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Candy is dandy in the Valley, but pizza is pizza

January 13, 2013 The other day, I was talking to my mom on the phone, and she told me my dad was beginning one of his favorite annual traditions: combing the city for Brach’s cinnamon hearts. more »»

With great car ownership comes great responsibility

December 30, 2012 Your car is an extension of yourself, like a tattoo, or a dog, or a giant novelty foam finger. more »»

It’s an old-fashioned Mahoning Valley Christmas

December 16, 2012 Like a birthday or a class reunion or all those ’80s cartoons on Netflix, Christmas makes you feel like a little kid again. more »»

Savoring the little pleasures and small moments in life

December 2, 2012 Life is not without its small pleasures. That’s for sure. Even the most mundane, annoying task may include a small perk or pleasure that detracts from its soul-suckin. more »»

Surprise package has brain doing double doody

November 18, 2012 Working at the newspaper, we have a lot of interesting stuff come through our office. When you are in “the media,” everyone is always trying to get you to talk about them. more »»

Everybody’s analyzing, but age ain’t nothing but a demographic

November 4, 2012 The past few months have been kind of special for us Ohioans. We have been fussed over, courted, wined, dined and pampered by all of those hopeful candidates who want our much-coveted votes. more »»

What Halloween costume? Some mental tidbits

October 21, 2012 I am in the exact same predicament as I was last year. The clock is ticking down to the most spooky and potentially fun night of the year, and I am yet again left without a brilliant costume idea. 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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

Stepping out into the summer air, one shoe at a time

May 27, 2012 Though it’s technically spring, summer is in the air. more »»

Warren renaissance makes me a proud native

May 13, 2012 Like most early twenty-somethings, the urge to flee the nest increasingly starts to set i. more »»

Time to clean out the clutter, cobwebs and memories

April 29, 2012 There’s no place like home. There’s definitely no place like my home. more »»

 
 
 

 

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