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Who are you calling birdbrain?

August 25, 2013 Birds obey highway speed limits better than you do. That’s the latest from the world of scientific research, where the tales and tail feathers grow weirder and weirder all the time. more »»

How I?spent my summers

August 23, 2013 “It’s my day to drive the Packard,” I told myself as I put on dark blue slacks, well-shined black shoes, black socks, a white shirt, a dark blue necktie and a light blue jacket with two stripes on... more »»

Modern school lists in short supply of neon kittens

August 18, 2013 Right about now, parents are combing the aisles of local retailers, ticking off the school-supply lists sent by their children’s teachers. more »»

Hamster tubes and flying cars

August 18, 2013 It’s a familiar rant: ‘‘Where are our flying cars? They promised us flying cars.’’ My buddy Guy launches into this one a couple times a month. more »»

Minimum wage or starvation wage?

August 16, 2013 Lately, there has been an outcry from fast food workers across the land and into our local areas concerning the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. more »»

Bring nature to life in the garden

August 12, 2013 Some people love to decorate their garden with whimsical statues, colorful whirling pinwheels, nasty-looking gnomes and gargoyles and all sorts of fairy-tale characters, while others prefer the... more »»

Left is right on Tuesday

August 11, 2013 My brother Tim was born a southpaw. A teacher tried to fix him. ‘‘There is nothing wrong with my boy,’’ Mom said, trying to set the teacher right about left. more »»

Lines are blurred between summer hits and pop disaster

August 11, 2013 Technology means never having to hear “Call Me Mayb. more »»

Aprons tie into memories

August 9, 2013 Tucked back somewhere in a dark corner of one of your closets or maybe in that old pie safe where you are saving various items you use on your dinner table, you may have tucked some memories of Mom... more »»

Of twits, twerps and tweets

August 4, 2013 I’m a twit. Or is that a tweet? I warble of Twitter, the social media infliction that allows a person to tell the world in 140 characters or less what he’s eating for breakfast. I don’t know why. more »»

Taking you on a T-shirt tour of the Mahoning Valley

July 28, 2013 I almost titled this column “Ever smelt a smelt? Just close your eyes and chew,” but I couldn’t muster 600-some words about fried fish bait you eat whole including their bones and faces, so I went i... more »»

Food choices reveal quirks and quacks

July 28, 2013 Apparently, the quote should be, ‘‘You eat what you are.’’ Whole crops of surveys purport to reveal your traits, quirks and annoying habits by the flavors of food you choose. more »»

Speed bumps line busing transition

July 26, 2013 Late last year, the Trumbull County commissioners made the decision to transition the transportation services that were provided by the Department of Elderly Affairs to the Trumbull Transit Board. more »»

Sweet treats are back

July 26, 2013 Twinkies are back! Yes, the yummy all-American, cream filled, sponge cake has again arrived on the shelves of most grocery stores and outlets in the Mahoning Valley. more »»

Never right, never bored

July 21, 2013 ‘‘It must get boring being right all the time,’’ my buddy Gus said. I offered a humble smile. ‘‘Oh, I wouldn’t say I’m right ALL the time.’’ ‘‘Not you, doofus. My wife. more »»

All’s fair: Torrential downpours and fried Oreos

July 14, 2013 Like everyone in Trumbull County has been saying, “It’s raining — must be fair week.” The Trumbull County Fair is back, as it has been for so many summers. And, of course, it has to rain. more »»

Pondering the imponderable

July 14, 2013 As I sat in my rocker pondering the other day, I had to wonder — how much deeper would the ocean be without sponges? How come that guy who swam the deepest ocean and climbed the highest mountain to... more »»

Catnip, catmint are not the same

July 8, 2013 I often get asked by cat owners how do they grow a decent crop of catnip before their cat rips it out by the roots. The answer is easy. more »»

If it’s fair week, it’s raining

July 7, 2013 This is the easiest week of the year to forecast the weather. Rain, of course. The Trumbull County Fair opens this wee. more »»

 
 

 

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