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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 »»

Hello, I know you, won’t you tell me your name?

September 9, 2012 I’ve been known to be a bit of a scatterbrain. More like a Tilt-A-Whirl brai. more »»

Be humane and watch out for animals crossing the street

September 2, 2012 There are times when I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race. Operations were suspended at Central Valley Meat Co. more »»

End-of-summer checklist makes the most of a good thing

August 26, 2012 I can feel it in the air that is beginning to get a chill at night. I can see it in the dusk that comes before 9 p.m., and even hear it in the sound of marching bands practicing. more »»

Parents plugged in

August 19, 2012 Today’s families are juggling numerous schedules for every member of the household, and running to and from work, school and children’s extracurricular activities has become the nor. more »»

Movie delays aside, there’s a lot to be thankful for in America

August 19, 2012 A moment of panic set in Thursday when I read Robert Downey Jr. had been injured on the set of “Iron Man 3” and that filming was temporarily suspended. more »»

Every Valley summer cultural festival is the best-ival

August 12, 2012 Identity is interesting. If you are asked “Who / what are you?” what would you say? I’m a girl, a boy, a fireman, a parent, a friend, a great breakdancer .. more »»

I’m the hostess with the mostess — at least I try to be

July 29, 2012 Everybody knows that it’s nice to share. They drill it into your head the second you are left alone with some scary tall person who isn’t your mom in a brightly colored room somewhere — a.k.a. more »»

Staying slick and swift

July 22, 2012 Oil is the elixir, the fountain of youth and the supreme lifeblood of our vehicles. Just like water keeps a human alive, oil keeps a vehicle’s motor running. more »»

Childhood games are more tiring when you’re grown up

July 22, 2012 I’d like to know at what time in my 32 years I degraded to the point that activities I found exhilerating as a child now make me feel as though I’m ready to be put out to pasture. more »»

Happy birthday! Now take a detailed inventory of your life so far

July 15, 2012 Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ve never been very fazed about age — mine is well within the proper parameters to be addressing the Zone demographic, I assure you — so much as concerned with time. more »»

Citizen of nerddom notes things could be a lot nerdier

July 8, 2012 It’s funny how things reverse when you get older. When I was in high school — junior high, even — I didn’t want to be seen as a nerd. more »»

'The Amazing Spider-Man'

July 1, 2012 Anyone ready for a remake of the ‘‘Lord of the Rings’’ trilogy? ‘‘Harry Potter?” Steven Spielberg’s ‘‘Catch Me If You Can?” ‘‘Catch’’ and the second installments of ‘‘Lords’’ and ‘‘Potter’’ all came... more »»

Here’s the weather, whether you want it or not

July 1, 2012 Over the years, I have compiled a list of things I absolutely hate. more »»

Grass is greener here in the Mahoning Valley

June 24, 2012 Since this is my first Zone column, I think I should introduce myself. My name is Bonnie Hazen, and I am a 32-year-old Trumbull County resident. more »»

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but so can growing up

June 10, 2012 It’s just about impossible to make it through childhood unscathed. Quite the contrary, your life is full of all manner of scathing, both physical and mental. more »»

Making sense of dollars and cents

June 3, 2012 With a college diploma and a job offer in hand, the world looks bright and promising. But that regular paycheck demands budgeting for expenses and unexpected bumps in the roa. more »»



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