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That other kind of March Madness — cabin fever

March 18, 2012 I’ve never been one to complain much. I can usually roll with things pretty well. Life gets you down, sure, but you gotta do what you gotta do. more »»

Faith in politics not as simple as checking a box

March 11, 2012 Democracy. Faith. Religion. Politics. Beliefs. Agenda. Party. Theology. Read those words out loud to yourself a few times and try to find the thread that flows through it. more »»

Twenty-eight statistics and a temperature of 101.3

March 4, 2012 They say pride comes before the fall. They ain’t kidding. I’ve written before about my supposed imperviousness to getting sic. more »»

Choosing childcare

February 26, 2012 Every parent wants their child to have the best care available, but with so many childcare options, choosing the right one can be challenging. more »»

How to tie a tie

February 19, 2012 Tying a tie is both an art and a science, and for many men, it is a total mystery. more »»

I talk too much — and there’s a great story about that ...

February 19, 2012 I’m Sarah Sepanek, and I’m a talkaholic. Phew. That was tough. more »»

Vanity of vanities, says the columnist; all is vanity

February 12, 2012 ‘‘There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.’’ — Mark Twain I will admit it. I am a vain person. more »»

Facebook??who needs it?

February 10, 2012 After Youngstown State University senior Adam Magana met sophomore Hope Bobonick in real life, he did what any other college student would do — looked her up on Facebook. He was unsuccessful. more »»

Parent-teacher conferences

February 5, 2012 In the partnership between parents and teachers, one of the most important events is the conference. more »»

My reputation precedes me — don’t believe a word of it

February 5, 2012 David Bowie said, “Fame, it’s not your brain, it’s just the flame / That burns your change to keep you insane. more »»

Raising the bar

January 29, 2012 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate at 8.2 percent for the Youngstown, Warren and Boardman area, creating a challenging time for employees. more »»

It’s payback time

January 22, 2012 Along with a challenging job market, many students have an additional responsibility to face after graduation from a college or technical school: the reality of paying back student loans. more »»

In the war against illness, I wave the white Kleenex

January 22, 2012 I’ve got it. Everybody’s got it. You probably have it. The plague. The black death. The germ that cannot be name. more »»

Forget the Jersey Shore, bring back Pauly Shore

January 8, 2012 For Christmas this year, I received a book from my brother (thanks, bro) about the history of MTV. more »»

What our baby names say about us

January 1, 2012 In the world of baby names, 2011 was about where we’ve been and where we want to b. more »»

I resolve to be more realistic (and reverse my balding)

January 1, 2012 Happy New Year! Strange, I’m writing this column in 2011, but it won’t be seen until 2012. It feels almost like I’m looking into the future. more »»

A look back at some classic Christmas gifts

December 25, 2011 The one element of the Christmas season that never fades with age is the excitement about gift-giving and gift-getting. Well, mostly the getting. more »»

Remember our troops as Iraq war comes to an end

December 18, 2011 In Friday’s edition of the Tribune Chronicle, the top headline read ‘‘Iraq war is over. more »»

Looking back at the good, the bad and the ugly of 2011

December 11, 2011 Well, if the New Year’s Eve event invites piling up in my Facebook inbox are any indication, 2011 is drawing to a close. Firstly, this means I have to start looking for a new dress. more »»

Yes, NOW is the time to celebrate Christmas season

December 4, 2011 Let’s get this out of the way now. It’s cold. It’s getting colder, and winter is going to be here no matter how much we pretend or wish otherwise. more »»



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