My Central Pennsylvania roots call me home

When I was a young boy, my mom let me buy a book in the Scholastic book order and I bought Mickey’s Magnet, a story about a little kid who discovers the power of magnets after he spills a box of his mother’s pins. A cheap little red and gray horseshoe-shaped magnet came with the book …

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Blinded by an eye-for-an-eye

I’ve been thinking about Hollywood’s version of revenge in recent weeks. When I was growing up you had the classic version where Charles Bronson in the 1974 movie Death Wish plays a man who after seeing his wife murdered and is daughter assaulted in a home invasion goes on a vigilante killing spree seeking out …

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Why I’m a Grinch when it comes to Valentine’s Day

I can let out a dirty little secret. Now that Valentine’s Day 2017 is over, I can say what I really think of the holiday: I hate it. Consumers were expected to spend an average of $136 this year, totaling more than $18.2 billion, on Valentine's Day gifts for loved ones this year. I love …

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Operating on fumes

The minute I step outside the door the crisp air hits me with the force of jackhammer drilling into my sidewalk. It's hard, it's with a jolt, and it's with definitive force and power. I wrap my overcoat tighter around my body and walk briskly to my car. For the past several weeks, I’ve been rushing …

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Uncharted territory: Taking a leap of faith

A coworker ran up to me in the parking lot in a panic. I’ve been helping her prepare for a job interview for a new position with our company. She wanted my advice on how to approach a sensitive question. A friend I worked with years ago has been considering a career switch. He’s unhappy …

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Selfish play

I’m not much of a betting man. When I was 8, I traded away a 1975 Roberto Clemente baseball card, now valued anywhere from $20 to $700, and I learned the hard way that betting and bartering have consequences. However, I’ll bet a small fortune that come Sunday in Super Bowl LI one fortunate wide …

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