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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 »»

Don’t sweat it, but I really hate sweatpants

November 27, 2011 The debate over style vs. substance is an ancient one, going back to the days of the fig leaf vs. the loincloth. Sure, functionality is of the utmost importance, if you’re a caveman. more »»

Thanksgiving more than just sitting and eating

November 20, 2011 Last time I graced the front of this Zone section, I discussed how much I disliked the way Christmas was being pushed earlier and earlier. more »»

Mall-walking down mall-memory lane

November 13, 2011 Long before the Internet offered the ease of shopping without worrying about finding a parking space, annoying salespeople or judgment, everyone went to the mall. more »»

Take time to smell the turkey before it’s too late

November 6, 2011 I don’t know if I’ve spoken on this topic before, but if I have please continue to read anyway, because you never know where I may end up. more »»

Parties that pop

October 30, 2011  Trumbull County expectant moms are tossing out tradition when it comes to celebrating welcoming their bundles of joy into the world. more »»

Parties that Pop

October 30, 2011 Trumbull County expectant moms are tossing out tradition when it comes to celebrating welcoming their bundles of joy into the world. more »»

Taking the Halloween aptitude test — and failing

October 30, 2011 Gee, for having been weird and kooky goth in high school, I’m not that big of a Halloween maniac. more »»

Graduating from grunge to grooves of Radiohead

October 23, 2011 In my last column, I talked about how my life could be made into a timeline by looking at the technology created by Steve Jobs and Apple. more »»

I wanna know what love is, I want music to show me

October 16, 2011 What is love? I dunno. You think the entirety of music-dom would have figured it out by now. Just one song called “Love: Here’s What You Do. more »»

Remembering Steve Jobs by the timeline of technology

October 9, 2011 Being a child of the 1980s, I have had the opportunity to grow up during the technological boom that has changed our country and world in ways that we may still not realize. more »»



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