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My husband and I spent Saturday helping our daughter move into a room in a large, Athens, Ohio, century home. She is about to start a yearlong gig working for AmeriCorps. Her duties will include working on conservation and biology educational programs, as well as working with other AmeriCorp…

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We noticed something was wrong with our refrigerator the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. It just didn’t seem cold enough when we opened the door. Mid-morning it became apparent something was seriously wrong. There was a puddle of water pooling near its base, the result of all the ice i…

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Let's start with some basics: Ohio law requires the state legislature to pass a budget every two years. It must be passed by both the House and Senate by June 30. It also mandates that the budget be balanced, so no deficit spending.

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The time between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is what I’ve always considered the “sweet spot” of summer. You know that luxurious feeling of pure happiness just before you open your eyes and face the day? That’s the feeling I have for pretty much the whole month of June. Azaleas, dogwo…

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Most of us push away from the table three times a day full and satisfied. While we might debate whether some food we consume is good for us, the point is most of us do not go hungry.

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We are now in the fourth week of the expanded, new West Life. We merged our three papers — West Life, The Press and The North Ridgeville Press — into one entity that covers 12 West Side communities. So far, it seems as if people are loving it! Email, letter and phone responses have been abou…

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I’ve been a journalist and writer for a very long time. I’m not going to be specific because, well, that would make me seem old. And I’m not. Old that is. In the course of those oh-so-many years, I have developed trigger reactions to certain words, phrases and platitudes. And because I care …

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Former Rocky River Mayor Earl Martin passed away Mar. 28 at age 88. He will be remembered for decades of dedicated service to his beloved hometown. I will remember him for another reason. Earl was my neighbor.

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My husband and I lived for more than 20 years in a nice Lakewood bungalow-style house. We moved there when our oldest was 1 year old. Our son was born while we lived in that house. It was home.

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Friends who are parents of high school seniors spent the last year — not to dismiss the preceding 17 or 18 — going through the high-stakes drama of college testing, campus visits and the excruciating wait for "the letter" to arrive from the admissions office.

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Transitioning from one season to another in Northeast Ohio is a study in contrasts. That fact is embodied by the mercurial personality of our most valuable natural asset, Lake Erie. From one month to another, one day to the next, the lake presents a new face as it crashes, saunters or tiptoe…

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It’s March. It’s depressing. We are feeling whiplash from weather that goes from 57 degrees in the morning to the 20s by mid-afternoon. So now is the perfect time to remember all the wonderful aspects of living in Northeast Ohio. And I’m not being sarcastic. We live in a phenomenal area.

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It’s been two weeks since I attended the Ohio Newspaper Media Association awards ceremony in Columbus and I am still smiling. Journalism is embedded in my DNA. It’s been a family “business,” so to speak, since the 1940s, when my father got his first journalism job. In fact, my parents MET at…

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Has a red flashing light been going on and off in your head in recent days? That's your heart reminding you that tomorrow is Valentine's Day and to make sure you have properly prepared to celebrate the day honoring love.

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Did you see the stunning performance delivered by UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi when she competed a few weeks ago? After watching her spot-on, joyful floor routine, it was not surprising to learn she had been a prospective Olympian.

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Life lessons often happen at unexpected moments. No drumrolls. No claps of thunder. No deep declarations after a pregnant pause. Such was the case last week when, in a casual moment of multi-tasking, I learned that an unthinking texting habit of mine was causing extreme consternation.

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When Americans are in trouble, other Americans step up to help. Whether it's disasters like hurricanes, floods and fires, running a neighbor to a doctor appointment, helping out in the yard or pitching in to baby-sit. That's who we are, or at least, it's what I choose to believe.

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Cleveland sports teams are no strangers to the proverbial coaching carousel. The Browns are the embodiment of staff turnover, having employed 10 different head coaches since 1999, with the longest-tenured coach being Romeo Crennel from 2005-2008.

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A recent Netflix series entitled “13 Reasons Why” is a fictional drama built around 13 audiotapes recorded by a high school junior shortly before she dies by suicide. Each tape is about a person whose actions – or lack thereof – contributed to her action. In addition to the extremely sensiti…

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While millions participated in Earth Day activities and The March for Science last Saturday, the march I did involved no signs or throngs of people. Rather, I loaded a few items into a knapsack then headed to Kopf Family Reservation. More specifically, I headed to the large enclosed area nea…

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Most of us have had a small nagging pain or unresolved problem that bugs us. At times, those small things can suck up large portions of our thoughts. Inevitably, we hear about someone who is experiencing something far worse. That’s when most of us realize whatever was bugging us pales in com…

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“Heads down! Eyes down!” came the command, not from a drill sergeant at boot camp, but from a freed slave warning us how to behave in front of less-than-benevolent masters and slave traders on the harrowing “Road to Freedom.”

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She graduated from college, although it was not her first choice school. Her mom died at the young age of 45, after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. Shortly after, she discovered her father had been involved in a long-time affair. They stopped speaking. She moved away, met a guy …

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For one hour last Saturday night, lights went out. They went out at the iconic Empire State Building, Big Ben in London, Sydney Opera House, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Acropolis in Greece, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Egypt and Red Square i…

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Do you recall what you were doing on Dec. 15 last year? It was a Friday, the last full weekend before Christmas. I suspect many were decorating, shopping, standing in line at the post office with out-of-town gifts to mail, baking, attending parties, or watching Hallmark Channel’s annual wall…

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Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the print version of this column which appeared in the March 15, 2017 edition of The Press included three lines from the previous week’s column. We regret the error.

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This was a big week for for very young children in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District. Kindergarten and first-grade students celebrated reading in connection with Read Across America while second-grade students traveled the world during Culture Days. Both activities are featured el…

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While I loved to read as a kid, my brother Mike — my Irish twin less than a year younger than me — did not like to read. He struggled as a reader. He also struggled as a student. Today, teachers identify and help a student like Mike at a very young age. Back then, kids got lost.

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Virtually every single person reading this column is able to do so because their family member decide to leave the place they called home to create a new home here in America. Some came willingly, while some ran for their lives. Of course, there are notable exceptions including Native Americ…

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By 7 a.m. Saturday morning, my Facebook page was filled with photos of women across the world. They were marching. There were photos from Lilongwe, Malawi; Vienna, Austria; Frankfurt, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa, Riga, Latvia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; Nairobi, Kenya; N…