I had never heard of the Orphan Trains as part my study of American History in school. That seems a bit strange to me, considering that these trains were used from 1854 until the early 1930s, a period of more than 75 years, and formed a significant part of our country’s past.

There’s no doubt that this pandemic has changed life as we know it, and some of those changes could endure and become the new normal. People who have been able to work from home may want to continue doing that, finding it more convenient and cheaper without the commute. I had my first remote…

Now that the Corona Virus has changed life as we know it, we are all trying to make the best of the situation and find our new “normal.” I’m in the process of attempting online grocery shopping for the first time. To tell you the truth, I sympathize with the WalMart associates who have to sh…

On a sunny Saturday near the end of February, I decided to take advantage of the relatively nice weather and go exploring. I had been doing some research about covered bridges in Pennsylvania, and I was ready to see if I could locate a couple of them and have some fun with the new Nikon came…

Recently the Erie Diocese announced the closing of St. Boniface School in Kersey. Although there will still be preschool classes and other uses planned for the building, I feel a deep sense of loss. St. Boniface School has been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old and in first grade…

Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to pay off the mortgage on my house before the end of the year. It was a lofty aim, because it would mean paying it off almost two years ahead of schedule. I even searched for a second part-time job to supplement my income, but nothing seemed to be a …

It seems that it’s so easy to start feeling stressed and overwhelmed at this time of the year, especially if we continue to demand perfection of ourselves with all the extra decorating, shopping, baking and wrapping that needs to be done. How refreshing it was to take a break recently from a…

I’ve always prepared the traditional Thanksgiving feast for my family, with the exception of the pies. I usually use a cooking bag for the turkey, as it keeps the meat moist and cuts down on the baking time. I keep trying to duplicate the taste of my mom’s giblet stuffing, with only moderate…

Has this ever happened to you? You’re dead tired after an especially busy day and are looking forward to dropping into bed and drifting into a deep and restful sleep, but find yourself still tossing around hours later. It’s like you can’t shut your mind down as you keep going over things you…

Johnstown wasn’t the only Pennsylvania city to have been devastated because of the failure of a poorly constructed dam. Even though 2,209 lives were lost in Johnstown, the tragedy did not result in any laws concerning dam failures being passed. In 1911, twenty-two years after the Johnstown f…