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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 »»

How about a game of cards?

August 22, 2015 Do you remember the era of the Card Party? I think they were popular during the fifties and sixties. more »»

Care and the caregiver

August 22, 2015 “It is better to give than to receive” is a familiar and even worthwhile message - provided we also understand that we cannot give what we do not have. more »»

Great pumpkin spice, Charlie Brown

August 22, 2015 Whenever August rolls around, I start to get antsy. The humidity, the heat—I’m done with it. I tolerate it for a while, sure, but I’ve typically had my fill by July 5. more »»

Are we clear? How to become a volunteer assistant coach (with clearances)

August 22, 2015 When I agreed to be a volunteer assistant coach for my son’s soccer team, I knew I’d have to get some clearances, but I didn’t know exactly what I’d have to go through. more »»

Dust to dust

August 22, 2015 If cleanliness is next to godliness, I might not make it through the pearly gates. It’s sort of sad that I’ve slipped so much — I was reared to know the difference. more »»

‘Allowed to love stuff’

August 10, 2015 I think I’ve started about three columns about why I love being a nerd. more »»

Outside the lines

August 10, 2015 Educators talk about a lot of different learning styles. Some people learn by reading, some by having things explained to them, others with hands-on experience. more »»

The beauty all around us

August 8, 2015 The beauty around us never ceases to amaze me. As I drive around the area for various reasons I make time to revel in the beauty around us. more »»



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