December 21, 2013 Just before Thanksgiving we had no electricity for nearly 12 hours. That reminded me of a Christmas long ago when we had no powe. more »»

The gift needed most

December 21, 2013 Someone recently asked me how long I’ve been appearing in the Times Observer. I told them since April 2007, but my mother reminded me that I first graced the newspaper back in December 1969. more »»

Recovery and the holidays

December 16, 2013 I recently wrote an article about safe drinking and making safe decisions during the holiday season. more »»

‘Tis The Season

December 14, 2013 On Friday night, downtown Youngsville was turned into Christmas Town. The event, which was sponsored and organized by Youngsville Borough, brought several hundred people downtown. more »»

Christmas cookies past and present

December 14, 2013 This week I started making my Christmas cookies – oh, I know on television they call them holiday cookies – but to me they will always be Christmas cookies. more »»

SitComm: Hitting the pause button

December 4, 2013 I’m not saying I’m ready to let go. On our birthday trip to the Splash Lagoon indoor water park last week, my 11-year-old daughter showed me another example of her growing independence. more »»

The little ones

November 30, 2013 Each time you shop you have a decision to mak. more »»

Sobering statistics Part 2

November 30, 2013 The holiday season has begun and this tends to be a busy time of year for many of us. more »»

Life’s great at all ages

November 30, 2013 I saw one of those posts on a friend’s Facebook which said, “I’ve realized that being a grown up is simply not going to work for me.” Made me laugh. more »»

The Rookie

November 30, 2013 A couple Sundays ago, I was sitting in a really nice seat, just off the corner of the end zone, at Heinz Field watching the Pittsburgh Steelers come from behind to defeat the once again... more »»

What do people really celebrate?

November 23, 2013 In this nation of ours that seems less Christian than ever, I wonder what people who do not believe in God really celebrate when they celebrate Thanksgiving. more »»

Sobering statistics (part one)

November 23, 2013 You have most likely seen the roadside DUI signs that say “You cannot afford it.” I would like to say that society cannot afford it. more »»

C’mon A My House

November 23, 2013 Rosemary Clooney had a huge hit with “C’mon A My House” many years ago. I couldn’t help but laugh at that memory after I accepted Richard’s marriage proposal last Christmas. more »»



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