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How not to get tangled up in a brush with fame

April 27, 2014 Last week, there was a concert at Packard Music Hall by one Kevin Costner — bodyguard, prince of thieves, farme. more »»

From life’s dirty kitchen, spring offers rebirth

April 20, 2014 I hope everyone around the Valley has had a good weekend, hopping down Easter Bunny Lane at Kraynak’s and enjoying fine candies from Gorant’s and Daffin’s. more »»

Running, or how to fill your legs with pure hurting

April 13, 2014 Like most Ohioans, a large portion of winter is spent staring longingly out a window, dreaming of a world that doesn’t try to kill us as soon as we walk outside — frost nipping at your heels like so... more »»

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 »»

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 »»

Fish and chips a Lenten classic

March 11, 2014 If you live in the Mahoning Valley, chances are there’s a fish fry near you. During the Lenten season, churches and organizations all over take part in the no-meat Fridays by offering fish specials. 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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

Curl up with chicken and noodles

January 22, 2014 Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s feasts are traditional indulgences that are hard to pass up. 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 »»

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 »»

Goodbye, clown; hello, coffee: Valley changes in 2013

December 29, 2013 I wanted to do some kind of year-end list, but the range of list topics is hard to narrow down. Albums? I am so behind on new music. TV? Way too much to even start to rate. more »»

 
 

 

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