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Six years ago my city experienced the most tragic event in the history of its school bus transportation, when six Woodmore Elementary students died in a bus crash, and dozens of others were … more
My husband, Peter, and I feel like social butterflies. We certainly are not. But it feels as if we are, because we are staying in a new city and finding it is easier to make new friends than any … more
In the smoldering wake of what can only be called a Republican debacle, many pundits much better schooled in politics and history weighed in with their opinions on what happened. But in the days … more
Please pardon me, but I am always overcome by mawkish sentimentality at this time of year. I cannot contain my gratitude. I am thankful for a paycheck and sunsets and modern plumbing and mobility … more
When it comes to sappy holiday movies, you either scorn them as you would another pair of reindeer-themed socks, or you eagerly binge on offerings such as “My Southern Family Christmas,” produced by Hallmark … more
Is the glass half empty or half full? In my experience it’s always been half full — and that’s one of many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. We lost my father this … more
So how about if we — i.e., the politicians and the news media — dispense with the partisan political junk for a while? more
 It’s easy for me to get caught up in the moment in certain situations. more
Last month, I reminisced about some of my favorite voices from a lifetime of TV, radio, movies and music. I asked you to share your most unforgettable voices from past and present, and I received … more
The year was 1766 when the tallest building in New York City was built in Lower Manhattan and named after the Apostle Paul. Ten years later the Great Fire of 1776 burned every building around St. … more
When it comes to history, politicians and generals get all the glory, while no one gives credit to the engineers. Stephen Harriman Long XE "Long, Stephen Harriman" is an interesting example. Were it not for Long, the city of Chattanooga might not exist. more
Though their reasons and motivations may have differed, when they came out to the polls last Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters were sending a clear message about the people they want representing them in Washington and in Harrisburg. more
Federal courts play essential but secondary role in elections more
I am delighted to report that my mother has come around. I have been lobbying my mother for months to take pity on a little red squirrel who had acquired a great fondness for her, demonstrating … more
I’m all for technology. more
As our nation honors our military veterans on Veterans Day, it’s also important to acknowledge the contribution of veterans to our workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 8,918,000 veterans in the labor force in 2020. Approximately one in every 19 employees (5.6%) is a military veteran. more
November is the month for Thanksgiving, literally and figuratively, so it’s time for my annual column giving thanks for those who have made my life easier. more
This week half the country will be upset by the midterm election results and half will be elated. more
In a few previous columns I have referred to a potential greenway that would follow Fillauer Branch, a small stream that runs through a strategic portion of Cleveland. This creek varies widely in its size and accessibility as it flows from its origination point in east Cleveland and empties into Mouse Creek at Tinsley Park. more
Murphy’s Law being what it is, whether you’re talking about a surprise party, a romantic getaway or visiting an acquaintance in the hospital, good intentions don’t always pan … more
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