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Flaws In The Mettle Of This Country

September 27, 2015 Two synonymous phrases of the word mettle (above) are (1.) strength of character, and (2.) moral fiber, qualities we hope we all possess most times in our lives. more »»

Watch The Colors Turn; The Weather Is Changing

September 27, 2015 There is nothing like the beauty of the fall. Although fall comes just before the time that nature is shutting down for a rest, I do not dread it. more »»

Sensitive Subject Matter

September 27, 2015 The subject matter that I want to educate the readers on is of a particularly sensitive nature. Writing this article was stimulated by a news piece ... more »»

Animal Blessings

September 26, 2015 A couple of weeks ago, the Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown contacted me and asked if I’d mention their annual Blessing of the Animals service, scheduled for 5 p.. more »»

Reviewing The American Dream

September 26, 2015 A few years back, my husband and I met another couple from Germany when we were having dinner at a restaurant in New England. more »»

Editor's Note

September 26, 2015 After stopping at Kwik Fill on my way to work Friday, I saw a man pull the classic look-down-and-pretend-not-to-text move while drivin. more »»

Double Standard, Or Hypocrisy?

September 20, 2015 In September 1892, Francis Bellamy penned the words to the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. The original draft didn’t include the phrase “under God. more »»

Don’t Be In Such A Hurry; Patience Is A Virtue

September 20, 2015 I have often heard it said “patience is a virtue.” When I think of patience, a song from a children’s musical runs through my head. more »»

The Longest- Running Couples

September 19, 2015 I run into couples in my travels sometimes who have been married for 50 years or more. more »»

Editor's Note

September 19, 2015 Today is the big day for a very special friend of mine, Amanda Rice. This week was full of wedding festivities leading up to the main event, which will take place today at the home of her parents. more »»

What Is War Good For?

September 13, 2015 ‘‘War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.’’ These lyrics of a song from yesteryear were both at the time, and still today, controversial. more »»

It’s My Job

September 13, 2015 There were/are many times in my employment, my responsibilities as coach, umpire, citizen, family member and parent, when I was asked or told to do things, things I may not have really wanted to do,... more »»

Are We Really Doing Better?

September 13, 2015 I remember the first time that a school year began that I was not part of it. At the time I was pregnant with our son. more »»

Editor's Note

September 12, 2015 For most of my life, I couldn’t understand why golfers were so obsessed with the game. Then, at 24, I learned. A friend offered to teach me how to play and for weeks I refused. more »»

Swansea Jack

September 12, 2015 Well, I missed it again this year. National Dog Day was Aug. 26. I don’t understand why it’s not one of the holidays listed on my calendars. I have two calendars, both of which have photos of corgi. more »»

Follow Your Bliss. Or Not

September 12, 2015 I don’t know too many people who actually “followed their bliss” in life. That doesn’t mean most of the people I know are unhappy, or that the people in my life lack courage. more »»

An Honest Day’s Work For An Honest Day’s Wage

September 6, 2015 One of the lessons my father taught me growing up was to always give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. more »»

Dividing Time Between Two Different Worlds

September 6, 2015 There were just five short days between two recent travel sites. I finished my laundry in time to pack my suitcase again. For one whole week I camped at the Warren County Fai. more »»

Once Upon A Time When We Wrote Letters

September 5, 2015 When I had a house full of people over the summer, there were things plugged into electric sockets in every room: iPhones, iPads, laptops, iPods, Kindles and wireless music players. more »»

Editor's Note

September 5, 2015 I’ve always been envious of people who look forward to their birthday. Mine was Thursday and I am now 27. For me, the thought of my birthday is usually ominou. more »»



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