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Shopping 101!

February 11, 2012 There is nothing simple about a shopping trip at the grocery store any more. Each and every aisle offers a challenge to shoppers. You cannot simply pick up a loaf of bread or a gallon of mil. more »»

Caught in the web

February 11, 2012 Last week I gave some examples of ways that technology and social media are too habitually entrenched in our lives. But extricating ourselves from “the web” seems to be easier said than done. more »»


February 11, 2012 Understatement of the year Any project, small or large, can be helped with a little extra money. more »»

Have a Heart

February 11, 2012 Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on me. more »»


February 11, 2012 The parade to prison Vince Fumo. John Perzel. Mike Veon. Bill DeWees. more »»

Old movies educate the next generation

February 4, 2012 When one of the grandchildren came to visit on a day off of school, I dug out the old home movies thinking he’d like to see what his dad looked like when he was small. The activity was a hit. more »»

When one of the grandchildren came to visit on a day off of school, I dug out the old home movies thinking he’d like to see what his dad looked like when he was small. The activity was a hit. We did not finish with the movies that day, but we made plans

February 4, 2012 (part one of two) Check out this idea for a science-fiction film: people build these hi-tech machines to serve humankind… The machines make life so much easier that people surrender more and... more »»


February 4, 2012 Information desk When you work at a newspaper, people expect you to know stuff. more »»

True love

February 4, 2012 We’re moving smartly towards Valentine’s Day (wasn’t Christmas just last week?!!). I’m feeling especially Valentine-y this year. I’ve been touched by the magic of true love. more »»

SitCOMM: ‘Super’ job, Flannel Panel

February 3, 2012 Spider-Man. Superman. Captain America. Joe Paterno. Last Friday was the Flannel Panel’s unveiling of “Super Heroes Theme Night” in Joseph A. Massa Gymnasium at Warren Area High School. more »»

Running Home To Fifty

January 28, 2012 Jon Shaffer took a road less-traveled on his last lap around the sun to fifty. He fine-tuned his already conscious awareness of the importance of diet and exercise. He ran often and far. more »»

THE EVERYDAY HUNTER: Cures for Cabin Fever

January 28, 2012 It’s the time of year when deer are dropping their antlers, turkeys are following manure spreaders and Phil, the famous Punxsutawney groundhog, is ready to tell us how much cabin fever season we hav... more »»

Momma’s list for things ‘to do’

January 21, 2012 You have all heard of “honey do” lists. This week I had a “momma needs done” list that my children were able to take care of for me. more »»

Big dreams

January 21, 2012 I met Bill Dyke a few years ago when he gave me a call at Family Services to discuss one of my newspaper columns. more »»

When good motor mounts go bad

January 21, 2012 Dear Tom and Ray: The Toyota dealer where I have my car serviced recommended that I replace the motor mounts. more »»

In sickness and in health

January 21, 2012 Once upon a time, there was a man who never got sick. Early in our marriage, he unfortunately found himself in a house full of people who succumbed, one at a time, to the fl. more »»

Trail corridor protection

January 21, 2012 At the start of the 20th century, the Warren area was known as the Allegheny brushpile. The logging industry stripped the hills of all timber and just walked away. The U.S. more »»

I can almost taste it!

January 14, 2012 One of the things that I like about January is the arrival of the catalogs from the nurserie. more »»

We’re all the same, only different

January 14, 2012 It’s a short drive to work. I can hardly listen to a whole favorite song. Many times I’ll hear just a portion of a story on NPR. more »»


January 14, 2012 Mixing business with pleasure The radio scanner in the newsroom is a good source of information. It can also be a source of entertainment. more »»



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