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A Long Retail Line Yields Reflection

So, I thought my Christmas shopping was done, and then I realized that I had forgotten to buy a present for our dog, Nutmeg. Wanting to stick close to home, I decided to take a “quick” trip to our local K-mart,

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Posted in Daily Life, Health, Northwest PA, Nutmeg and Nora, People, Pets

Dimorier Brought Newspapers to Erie Classrooms

In 1914, William Dimorier, a high school teacher from Erie, PA, received national recognition for a project he had initiated at Erie High called “Newspaper Week.” While Dimorier was not the originator of such a concept, his project was the

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Posted in Consumer Life, Daily Life, Dimorier, History, Northwest PA, Writing

7 Science-Backed Ways to Cheer Someone Up

Recently I was contacted by Julissa Arangure, community-outreach professional at Shari’s Berries. She had seen that I completed the 100 Happy Days challenge. Julissa wanted to share a blog post on that ran on their site called, “50 Ways to Cheer

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NaNoWriMo Final Update — I’m a Winner!

11/28/2017 – Two Days Early – I’m a Winner (Word Count 54,130) Yes, it’s true. I’m officially a NaNoWriMo winner. My official word count is 54,130. I felt the need to exceed 50,000 words, because I started with 3,874. What

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Periodic Updates!

I’ve decided that one post with periodic updates makes more sense from here forward in this NaNoWriMo adventure.  It seems as though I might actually complete this thing! 11/25/2017 – After Thanksgiving Break, Back on Track (Word Count 45,322) I’m

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Nora At Rest

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, we said a final goodbye to Nora. She was almost nine years old and died of kidney failure after living with Cushing’s Disease and blindness for more than two years. Even with these health challenges,

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Nutmeg and Nora

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day Three!

I decided it would probably be better to do these NaNoWriMo updates at the end of the day, rather than the beginning. It’s too easy to get sidetracked before the writing has started. While these updates may be helpful for

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day Two!

Yesterday marked a great start to NaNoWriMo. I started with 3,874 words and ended with 6,549. That’s a word count for the day of 2,675. My goal was 2,000. It was amazing how easily the words were dripping from my

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day One!

After many years of having a profile on the NaNoWriMo site, conditions are finally right for me to participate in the 50,000-word novel challenge during the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that sponsors the challenge in which

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An Evening in Fredonia With Guitarist Pat Donohue

From Pat Donohue's press page.

I stood in the lobby of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, in upstate New York, passing the time by looking at my phone while my husband sought out our will-call tickets. We were there to see Pat Donohue, Grammy-winning guitarist.

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