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Is there any good in ‘so bad it’s good?’

February 3, 2013 Last weekend, I decided to take in a movie. I should have known right away since I was going with a bunch of immature guys that it wasn’t exactly going to be Oscar bait. more »»

"Portlandia" Syndrome: How to be hip, but not a hipster

January 27, 2013 The Mahoning Valley isn't exactly Portland. Or Brooklyn. Or any other trendy big city. We don't have bike lanes, artisan food trucks, organic soda fountains or brew cinemas. more »»

Rock Off gets teens ready to rock toward freedom

January 20, 2013 As I was digging through my now-legendary mountain of T-shirts, I stumbled upon one that made me stop and go, “Shut the front door.” Now, I have many T-shirts from my yout. more »»

With great car ownership comes great responsibility

December 30, 2012 Your car is an extension of yourself, like a tattoo, or a dog, or a giant novelty foam finger. more »»

It’s an old-fashioned Mahoning Valley Christmas

December 16, 2012 Like a birthday or a class reunion or all those ’80s cartoons on Netflix, Christmas makes you feel like a little kid again. more »»

Palace nanny

December 16, 2012 With a love of travel and a desire for a job involving children, Champion High School graduate Janelle Drennen furthered her education to become a nanny and combine these things to achieve her... more »»

Piano man

December 9, 2012 It began when Champion resident Joe Pirtz, owner of Green Computer Doctor, received a repair call. more »»

Holiday spirit in the Valley starts with the parade

December 9, 2012 Christmas in the Valley can be tons of fun. more »»

Savoring the little pleasures and small moments in life

December 2, 2012 Life is not without its small pleasures. That’s for sure. Even the most mundane, annoying task may include a small perk or pleasure that detracts from its soul-suckin. more »»

It’s hard to count blessings during holiday craze

November 25, 2012 So we have (hopefully) had our fill of turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, corn and green beans, freshly-baked rolls and pumpkin pie. more »»

Thanksgiving made easy

November 18, 2012 For a cook who has never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner, the task may seem daunting. more »»

Surprise package has brain doing double doody

November 18, 2012 Working at the newspaper, we have a lot of interesting stuff come through our office. When you are in “the media,” everyone is always trying to get you to talk about them. more »»

There’s more to argue over than politics and religion

November 11, 2012 Now that the mad dash to the polls is over, we can all take a breath and relish the absence of the barrage of political ads and Facebook assaults from our passionate (opinionated) friends. more »»

Everybody’s analyzing, but age ain’t nothing but a demographic

November 4, 2012 The past few months have been kind of special for us Ohioans. We have been fussed over, courted, wined, dined and pampered by all of those hopeful candidates who want our much-coveted votes. more »»

What Halloween costume? Some mental tidbits

October 21, 2012 I am in the exact same predicament as I was last year. The clock is ticking down to the most spooky and potentially fun night of the year, and I am yet again left without a brilliant costume idea. more »»

Unexplained phenomena an intriguing possibility

October 14, 2012 My latest TV obsession has brought me to the topic of today’s column: psychics. more »»

Comforter wishes and pillow-top mattress dreams

October 7, 2012 Life takes its toll on you. As Dolly Parton said in “Steel Magnolias,” “Time marches on, and eventually you realize it is marching across your face. more »»

The truth about cats and dogs and hedgehogs

September 23, 2012 I’m not a cat person. Well, of course I’m not a half-cat half-human monster of the David Bowie / late-night horror movie variety. But I am also not one of those people who are “into” cats. more »»

Childhood crushes include superheroes, rock stars

September 16, 2012 When I was 5 years old, I wanted to marry Superman (Christopher Reeve). He was my first crush, and the ’80s movies were ultimately what inspired me to be a journalis. more »»

 
 
 

 

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