Outside the Box: Stories, ideas and funds needed building local ‘field of dreams’
In the movie “Field of Dreams,” a voice whispers like a breeze through the corn stalks as Kevin Costner walks through the field on his Iowa family farm. “If you build it, he will come,” it says.
What do the Globes tell us about the Oscars?
In the wake of Sunday's Golden Globes, some questions linger, most of them having to do with the Oscars.
One-sided ruling against Rodriguez makes statement for clean baseball
Alex Rodriguez's team of lawyers and public relations people portray him as the victim of a conspiracy. Regardless of the defense Rodriguez offers, the New York Yankees star isn't believable.
Resolved to a better you? Tips culled from 30 years of effort
Usually, Jan. 1 is the time when most people make resolutions about things they want to achieve for the upcoming year. I bet more than 75 percent of those resolutions involve changing habits to be more healthy and embarking on an exercise program to achieve those goals.
Outside the Box: Close your eyes and breathe — the human heart can only take so much
Last week, after the Texas A&M versus Duke college football bowl game, posts from my photojournalist friends started pouring into my Facebook news feed. Veteran Associated Press photographer Dave Martin had once again captured the classic image of the winning coach being doused in water.
Outside the Box: I tip my sparkly tiara after an excellent first year in Meadville
I conducted the first interview for my job at Allegheny College by cellphone from a hospital bed in Kuwait. Later, as I weighed the pluses and minuses of my job offers, I asked Sgt. Robert Taylor one question: Why Allegheny?
Outside the Box: Make 2014 a year of action
Last month, I was sitting in the associate dean’s office when the college president walked in and handed him money. Terry Bensel explained that his wife Connie’s family was from the area hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda, as it was called in the Philippines. People had begun asking about her family and offering support.
Looking for the Christmas spirit? You might just find it on the floor
My 2013 Christmas season has been unremarkable. Actually, it has been somewhat dreary. I got a $30 parking ticket for parking in a restricted lot, which while totally my fault and deserved, boiled by blood. Mix that in with a usually hectic season I have been feeling a little Grinchy. I’m mindful that things could be a whole, whole lot worse but, like most adults, I’m searching for the elusive magic that was part of my childhood Christmas celebrations. Jung said coming to consciousness never results without pain. Sure enough, coming to adult awareness has resulted in the disappearance of childhood joy and the appearance of a painful adult sense of responsibility. Welcome to growing up and becoming an adult, huh?
Which celebrities, politicians had the best and worst 2013?
What do the cast of Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have in common? How about Paula Deen, President Obama and Anthony Weiner?
Outside the Box: Each moment is an invitation — appreciate others and be thankful
In our journalism classes, I encourage students to write thank-you notes. I tell them that it’s an invitation, not an obligation; and, I offer incentive points to the students who thank others who have given generously of their time and expertise. Each semester, 10 to 20 percent of the students make the time and take the initiative to write personal thank-you notes.
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