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Writer’s respect for farmers grows

July 22, 2014 When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a farmer. I’d see those big tractors out in the green fields, the corn stalks lined up neatly, the big silo filled with grain, and the classic red barn. more »»

Zombie survival a pillow away

July 20, 2014 I don’t understand all the fuss about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. I’ve survived plenty of zombies. Even the Pentagon seems a tad nervous. more »»

Determining if it’s luck or coincidence, in lotto or life

July 20, 2014 Greetings! I write you from the office-less land of Vacation, which is from a place not unlike my actual office. more »»

Emerald Ash Borer feasting on local trees

July 17, 2014 Dead trees. More dead trees. I recently traveled to central Ohio and into western Ohio for my job. more »»

Planting perennials isn’t just for spring

July 14, 2014 Most plants can go into the ground any time, provided they have plenty of water and aren’t put in the ground during the hottest time of the day. more »»

Thrown by thoughtful presents

July 13, 2014 My sweetie mailed an inspirational coffee mug to our son, overseas on a job. He wasn’t inspired. ‘‘Mom, I’ve been here eight months. more »»

Summertime: Living is easy, the cotton is knee-high

July 6, 2014 There must have been a reason for all of those knee-high cotton tube socks in the ’80s. more »»

Before safety was invented

July 6, 2014 I’m lucky to be alive. My survival’s nothing short of a miracle. Perhaps if I’d had a bicycle helmet or knee pads … But that’s just it. I grew up in an epoch before safety was invented. more »»

Custom rate facts help farmers negotiate

July 3, 2014 Happy Fourth of July, Tribune Chronicle readers. The month of June 2014 was a wet one in northeast Ohio. However, it looks as if the crops in Trumbull County are faring OK thus far. 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 »»

Silly Burton, cereal isn’t for kids, or you

June 29, 2014 It’s a familiar whine: ‘‘But why can’t I have it for breakfast? It’s good for me.’’ ‘‘We’re having steel-cut rolled oats. It’s natural. more »»

Million-dollar ideas for the price of one newspaper!

June 29, 2014 Everybody has their get-rich-quick scheme. A concept that is their ticket to stardom. An invention that will change the world. Some million-dollar idea. more »»

It’s time for the spring gremlins to come out and play

June 22, 2014 As I write this column from a barely functioning 10-year-old PC (barely functioning not from lack of care mind you but from the unforgiving operating system expiration) with no Internet (thanks to... 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 »»

Living by delicious disaster

June 22, 2014 We sat in the living room, enjoying one of those light-hearted, loving chats between spouses. ‘‘I don’t have a column topic this week,’’ I wailed, but light-heartedly. more »»

Escape on an exotic getaway to the sock-drawer sea

June 15, 2014 Even though “Cosmos” is over (and I am not yet done referring to it endlessly), I will refer to one of its delightful elements: the cosmic calenda. more »»

Stop and smell the Play-Doh

June 15, 2014 I peeked over one shoulder. Then the other. Slunk behind my desk. Slid open the drawer where I keep the bottle. I shot one more nervous glance around the offic. more »»

Beware the cheesy triangles of the Illuminati pizza cult

June 8, 2014 I recently hurt my ankle. No biggie, but it was enough that I needed a day off it on a sofa with some Netflix. Totally kicking and screaming, of cours. more »»

Doing laundry in the kitchen

June 8, 2014 Our refrigerator is in the dining room. No really, it is. more »»

GOP tries area coup; Graham backs Law

June 8, 2014 Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka will not have any challengers for the top post in the party, but there will be some changes made to the party’s leadership team, while in the... more »»



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