“Torrential” adequately describes our summer rains here in west-central Pennsylvania.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” a slogan popularized by Karl Marx, is the foundational ideology of Communism. Communism promised free access and distribution of goods, capital and services. According to Communists, everyone would work hard to produce the…
Clarion County maintenance employees are putting their skills to work for the people of the county, and there is already an extensive list of projects as the new offices for District Magistrate and Probation near completion.
You know how I try to keep politics and violence out of Return of the Native. If this column accomplishes anything, I hope that it brings people together. We are all just walking each other home.
I can well remember a Penn State horticulture professor’s regular classroom emphasis of his fascination with plants. “Any living organism with roots,” he would say, “cannot get up and run away when conditions become unfavorable. A plant absolutely must create a way to withstand whatever life…
If you had to be out on the roads during our recent monsoon events, you have my sympathy. It was bad enough staying inside watching the rain for days on end.
Recently, Rimersburg Rules attended an intimate dinner meeting with the director of a prestigious Western Pennsylvania organization. During the dinner the director waxed eloquent about the east coast of Africa. With little thought, Rules said, “Well, there’s a great deal of anti-Indian bigot…
Well, it’s March. February is finally over at last. While we can, of course, get some real winter weather this month (the Blizzard of ’93 was in March), we are also almost certain to get at least some nice days, too. Further, the much awaited arrival of spring takes place this month.
It was fall 2017, and I was standing near the stables on a beautiful plantation along the Ashleigh River in Charleston, S.C. My wife and I were attending the wedding of a friend of hers, and I found myself in the company of young men and women enjoying careers in the medical field. The atmos…
When Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was going to release a committee memo that reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified and probably bogus information to get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on the Trum…
I like to inject a little literary culture into this column sometimes. Heck, even its name has its roots in a Thomas Hardy novel. Don’t yell at me, because Pete Phillips used the same device for his Leatherwood Tales.
I have been lucky so far this year. I haven’t come down with the flu yet, but knocking on wood is part of my daily routine. Fifty years ago, my family and I weren’t so fortunate.
If you hear the term “we’ve gone mobile” from a business, that usually means that they are no longer going to have a “brick and mortar” office. They still offer services, but you aren’t sure where they are located.
I am blessed beyond belief to have parents who raised me with a strong emphasis on the joyous aspect of play. Ours was a household with strict television bans and repercussions for blatant usage of the phrase “I’m bored.”
We grew up eating a number of convenience foods and we haven’t died yet. Me, I’m all in favor of the trendy farm-to-table food movement, though. It will give you the willies if you read food labels carefully.
Recently, Today Show host Megyn Kelly said: “Some of us want to be (fat) shamed! ... When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat xxx?’ And it works!”
It is tough to come up with an idea for one of these columns two times a month. It’s always in the back of my mind, but when it comes down to writing something I realize that it may not be a good idea after all or it’s not 600 words long.
We’re still weeks away from the basketball brouhaha known as March Madness. I thought that I would get a jump on things this week and share a few winterly items that a lot of people can relate to, or not.
It’s not quite seven in the morning as I write this week’s column, tapped out on the computer during an early January frigid morning. I have been checking the weather conditions down in Tidewater, Virginia, my old stomping grounds before I moved back to this area some years ago.
By the time this week’s column goes to press, the worst of the early 2018 weather apocalypse will be behind us. I hope. There is still a lot of winter ahead of us, so we may be seeing history in the making.
Many unemployed people welcome the prospect of a job, and more even look for a second or part-time job. There was a time when any job would do, depending on how badly you needed the income.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team are investigating the campaign of President Donald Trump for ... possible collusion with the Russians ... or obstruction ... or financial improprieties ... or jay walking or ... winning.
Roy Moore lost the Alabama election for U.S. Senate because black voters were bused in from out-of-state to vote illegally, giving Doug Jones a narrow 20,000-vote theory.
I heard a great story on Mike Rowe’s Facebook channel this morning, and it was too good to keep to myself. And yes, this is the same Mike you might know from the “Dirty Jobs” television program. It’s a Christmas story, a couple of days late, that Baby Boomers and their descendents will like.