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Family History Is Not Just Name Collecting

Putting aside the planned article for this week, I am writing this as a reminder to experienced genealogists and family historians, and as a warning to those just beginning these pursuits. I got involved in a project where others had done research into a person and his family. The story was ...

Many Have Hard Time Confronting Death

What can you say when you have to call at the funeral home because your best friend’s mother died or you learned that your neighbor’s husband died or you found out that your co-worker’s son was killed in an accident or your nephew’s wife had a miscarriage? Death is an area that ...

It Is Time To Celebrate Vibrant Area Arts Scene

Welcome back. This is the space that I will now occupy in the future. I used to work here at The Post-Journal before. Some of you may remember me. Some of you may not. I wrote a column about music. I loved it because I was allowed to interact with and learn from many people. I loved ...

Area Becoming Familiar With Band

Hey, everyone! I know it’s been a while, and I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve forgotten about me by now. Heck, so many weeks have gone by since my last column it was starting to get to the point where I’d forgotten that writing a column was even an option. But rest assured, my post-paper ...

New School Year, New You

If you have children that attend public school, or you are a teacher or public administrator, I have one word for you — Congratulations! Most schools are starting up this week and ours is one of them. I know how it feels to switch from summer mode to school mode, and I know it’s not easy ...

Forestalling Fall

It’s the last week of August as I write this (did I sigh?), and something in the wind has changed. I noticed it yesterday as I walked my dog Rose. It sounded different. The sky was different. And I thought, what is that? It was the tops of trees; it was the sound of the wind rushing in from ...

The Man Of A Thousand Characters

Hollywood released what they billed as “The true story of the life and loves of Lon Chaney,” in the 1957 movie called “Man of a Thousand Faces.” Chaney was given that nickname because of the extremes he would go through to change his physical appearance for so many different film roles ...

Optical Confusions

Things are not always what they seem where I live. I hear myself adding a resounding and quite enthusiastic, “That’s for sure” to second that thought. Part of the fault rests squarely on my shoulders for I am always in such a rush (life is so short and I have so much yet to do) that I ...

Fresh Produce

When tomatoes are in season I cannot get enough of them. Sometimes I eat cottage cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers. Sometimes I make bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.. A BLT happens to be my favorite sandwich, but only if there are garden tomatoes. I no longer grow my own tomatoes, so I ...

Hold On Tight To Ireland

I’m traveling through Ireland again, which is never a hard thing to do. The Irish culture is, for me, one of the most enduring and delightful experiences to be had in this world. I would travel to Ireland once a month if that’s what I was forced to do. I have only met one person in my ...

‘Media’ Doesn’t Exist; Presidents, Plumbers Do

About 300 newspapers published pre-arranged editorials centered on the same theme at nearly the same time earlier this month. My hometown newspaper, the Courier-Express of DuBois, did not do so. I am proud of our newspaper for demonstrating the truth that there is no such thing as “the” ...

Dogs Also Can Use Essential Oils

As I am sitting here at my desk contemplating what to write about listening to the intense thunder and rain hitting the window next to me — it hit me. I knew exactly what I wanted to talk to all of you about today. ESSENTIAL OILS This is one area we haven’t really covered yet and the ...

Cross Is Counselor, Director, Standout

YMCAs across the nation host resident camps, day camps and youth programing. To run such high-quality, life-enriching programs the Y’s require a highly trained, dedicated staff, comprised of people who have a passion for teaching, caring for and leading America’s youth. The Jamestown ...

Sunset Bay Beach Club Is A Gem To Behold

With summer quickly winding down and fall being just around the corner, we are all doing our best to embrace every moment we have left of the warm weather and extended sunny days. Still coming off the high from my recent vacation to Florida, I wasn’t ready to let go of my beach vibes and was ...

Historical Check-In

Not much more than 100 years separates our modern world now from a world without electricity, cars or modern conveniences. In the latter 19th century, Chautauqua Lake’s increasing settlement and popularity in summers heralded an era of hotels and steamboat travel around its shores. A few of ...

Marriage Grows More Difficult For Jilted Esther

Last week, we met Esther. She had joined Adam, her husband, for his session. Adam recognized his displaced anger on Esther. He expressed his heartfelt love for her. She responded by silently leaving the office. Later, she called me and asked for a session. We agreed to meet later that day. ...

Life Lessons That Won’t Steer You Wrong

Yesterday, we celebrated the marriage of our son Jon and his bride, Erica, and in all the preparation for this event, I wondered what my participatory role could be to be a proactive part of the celebration. I mean Erica’s dad got to walk her down the aisle and do the Father-Daughter Dance. ...

A Frustrating Exercise

I wrote in June earlier about the persistent male cardinal who kept pounding away on the bedroom windows. It was easy to place the date for that column — it appeared the day before my granddaughter’s visit. Disconcertingly, she was given that room for her stay. I wrote with ...

Going Back To Basics May Be Good

After being at the Warren County Fair and seeing how much waste was generated by the vendors and the campers, it made me think. This was only one event in a small community. How about all of the mega events that take place all year long? Take sporting events and large concerts. How much waste ...

It’s More Than A Cob Of Corn

The most interesting thing I learned this week is that you’re not supposed to tear back the husk of the corn cob to check the kernels before you buy it. Tradition holds that you’re supposed to trust the corn vendor and know that the corn was picked at the perfect time. If you’re ...