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Real life has been getting in the way of my Netflix fix

April 15, 2012 Netflix, I owe you a debt of thanks. Because of you, and your countless hours of time-wasting fodder, I now know that I am, in fact, not boring, lame or without anything to do. more »»

The future of textbooks?

April 15, 2012 Could those days of standing in an endless line at the campus bookstore with a semester’s worth of textbooks soon become a thing of the past? With the steady rise of e-readers and e-textbooks,... more »»

Internships bring focus on career choices

April 1, 2012 While in the midst of college years, students can often conclude that experience is by far the best teacher. more »»

The scents of the past — thanks for the smellories

April 1, 2012 They say when you lose one sense, another gets stronger to make up for it. more »»

Living frugally

March 25, 2012 Astronomical gas prices, climbing grocery bills, shocking utilities and the general high cost of living are enough to unhinge the calmest consumer. more »»

Another year, another birthday, another milestone

March 25, 2012 OK, the way this column works is that I get to fill this spot every other week. more »»

Curating your child’s artwork

March 18, 2012 By MICHELLE ROBBINS Tribune Chronicle Gift it, hang it or store it. No matter what you decide to do with it, keep up with your child’s artwor. more »»

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 »»



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