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Reading A Widow’s Story & Remembering 2008 JCO Talk

A spouse’s passing devastates. A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates, illustrates the first year after her husband, Raymond J. Smith, died on February 18, 2008. Oates was fortunate to have many devoted friends, but she still felt isolated and

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Posted in Culture, People, Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing

The Post: Film About Katharine Graham, Unsure to Unstoppable

Recently, I saw The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film centers on a damning Vietnam War study and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham’s most-difficult decision in 1971. At the beginning of the film, I was confused by

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Posted in Culture, Family, History, People, Technology, Travel, Uncategorized, USA, Writing

I, Tonya Renews Inspiration

The 2018 Oscar nominations for I, Tonya sent me to my ancient clipping file to excavate a March 1994 essay I wrote about the controversial figure skater. The piece appeared in a reader-participation series featured in our local newspaper, called

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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

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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William E. Dimorier: Servant Leader

This blog post contains information on the manuscript that resulted from the Dimorier Project. BRIEF ABSTRACT The Dimorier project began in 2004, when a handwritten journal of original poetry was discovered at a printing-house auction in Erie, Pennsylvania. The journal belonged

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Posted in Dimorier, History, Northwest PA, People, Writing

7 Things to Know About Steve Gleason, Living With ALS

Last weekend, we watched the latest Netflix arrival, Gleason. This documentary, about retired New Orleans Saints defensive back, Steve Gleason, is a love letter to his son, and so much more. It’s a story of courage, hope, and grit. Diagnosed

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7 Things to Know About Servant Leadership

After studying William E. Dimorier for more than a decade, I concluded that his life could be summed up as follows: Service to others is worthwhile, even if unrecognized. It took me a while to finesse the thesis to that

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IP Lawyer Invests Time, Talent, & Resources in NWPA

Registered patent attorney Jonathan D’Silva moved to northwestern Pennsylvania in 2005, and he has no plans to leave anytime soon. In fact, he just began a new business venture there, and that’s also where you’ll find his two largest clients.

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Posted in Northwest PA, People, Technology, USA, World Affairs