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The life lessons of ‘Shawshank Redemption’

September 14, 2014 I think it’s 22. Maybe 24. I’m not sure how many times I’ve watched “Shawshank Redemption” — but suffice it to say, I can likely recite nearly every line on cue. more »»

 
 
 
Sept. 11 is another reminder to be grateful

September 7, 2014 I’m not even sure which channel I was watching; Destination America, I think? Sheesh, with so many hundreds of cable networks, channels and venues, it’s hard to keep track of them all and what’s... more »»

Mom of high schooler dreads new school year

August 31, 2014 You can hear it. The low, dull collective groaning of school age children throughout the Mahoning Valley, the state and indeed, the U.S. This is it. The end is near. more »»

Ice cold water reveals warm, loving hearts

August 24, 2014 At first, I didn’t pay much attention. I kept seeing silent videos popping up as posts on the walls of my Facebook and Instagram friends and all over Twitter. more »»

Ice cold water reveals warm, loving hearts

August 24, 2014 At first, I didn’t pay much attention. I kept seeing silent videos popping up as posts on the walls of my Facebook and Instagram friends and all over Twitter. more »»

Random act of kindness goes viral online

August 17, 2014 Maybe you saw it. It did, after all, go vira. more »»

Local girl does her part to fight pancreatic cancer

August 10, 2014 For those of you who heard the melodic strains emanating from Mahoning Valley Scrappers stadium just before the first pitch of the ball game at Eastwood Field in Niles last Friday night, you had the... more »»

Good wins out as cross remains at memorial

August 3, 2014 One for the good guys … that’s the way I see it. more »»

To sleep, perchance to dream of living to be 100

July 27, 2014 Jon Bon Jovi croons that he wants to live while he’s alive and sleep when he’s dead. more »»

Facing the reality of so-called ‘reality’ TV

July 20, 2014 It was at the moment that I screamed a very discouraging word ... out loud ... all alone ... in the family room ... on a Monday night ... with my left hand curled into a fist that I knew. more »»

Is the Valley ready to celebrate the return of the King?

July 13, 2014 Well, by now you’ve heard that it is finally official. more »»

Patriotism seems to be in short supply these days

July 6, 2014 Many of us are extending the 4th of July celebration right through the entire weekend. And why not? Patriotism is not only a very good thing … it seems to be a rather scarce commodity these days. more »»

Love for Downey doesn’t carry over to Paltrow

June 29, 2014 Those of you who know me, even in passing, are likely aware of my unnatural fascination with Robert Downey, J. more »»

Run / walk to honor memory of Caitlin Yager

June 22, 2014 You may recall that, just after Christmas last year, I wrote a column about Caitlin Yager, who was a friend of my niece, Kelly. more »»

Daughters will never stop needing their dad

June 15, 2014 You know, they might not realize it at a tender age — or they may indeed but then promptly forget it in their teens — but little girls truly need their fathers. Like, a lot. more »»

Health and happiness much better than a 00

June 8, 2014 You know, I had a really funny column in mind for today. Yep, I had it all planned out. more »»

Sending Valley icon healing thoughts and prayers

June 1, 2014 Well, everyone in the Mahoning Valley knows now what I learned a short while ago. Our region’s pre-eminent television meteorologist, Don Guthrie, has been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cance. more »»

Remember the military this holiday weekend

May 25, 2014 I am not a member of the United States military. Nor is my husband, my father, my brother, my sister or me dear, sweet mum. more »»

A bad week for gazillionaire rapper and local mom

May 18, 2014 It’s been a rough week for Shawn Corey Carter. Oh, I’m sorry, perhaps you haven’t heard of him by his given name. more »»

The thing about moms is everything they do

May 11, 2014 The thing about Moms is … everything. Because today, more than any other day of the year most likely, we take the time to think of our Moms and all that they are, mean and do … and it is everything. more »»

Sharing a love story 60 years in the making

May 4, 2014 Next year, Kerry and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. Wow. Twenty years. Two decades. Nearly a quarter centur. more »»

 
 

 

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