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Imagine a generation without war; It’s not as easy as you think

May 26, 2013 It seems as if there has always been a war going on my whole life. Early on, it was the war on drugs. more »»

Dances with regrets:?Why I?didn’t go to high-school prom

May 19, 2013 There are many, many high-school rites of passage. Your first football game. First bully encounter. The first time you drive to school after getting your license. Rival-school-mascot-abduction. more »»

A Mother’s Day ode —and apology —to my Mom

May 12, 2013 I?am using this space to confess a gross misdeed I?have recently committed. Not often has such a lowdown, dirty being slinked forth from the primordial ooze to commit such sins. more »»

A Mother’s Day ode —and apology —to my Mom

May 12, 2013 I am using this space to confess a gross misdeed I have recently committed. Not often has such a lowdown, dirty being slinked forth from the primordial ooze to commit such sins. more »»

Instagram? Ain’t nobody got time for apps!

May 5, 2013 So last night, I finally downloaded Instagram. Apparently my friend took a photo of me and was all a-tizzy when there was no Instagram profile of me to tag it with. more »»

Repenting for my Seven Deadly Pop Culture Sins

April 28, 2013 As salacious as pop culture is, some of it is a necessary evil. For every “Jersey Shore,”?there is a “M.A.S.H.” For every “Twilight,”?there is a ... movie that is better than “Twilight. more »»

Record Store Day puts a new spin on older media

April 21, 2013 During my Pink Floyd phase in high school (everybody has one), I?bought my first record — a copy of “Wish You Were Here. more »»

Facebook: Helping find lost dogs and catch crooks since 2004

April 14, 2013 Facebook has changed our lives. Ugh, I now need one of those “Shawshank Redemption” lye bath. more »»

Cleveland or Pittsburgh? Good times found an hour east or west

April 7, 2013 Usually when people are weighing about the merits of Cleveland versus those of Pittsburgh, it involves some sort of team sport, a debate that has been inciting battery-throwing rage for decades. more »»

Don’t let ‘Rust Belt chic’ make a trend of our troubles

March 31, 2013 After what seems like a long, cold, “Game of Thrones”-esque winter, some sun is finally shining on the Rust Belt. more »»

Local eateries created many mealtime memories

March 24, 2013 Last week, we Valley-ites learned about the closing of one of the area's mainstay eateries, Alberini's in Niles. more »»

The do’s, don’ts and whatevers of St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2013 I’ve had some memorable St. Patrick’s Days. more »»

Groundhogs and raccoons and deer, oh my! It’s a jungle out there

March 10, 2013 Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Yeah, I know, going to the zoo in the winter doesn’t really seem like a fun time, but it was actually pretty special. more »»

Anybody got some good hounds and a shotgun for trade?

March 3, 2013 I can be pretty gullible. In fact, if “gullible” were actually even in the dictionary, you would find a picture of me next to i. more »»

Local commercials jingle loose some memories

February 24, 2013 On the way to work last week, I was taking in the scenery on Route 422, as I have done countless times, when I noticed something was missing. more »»

Hot Dog Shoppe serves up a bun full of memories

February 17, 2013 I was all set to write a column about the unabashedly adorable topic of Internet animals, inspired by the story about famous cat superstars, seen above. more »»

Eight simple rules for dating fellow flawed humans

February 10, 2013 Dating is hard. Not quite trying to give a cat a bath hard, but difficult to say the least. There are no clear-cut instructions. more »»

Is there any good in ‘so bad it’s good?’

February 3, 2013 Last weekend, I decided to take in a movie. I should have known right away since I was going with a bunch of immature guys that it wasn’t exactly going to be Oscar bait. more »»

"Portlandia" Syndrome: How to be hip, but not a hipster

January 27, 2013 The Mahoning Valley isn't exactly Portland. Or Brooklyn. Or any other trendy big city. We don't have bike lanes, artisan food trucks, organic soda fountains or brew cinemas. more »»

Rock Off gets teens ready to rock toward freedom

January 20, 2013 As I was digging through my now-legendary mountain of T-shirts, I stumbled upon one that made me stop and go, “Shut the front door.” Now, I have many T-shirts from my yout. more »»



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