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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 »»

Dems lob but GOP can’t hit

June 1, 2014 Three women who ran as write-in candidates for Republican Party central committee seats in Trumbull County did not win those races, even though they did not have competition. more »»

Color me gone from painting

June 1, 2014 ‘‘Guess what we’re going to do!’’ Sentences that begin like that, when uttered by an overly exuberant spouse, never end well. I tried to disappear into the cushions of my La-Z-Bo. more »»

You won’t believe the miracle fruit secrets of this column!

June 1, 2014 The Internet is a trap, and we are its prey. We know this. Or, we should know this. more »»

Preparing for picnic success

May 25, 2014 I come from large, farm families, so we are heading into my favorite season of the year — picnic. more »»

 
 
 

 

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