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Song on the radio causes Mom to lose her cool

August 15, 2010 It finally happened. It was on Tuesday at about 7:30 p.m. That will go down in the annals of my familial history as the very moment I officially became old. more »»

You’re the windshield, or you’re the bug

August 8, 2010 Several years ago, country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter had a smash hit called “The Bug.” The refrain goes: “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. more »»

Seeing red over your biggest pet peeves

August 1, 2010 You know, last week’s column caused a bit of a stir. more »»

Rules of the road for encountering runners

July 25, 2010 As a runner who’s been on the receiving end of incredible contempt and insolence from drivers, motorcyclists, and bikers for many years, I thought I might be uniquely qualified to compose a few... more »»

Check your fly-on-the-wall audio footage

July 18, 2010 The other night I ran past a house just in time to randomly overhear — mostly because she was screaming like a banshee — a woman yelling at (what I estimated to be) her 3-year-old son that he “messe... more »»

You have entered the No Cell Phone Zone

July 11, 2010 It happened the other day. What started out as a typical July morning turned into a midsummer’s nightmare. more »»

A war of independence from renovation debris

July 4, 2010 As we all celebrate our nation’s 234th birthday this holiday weekend, I am awash in nostalgia for our country’s independence. Perhaps it’s because I long for a little of my own. more »»

Cleveland girl is leaning toward the ’Burgh

June 27, 2010 I am a Cleveland girl. I am. Really. Honest. more »»

Remembering stories of Dad on Father’s Day

June 20, 2010 Around picnic, dining room and coffee tables throughout the Mahoning Valley and indeed the whole country, people are sharing stories about their dads today. more »»

Some women are from different parts of Venus

June 13, 2010 If men are from Mars and women Venus, then 20-something gals must be from the planet’s mountainous Maxwell Montes region while we 40-somethings clearly hail from its Atalanta Planitia flat,... more »»

A look at some of life’s crazy moments

June 6, 2010 Here it is, June of 2010 already. Isn’t that crazy? Hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t be so liberal with the use of that word. more »»

Remembering our troops every day

May 30, 2010 How will you spend Memorial Day tomorrow? Picnics, cookouts, mall sales? I’m sure my family and I will partake in some of the traditional celebrations of the day that many consider to be... more »»

Saying goodbye to a beloved family pet

May 23, 2010 Last week was a bad one for my family. We lost one of our most beloved members, our young boxer, Max. Now, to the non-animal lovers among you, this may seem a silly colum. more »»

Words of wisdom from a special Dad

May 16, 2010 Today, with your indulgence, I’d like to pay tribute to a very special man. To most, he’s known as Fred, though his given name is Fernando. To my siblings and to me, he’s Da. more »»

Ten lessons learned about being a mom

May 9, 2010 Mother’s Day. A date on which we honor those women, living and deceased, near and far, and/or related to us by birth, marriage or affection — and who have touched our lives in some maternal way. more »»

When times are tough, talk to the Potter

May 2, 2010 I had what we technically call in the business, a “crappy week. more »»

Celebrating Earth Day each day of the year

April 25, 2010 So, we’ve just put the wraps on another celebration of Earth Day. Shame on us. more »»

Patty Kimerer became a fan of ‘Hating Facebook’

April 18, 2010 I hate Facebook. Seriously. Not kidding — it’s ruining my life. Totally. OK, I’m exaggerating. Facebook does not have that much power over m. more »»

Please consider these tips for communication

April 11, 2010 I’m working on this initiative at my day job. It’s an internal customer service campaign that I like to call “Pleased Passenger. more »»

Celebrating a best friend who is a blessing

April 4, 2010 With Christians and Jews the world over celebrating Easter and Passover (respectively) today and in the coming days, now is a perfect time to count blessings. more »»



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