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A pro-life march was held in the snow and sleeting rain Saturday in front of the Planned Parenthood office in Rocky River. Both sides had their say. Nothing was solved. No one’s mind was changed. And everyone went home, probably to clear their walks and dry off with a nice hot beverage, feel…

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At 22 years old, Alison Donahue is among the youngest reporters covering Michigan's statehouse. She's held the job since last August.

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Seems like Christmas brings out the good in most. Donations and acts of kindness tend to tick up this month. Following a steady diet of news stories that are depressing, infuriating and frightening, it's good to press the pause button and think a bit about all the good people doing good thin…

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It seemed like the lead-up to the holidays took… for …. ever…. And then, suddenly, it was Thanksgiving and everything kicked into high gear. We blinked, the meal was over and Black Friday was upon us. Actually, Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving, with stores like Target, Walmart and Koh…

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Many of us will spend the coming days at a local Christmas tree lot, or hauling an artificial tree out of an obscure space in the basement or storage room. The really ambitious will load kids into the car or van and drive to the country to chop down their tree.

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It is inevitable — and right — that this time of year we consider our blessings. As I was considering a topic for my column this week, I was drawn to writing down the many things for which I am grateful. Here is my humble assessment of what makes my life fulfilling.

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Every year, as the air chills, the skies turn a semi-permanent gray and life grinds into winter mode, I compose a long seasonal to-do list. Some are simple indoor projects. Some are about achieving life goals. Usually, there’s very little in between.

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I recently drove to Shaker Heights, a trip I make about once a month. While I was growing up on the West Side, my only trips east involved University Circle and … well, University Circle. For this recent trip — and, indeed, all my trips outside of my comfort zone — I use Waze, the phone app …

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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…