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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 »»

High tech takes tact to new low

April 7, 2013 I read an article the other day that claimed that with shrinking attention spans and growing electronic interruptions, we’ve turned into a culture of rude, inconsiderate, goof— Hold on a se. 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 »»

My Slinky slunk into slipped disk

March 31, 2013 We begin life built on the same blueprint as a Slinky. The younger the kid, the more pliable he is. more »»

Memories of family cabin

March 29, 2013 The cabin near the top of Laurel Ridge in western Pennsylvania was a real find for us, a treasure enjoyed by many of our friends and family over a number of years. more »»

A spring of discontent

March 24, 2013 I drove home in a whiteout. I wasn’t completely sure in which lane of the unlit, country road my car crept. 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 »»

Drink milk and thank a dairy farmer

March 21, 2013 While we can’t quite call it a “miracle” food, it is one of the healthiest foods readily available to us and doesn’t make a huge dent in our pocketbooks. more »»

Go ahead, have a cow, man

March 17, 2013 If my car breaks down one more time, I’m getting a cow. True, most frustrated motorists would choose a horse. Or a Harley-Davidson. 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 »»

Timing key to Ryan’s decision

March 17, 2013 Well, it was about time. more »»

Communications breakdown on the road

March 10, 2013 What we’ve got here, is a failure to communicate — with warmth and / or civility, anyway. 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 »»

Doorways, phones and fridges pull pranks

March 10, 2013 Have you ever walked into a room and but couldn’t remember why? You’re not becoming senile. The doorway did it. more »»

Cabin fosters memories

March 8, 2013 One summer evening in about 1969, our friends from Wales said, “Why don’t we go somewhere for the Fourth of July weekend?” So we made some telephone calls and found that a cabin that I was introduce... more »»

Barely hanging on as winter hangs on

March 4, 2013 I know it doesn’t seem like it, but we actually ARE in the home stretch. We finally made it to March, so at least that’s something. more »»

Garden changes can result in challenges

March 4, 2013 I think I’ve finally figured out why I enjoy my gardens so much. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting my hands dirty or growing pretty flowers and tasty vegetables. more »»

Kasich in lead for ’14 race

March 3, 2013 In an early look at the 2014 gubernatorial race by a Quinnipiac University poll, Republican John Kasich holds an edge over each of the four rumored Democrat candidate. 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 »»

Stop the whining and call Grandma

March 3, 2013 Amusing myself the other day by setting fire to tissues off my feverish forehead, I thought about the wonderful system we guys use for gutting out the flu. We suffer heroically and stoically. more »»



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