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In a week of bad news, it’s time to count blessings

October 6, 2013 Well, it’s been another fascinating week here on the third rock from the sun, no? As we flipped the page on a new month, we lost a modern-day literary legend (RIP Tom Clancy), witnessed a harrowing... more »»

Pondering the divine purpose of creepy crawlies

September 29, 2013 You know, I’m really, really hoping to make it up to heaven. Like, seriously. Not gonna lie (that may work against me, after all); I don’t exactly relish the thought of checking out any time soon. more »»

Appreciating the people who bring smiles to your day

September 22, 2013 Well, It is officially autumn 2013. And, at this point in autumn 2013, my friends, I am sad to report that I’m fairly hard pressed to find many happy headlines in this jumbled-up world of ours. Sig. more »»

Even an optimist can get the grumps sometimes

September 15, 2013 And another thing, what is up with the whole twerking nonsense? Call me stupid, but if I see one more ridiculous video of some misguided young woman contorting about like a scantily-clad genie tryin... more »»

Keeping an eye on the signs of the times

September 8, 2013 Maybe it’s because I’m Catholic. Perhaps it is due to my Italian-Irish lineage. Then again, maybe it’s just my “glass-is-half-full, rose-colored-glasses, the-sun’ll-come-out-tomorrow” demeanor. more »»

Submitting to the tortures of the dentist’s chair

September 1, 2013 I have to tell you about a horrendous injustice which befell both me and my sister-from-another-mister, Chris Ruggieri, just this past week and right here in Boardman and Warren, respectively. more »»

A woman’s tears are part of the package

August 25, 2013 Many, many, many of my girlfriends have shipped their kids off to college recently and I’m wearing dark colors for the next month or so in a show of support. They are sad; ergo, I am sad. more »»

When fickle summer’s attention turns chilly

August 18, 2013 Remember that one boy in high school who started ignoring you for no good reason? I mean, you thought he liked you. It seemed to be going well and then, boom. more »»

All moms are working moms, at home or in the office

August 11, 2013 I’m guilty of it. I’ve said it before and, in the interest of full disclosure, more than once. I’m not proud of it and will make a conscious effort never to do it again. Today, I’m coming clean. more »»

Recognizing the Power behind all we experience

August 4, 2013 He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if … well, you remember the rest. Yep, He know. more »»

A little laughter in memory of one who loved laughs

July 28, 2013 Friends, it is with a very heavy heart that I let you know of the passing of a truly special lady. more »»

Annual pilgrimage to the Roller Coast excites, delights

July 21, 2013 For some, it’s a trip to Disney World or several days’ worth of sunny sojourning in wine-filled Napa Valley. more »»

Enjoying the splendor of nature ... safely inside

July 14, 2013 Ah, how I love nature. Regular readers of this space know my passion for running and penchant for spending quality time at our woodland campground. more »»

Be sure to celebrate our patriotism every day

July 7, 2013 As we put the wraps on the 4th of July weekend for this year, I would like to remind everyone that patriotism should be celebrated every day not just once a year, because America, my good people, i... more »»

Stopping to smell the roses and pulling weeds instead

June 30, 2013 The thing about the beginning of July is, it evokes the feeling that summer is almost ove. more »»

Email agony:?When good technology goes bad

June 23, 2013 A hearty good morning to you all. First on the agenda today is an apology. Why? Well, because, apparently, I have been snubbing some folks ... albeit unintentionally. Confused? Hm. more »»

Reflecting on Dad’s lessons and laughs

June 16, 2013 Ah, Father’s Day 2013. Can it really be a whole year since I last shared the wise and prolific lessons my Pop has taught me over time? Hmm, doesn’t seem that long. more »»

No good deed goes unpunished ... except one

June 9, 2013 And so … in the “No good deed goes unpunished” department, I offer the following submissions from the past few weeks… First came the Relay For Life, unquestionably one of the most worthy causes on... more »»

A year half over, and a son growing up too quickly

June 2, 2013 I’m not sure how to tell you this, so I’m just going to come right out and say it: The year is half over. more »»

Never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day

May 26, 2013 So, what’s on the agenda for tomorrow? Barbecue? Road race? Maybe pick up a new pair of white summer shoes at that big sale at the Eastwood Mall? Hmm. Memorial Day activities. more »»



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