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The best way to learn is mastering by disastering

Years of far-too-personal research have taught me that the best way to learn something is to screw it up. This is not true in all cases. Folding fitted sheets serves as the prime example. Experience makes a lousy teacher when it comes to sheets that frustrate me into fits. I end up wadding the ...

Sharing the wit and wisdom of Mama Bombeck

For a generation — my mom’s — Erma Bombeck was the voice of motherhood. Not the Shangri-la, idealized, TV commercial version of every-hair-and-tablecloth-in-place mothers. Erma wrote about the real-life adventures of mothers with piles of dirty dishes, dandelion bouquets and smuggled ...

Grow up and dig through the stacks set for kids

One of the coolest things about my secret identity as a children’s author is that I get to read kids’ books and pretend that it’s research. “I’m working on my next novel,” I sputter to the librarian. “Oh, I believe you,” she chuckles. She hands me the comic collections of ...

May days bloom with tubas, socks and sea monkeys

May is the month of blossoms, as set forth in the Ohio Revised Code: “April showers shall bring May flowers.” When I was in school, I thought the Pilgrims brought the Mayflower. I refuse to live any longer in that kind of ignorance. I consulted a few offbeat calendars to find out what ...

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Births

St. Joseph Health Center STEVENS, Tiffany and Steven Alm, Warren, a daughter May 14 HAYDEN, Taylor and Robert Howell, Southington, a son May 15 SALYERS, Rebecca and Derek, Champion, a son May 15 CALDERA, Hillary and Benjamin, Warren, a son May 16 OLSON, Brittany and Mathew, Hubbard, a ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital O’HANLON, Alecia and Tonie Christy, of Lisbon, a son, May 16

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center JACKSON, Alicia and Christopher Stack, of Girard, a daughter May 11. St. Joseph Health Center NICHOLSON, Sabrina and Darrell Smith, of Youngstown, a daughter May 6. PREGIBON, Jordyn and Brandon Harcarich, of Warren, a daughter May 7. WATTERS, Renae and ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital WOOFTER, Jamie and Michael, of Niles, a daughter May 8

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Celebrating Kelly … and cowering from the crowd

I can’t tell you how proud I am of my niece Kelly. But I’m going to try anyway. Since she was just a wee little lass with those huge blue eyes and that Shirley Temple-esque curly blonde hair, that girl has been making me smile. Just like her brother and little cousin. Those three are ...

Every mom’s a gem, but mine’s the most precious

“Friends” may well have been the best sitcom to come out of the 1990s. IMHO. I loved those six fictional pals and my real ones will tell you that I can quote any scene from any episode with total recall. A favorite is the one in which Monica and Chandler break it to the group that they ...

Don’t spoil ‘End Game’ or I will tell Thor

Remember when you were little and couldn’t wait to open your presents on Christmas morning? Man, I can still see the whole scenario in my mind’s eye. Getting up before the sun to race into the living room (that’s what we called it back then) with my siblings. I’m not going to name ...

Searching for time machine to flip-flopping

It’s funny how, when you’re young, you want to get old. I mean, you do. It’s natural, really. The humans have even made feature films about it. “Big,” starring a very young Tom Hanks back in 1988, was the story about a 12-year-old boy who, impatient to become an adult after being ...

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Sewing for upcoming wedding coming along nicely

We had a nice sunny day in the 70s. That was a welcome change after some cool, rainy weather the past week. Yesterday was also nice and sunny, making laundry dry fast. I had a good day with sewing. I sewed daughter Lovina’s dress, cape and apron for the wedding next week of niece Elizabeth. ...

Health notes

STROKE AWARENESS: Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital teamed up with the City of Warren to recognize Stroke Awareness Month. Both hospitals will host a stroke prevention and awareness screening to help people take measures that can reduce and prevent stroke. ...

New York doctor warns of tick-borne diseases

NILES — The ticks are coming — they’re already here — and residents and doctors alike must do a better job with care and treatment. That was the warning and advice from Dr. Elena Frid, a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist from New York, who stayed at the Residence Inn by ...

A+ Teachers rise to the challenges

Teachers teach. A+ Teachers make students want to learn. That’s why Hubbard High School student Brooke Myers nominated her middle school math teacher for a 2019 A+ Teacher award. “Mrs. Walker turned me from this girl who didn’t understand math — and didn’t want to — to this girl ...

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Ghost to haunt Covelli Centre

YOUNGSTOWN — The hard rock / metal act Ghost will bring its theatrical live show to the Covelli Centre on Oct. 10. The Youngstown show is part of the band’s Ultimate Tour Named Death. Cardinal Copia and the seven Nameless Ghouls will perform for more than two hours on a stage set ...

Entertainment at a glance

Warren library hosts program on Bigfoot sightings WARREN — A program on “Investigating Bigfoot” is planned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW. Amy Bue, a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, will describe her own ...

Playhouse announces season

Youngstown Playhouse will present three musicals on its main stage in 2019-20 and do a stage adaptation of an Academy Award-winning film. Four additional shows are planned in the intimate Moyer Room theater space, and Playhouse Youth Theatre has two productions scheduled. Opening the ...

Calendar

Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “Madhouse,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through May 25, $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. 330-507-2358. SELAH RESTAURANT, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers: Selah Dessert Theater — ...