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Through the wormhole and into the belly button

April 6, 2014 Like many, I have been enjoying the recent update of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos. more »»

The limited-edition, hand-crafted, solar-powered hit single

March 30, 2014 This week I read that those samurai rap legends the Wu-Tang Clan are making a very special album. There will only be one copy, and it will be recorded on the highest quality of materials. more »»

Growing a community

March 30, 2014 Community groups in the Mahoning Valley are doing their best to turn vacant lots into vegetables and providing new sources of food to those who might lack access to fresh produce. more »»

The Trumbull with Tribbles: UFOs over the Valley?

March 23, 2014 Like many kids who grew up in the Mahoning Valley, I spent much of my childhood hidden among the rows and rows of books at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. more »»

Trying to shift the course of TV, one survey at a time

March 16, 2014 As much as any intelligent person tries to deny it, television is wonderful. Yes, brain-rotting television, the good ol’ sloth box, is a wonderful thing. more »»

Not everything is an enigma wrapped in a riddle

March 9, 2014 If you’re like me (bipedal, breathing, borrowing someone’s HBO Go password), you’re addicted to the show “True Detective. more »»

Internet hype ain’t no thing but a chicken wing

March 2, 2014 Inventing your own holiday does wonders for your Klout score. Stripey Sweater Day was Feb. 12 (I put the wrong day in my column in the paper on Feb. more »»

Brit finds harsh reality in America

March 2, 2014 Lee Murray, born in a resort town on the southern coast of England, grew up charmed by the images of American movies. more »»

Legal Challenges

February 23, 2014 When putting together a creative venture, seeking legal advice may be the last thing on an artist’s mind, and hiring a lawyer may not be considered until artists are mired in contract disputes and... more »»

Smell on wheels: Life, love and injury at the roller rink

February 23, 2014 This weekend, a group of roller-skating enthusiasts held a reunion at the Cortland Roller Rink to remember their days wheeling around the rink at the former Top O’ the Strip Roller Rink in Niles,... more »»

Huzzah! It’s my 100th-ish column spectacular!

February 16, 2014 When something is around long enough to mark a milestone of 100, celebrations are in order. more »»

Another holiday that will keep you warm and fuzzy

February 9, 2014 People who decry Valentine’s Day as a greeting-card holiday, a manufactured box of tripe wrapped up in a pink bow, are not unlike those who brag about not having a TV, or who can tell you how many... more »»

You can’t take it with you, but you can back it up

February 2, 2014 Get out your highlighters and try to contain your disbelief: I did something on my to-do list. more »»

Credit crunch?

January 26, 2014 For anyone who might be a little late coming up with a New Year’s Resolution, or who decided that laying off the snacks just might not be as realistic as you had hoped, consider this alternative:... more »»

Live and let dye: My love affair with my hair

January 26, 2014 Who knows what began this love affair we have with that frustrating pile of dead skin we call hair —?but it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. more »»

Teenage angst has paid off well, from grunge to pop

January 19, 2014 When I was a normal, non-famous teenager, I did normal, non-famous teenager stuff. I dressed like an idiot. more »»

What you got, you gotta give it to someone in need

January 12, 2014 On New Year’s Eve, my boyfriend and I stopped in downtown Youngstown for coffee before getting ready for the evening’s festivities. We saw a homeless man, gave him some money. more »»

The Sprouted Table

January 5, 2014 Adam Lee of the Sprouted Table believes that food should be a community experience. more »»

Tech to-do list keeps circuits from getting crossed

January 5, 2014 I’m tech-savvy, I swear. Just because my computer has seen three presidential elections doesn’t mean I wouldn’t know how to use a new one. more »»

Out with the old

December 29, 2013 With the Christmas season bringing us new electronic gadgets under the tree to simplify our lives and entertain us, consumers must find a way to make room for the new and dispose of the old. more »»



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