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STACEY GROSS

STAFF WRITER WARREN TIMES OBSERVER

Quit Dates and Motivational Kittens

I dislike inspirational messages, motivational posters, and memes that are not funny or at least mildly obnoxious. Offensive is going too far, often, but obnoxious is kind of requisite. Without these qualities, to me, they’re grating and abrasive. I don’t like pictures of fuzzy kittens unless they say something cute about, I don’t know, destruction or personal ruin next to them.

“Hang in there” isn’t going to get me there, folks.

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Nicotine Gum and the Volume Of My Voice

The time has come. I know it. Everyone knows it. My lungs know it, and they let me know it by ejecting hacking rasps of bronchial matter that looks a lot like what my kids deposit in tissues.

I have a bad habit. I have a really disgusting, pathetic attachment to a chemical crutch that I justify with weak sauce excuses.

“After the year I’ve had…”

Please. It sounds like a cliche, because parents have been saying it since approximately the beginning of time, but there are absolutely children in Africa that have had a worse year than me and I feel acute subconscious shame every time I start a sentence that way.

Read this blog post at the Times Observer website – Nicotine Gum and the Volume Of My Voice

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

“There’s a little pressure in defending my title,” Fr. Rich Toohey of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church said before squaring off against Fr. Jim Gutting of Holy Redeemer in Warren and Dr. Howard Ferguson, the principal of St. Joseph School, in a round of “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader.”

Read this article at the Times Observer website – 5th Grader

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Groundhog Day – I’m So Over It

“…it’s good to have Bill Murray back where he belongs. And to have Groundhog Day over with, for another year, and forever.”

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WCCBI CEO Helping to Promote ‘Hiring Heroes Initiative’ in Northwestern PA, Warren County

“Pennsylvania has always been attractive to veterans,” Jim Decker, President and CEO of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, said of the Northwest Commission’s Hiring Heroes Initiative.

Read this article on the Times Observer website – Hiring Heroes

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State Democratic Candidates, Including US House and Senate, Converge On Warren

“You’re not going to get a better view of a candidate,” Jeff Eggleston, Democratic State Committee member, said of Saturday’s petition signing party at Vita Bella Caffe in downtown Warren.

Read this article on the Times Observer website – Converge on Warren

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Driving Character -Former Harlem Globetrotter Visits St. Joseph School

“My goal is to do exactly what I did in the Harlem Globetrotters – put smiles on kids’ faces,” Corey Rich said before an assembly of kindergarteners through fifth-grade students at St. Joseph School on Monday in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Read this story at the Times Observer Website – Driving Character

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The Talk: Parent Education in Establishing Relationships

We ought to “recognize the dignity of our children and parent them from that perspective,” said Tony Marino, of Forest-Warren Human Services.

Read this article on the Times Observer Website – The Talk

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Meet the Masons

“We don’t just sit around in our tuxedos and talk about… how great we look in our tuxedos,” Knopf said of the somewhat mysterious organization that fellow mason Brother Paul O. Walker, past District Deputy Grand Master of the 56th district (now the 24th), and the three other members in attendance agreed, needn’t be shrouded in any mystery at all.

Read this article on the Times Observer website – Meet the Masons

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