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Goodbye, clown; hello, coffee: Valley changes in 2013

December 29, 2013 I wanted to do some kind of year-end list, but the range of list topics is hard to narrow down. Albums? I am so behind on new music. TV? Way too much to even start to rate. more »»

Looking back and looking forward to 2014

December 29, 2013 Can it be the last column of 2013, already? Sigh. It doesn’t seem like another year could have elapsed so quickly. And what a difference a year make. more »»

Some old questions ring in new year

December 29, 2013 So what do batteries run on? Why do the instructions never state, ‘‘Open over there?” Come to think of it, how do instructions know we’re ‘‘here’’ and not “there?” If a mime is arrested, does he nee... more »»

YouTube gives blast from past

December 25, 2013 Last week I wrote about all of the wonderful Christmas specials of those Claymation-y, commercial-y 1980s and early ’90s. more »»

Christmas countdown includes Santa, gremlins

December 22, 2013 On the 12th day of Christmas, Netflix gave to me “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Watch Instantly! Christmas isn’t easy on us night shift worker. more »»

Joy bells go bong over the season

December 22, 2013 There is no greater collection of grumps, cranks and grouches than what shows up during the joys of the Christmas season. Or maybe that’s just in the malls. more »»

Twas Three Days Before Christmas ...

December 22, 2013 And so it is time, once again, for the PK version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas. more »»

Finding a rosemary to last the winter

December 16, 2013 It’s no secret that I haven’t had much luck overwintering rosemary, one of the most pungent and often misunderstood herbs in the culinary garden. more »»

Christmas countdown includes Santa, gremlins, Willie Nelson

December 15, 2013 On the 12th day of Christmas, Netflix gave to me “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Watch Instantly! Christmas isn’t easy on us night shift worker. more »»

Lemme learn ya all ’bout gooder writing

December 15, 2013 ‘‘How do you write stories with the kind of quality that you do?’’ the kid asked. ‘‘My teacher says I should study your works.’’ I puffed up like a peacock. more »»

Cookies will put you on Santa’s nice list

December 11, 2013 Like most things in your Facebook feed, recipe posts offer an almost constant distractio. more »»

Bureau names Echinacea for 2014

December 9, 2013 The National Garden Bureau has named Echinacea as its favorite plant for 2014. Start planning your gardens accordingly. I love Echinacea, commonly known as coneflower. more »»

Insults take away injuries of shopping

December 8, 2013 It’s December and the gift-buying season keeps me hopping. It takes a lot of effort to make sure I have insulted, ignored or otherwise jilted every person I know. more »»

Everybody have a James Franco Christmas, whatever that is

December 8, 2013 When I woke up last weekend, I had what I thought was a great column idea: Francophilic Christmas. Which, I guess, would be Christmas in the French tradition. I don’t even know what that is. more »»

New Magi, new gifts arrive

December 3, 2013 Perhaps it is the daily choice of holiday classic stories that has caused me to ponder the plight of immigrants who come to our valley. more »»

It’s time to pack it in

December 1, 2013 I thumped another suitcase down the stairs. “This is it. That’s all of them.” Terry surveyed the stash of things to be packed against the clutter of case. more »»

Holiday storm revisted

November 28, 2013 It is Thanksgiving 2013, and I am sure we are all giving thanks, having a great feast and visiting with family and friends. more »»

Do turkeys have souls? Some food for thought

November 26, 2013 Animal spirits often personify moral lessons of good or evil in Native American cultures. more »»

Do atheists ‘worship?’

November 26, 2013 Evidently they do, according to recent reports of the tremendous rise of “atheist mega-churches” across the world. more »»

Standing up to stand your ground

November 24, 2013 Count the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative among the many groups urging Ohioans to stand up against the ‘‘stand your ground’’ proposal that passed the Ohio House last wee. more »»



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