Category Archives: Religion

Where is Luke Skywalker?

That’s the burning question Star Wars fans want to know and the quest the gets the ball rolling (literally) in The Force Awakens. The Jedi Master is AWOL and the galaxy means to find him. But before we get to … Continue reading

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Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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From Mighty Oaks

No matter where you go in the world this time of year, the climate is lovely, moderated from the extremes. Even the arctic tundra is awakening and returning to life.  Spring cleaning is done and garden beds are being prepped … Continue reading

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World Tree

As I raked leaves this weekend, I spent some time taking stock of the ash tree standing sentinel over the front yard. It’s had a rough few years and bears the D-shaped scars of attack from the emerald ash borer, … Continue reading

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Of Sunlight and Shadow

It’s the burning question everyone living in a northern clime wants to know this time each year (and if the question burned a little more, it might actually keep us warm): when will this blasted winter end? The winter of … Continue reading

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Into the West

Back in May, in celebration of the first annual Tolkien Burren Festival, we took a look at how author J.R.R. Tolkien’s love for Ireland – especially the Burren – may have influenced The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. … Continue reading

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Rub-a-dub-dub

Outside, it’s a balmy 13°F in the midst of a lake-effect squall, but inside the temperature is comfortably and soothingly higher than body temperature. Aaahh…the bathtub – an indispensible household fixture for anyone enduring winter above the 40° latitudinal mark. … Continue reading

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