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No time like the present

February 21, 2015 I hire bands from time to time to perform at youth events. My wife and I usually take them out for dinner afterward to help them unwind and to give them a taste of the communit. more »»

26.2: It’s better to be patient when it’s -25 degrees outside

February 16, 2015 If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself as a runner from marathon training over the last seven weeks, it’s the importance of being patient. more »»

Simple hitches!

February 14, 2015 Since the official day that celebrates love, Valentine’s Day, was this weekend I decided it was the perfect time to write about love. more »»

Cara’s car, the slap of reality

February 14, 2015 On Christmas day, Cara sat looking at me in a strange way. “What?” I said. She’d already had a cry that morning. I knew that she was feeling emotional. more »»

Between coats

February 14, 2015 Maybe I think about things too much. Or maybe it’s just that I think about things differently. Sometimes people tell me things and I wonder why they did… thinking there must be a reason. more »»

A piece of cake

February 7, 2015 In the past ten years I’ve only missed one January 31st in Boston. My family did accept lumbar surgery as a forgivable excuse, but I still felt terrible missing one of Keira’s “big days. more »»

Best time of the year for soup

February 7, 2015 I just read that January was National Soup month. With all of the cold weather soup is a meal that you fix in one pot so it is easy. more »»

The dinner invitation

February 7, 2015 A class field trip is usually a welcome respite from the monotony of the rest of the school year, but for one junior high boy nicknamed Sonny it found him in an anxious and embarrassed state. more »»

26.2: The countdown torments me

January 31, 2015 There’s a ticker on the front page of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon site that counts down, to the second, the time remaining until the gun goes off on May 17. It torments me. more »»

Use up, make do, wear it out, go without

January 31, 2015 The title of this piece says it all! This past week I have been reading about the Great Depression. more »»

Magic words

January 31, 2015 It is the early 1970s. I am watching television in the living room with my older brother and sister. more »»

Ready, Set, Bake!

January 24, 2015 Yesterday I went on a treasure hunt in my pantry cupboard. I knew that I used to make a pull-apart in a small ring pan. more »»

Mr. Fix-it

January 24, 2015 Men are good at fixing things, at least they think they are. I know I think I am, except for electrical, plumbing, carpentry, cars, computers, but other than those and a few other endeavors…. more »»

Basic Education Funding and the WCSD

January 24, 2015 Across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania the topic of Basic Education Funding (BEF) is being reviewed. more »»

That old familiar smell!

January 17, 2015 It was time for some repairs and refinishing indoors at Hickory Heights. I told my son before Christmas that I wanted to refinish my kitchen floor. more »»

Judgement Day

January 17, 2015 During Cara’s visit home, I was excited for her to come to church with me. more »»

Writing the script

January 17, 2015 What comes to mind when you read the words peer pressure? I am guessing that you imagined a negative scenario, such as a youth trying a cigarette so they will appear mature to others, or a young... more »»

26.2: You’ve got to start somewhere

January 5, 2015 26.2 miles. 46,145 yards. 138,435 feet. 42,194 meters. 42.19 kilometers. more »»

Home for the Holidays

January 3, 2015 Cara mentioned that she had no pictures in her room and that others found that funny. It wasn’t that she doesn’t HAVE pictures, it’s that she’s a very practical packer. more »»


January 3, 2015 New chances Do you make a New Year’s resolution? No doubt you have been reading from various resources about New Year’s resolutions and the statistics on what the top resolutions are that people make. more »»



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