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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 »»

Treasure chest from your family

November 16, 2013 No matter what the family is like there is a treasure chest of memories that are left behind by those who went before us. more »»

The fear of change

November 16, 2013 We all have it! It’s that comfortable old shoe, it’s the job we stay in because it’s what we know, it’s taking the same route to work, and even sitting in the same spot during meeting. more »»

Christmas shopping

November 16, 2013 I went shopping on Black Friday only once in my life. I packed up three kids and we drove to the newly opened Corry Walmart. more »»

Farm fresh food

November 9, 2013 There is a price to pay for all of the beautiful specimens that the stores offer. People are becoming more concerned about the quality of the food. more »»

The 418 Club

November 9, 2013 “Garbage in, garbage out.” I became familiar with the expression when I first used a computer back in the early 1980s. more »»

The history of indoor plumbing

November 2, 2013 Today people look for bathrooms that are luxurious. They want a bathroom in the master suite as well as additional bathrooms. more »»

Message in a bottle

November 2, 2013 It is impossible for me to sit back and watch the summer turn into autumn without thinking back. I always mourn the passing of summer a little, and this year’s summer will really be missed. more »»



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