Lifestyle News

Reduce stress through mindfulness

At the beginning of the new year it’s common to make a resolution to take better care of yourself or on how to become more proficient in your daily life. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Akasha Center for Holistic Medicine, 2300 E. Third St., will hold it’s monthly Wellness Wednesday ...

Preserving history and making it widely available

One diverse thing Williamsport women like community leader Anne Higgins Perley, Sun-Gazette, April 10, 2016, and musicians Louise Holmes Stryker, Oct. 8, 2017, and Mary Landon Russell, Feb. 8, 2015, have in common is that all were regents of the Lycoming Chapter of the Daughters of the American ...

What do you do if you’re being stalked?

Stalking is an issue that gets lumped in with domestic violence but is often overlooked at as its own specific problem. Countless people across Lycoming County have experienced or are experiencing stalking by a stranger or someone they know. A few years ago, a friend of mine went out on a ...

Book review of ‘The Hike’

Drew Magary’s sophomore novel, “The Hike,” is a wildly funny fantasy ride that also has its hand well in horror. If you enjoyed Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” you’ll love Magary’s similar style of immersing the reader within the first few pages. The novel follows Ben, an ...

Creature Comforts: Marty’s weight loss journey

He’s so big and soft and huggable! There’s more of him to love. He’s got a handsome face. He’s chubby, full-figured, plump, roly-poly, stocky, heavyset, rotund, chunky, husky, thickset, hefty, paunchy, replete, stout, corpulent, weighty, burly. He shops in the “big and tall ” store, ...

Art & antiques, Protecting your collections

All of us have art, antiques and collectibles that we have acquired over the years. No matter what family heirlooms we have or what antiques we like to collect, there are few things we should all know about our collections and protecting them. Here are some tips about donations, obtaining ...

Home Country; If we were like geese

The last of the geese went by the other day. The late ones. The big dark geese. Headed south noisily. I used to envy them, somehow. They go down there to the warm coastal areas where the jacks swim and the nights are chilly but livable this time of year. If they’re especially sensitive ...

A Word, Please: Lay versus lie

The distinction between “lay” and “lie” continues to fade. Almost without exception, people say, “I laid on the couch.” They never seem to say, “I lay on the couch.” Plus, people usually throw in the word “down,” making the distinction between “I lay down” and “I laid ...

Animal tales, A home for Lee Ann

By SHARYN TOBIAS ECKMAN Special to the Sun-Gazette We found Lee Ann, my brother’s 12-year old cat, hiding in a closet on the day he died. For over two years Mike had endured many chemotherapy and radiation treatments during his battle against lung cancer, fighting long after most people ...

Ringing in the New Year

WELLSBORO — The words of the song we usually sing at midnight on New Year’s Eve were immortalized by the poet Robert Burns. “Should an old acquaintance be forgot, and days long gone by? We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet, for days long gone by.” The “Auld Lang Syne” reminds us to ...

A Word, Please: Liking the word like

I like “like.” Specifically, I like “like” to mean “such as.” And the reason I like “like” is because so many of the writers I edit have been conditioned to dislike “like.” It, like, drives me bonkers. “Along with exciting new menu items such as tilapia tacos and ...

‘The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge’

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” is now 175 years old. Well on its way to a glorious bicentennial in 2043, this “Ghostly little book” (to use the author’s phrase) has inspired dozens of screen versions and a number of adjunct books: There’s Mark Osmun’s ...

Christkindl Market

MIFFLINBURG — The Christkindl Market has it all and much more. Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday with a parade led by Mifflinburg High School’s Renaissance Bande and St. Nicholas, the Christkindl Market runs Thursday through Saturday. Like food with a German flair? Think schnitzel on a stick, ...

Remember, Christmas still is Christmas: Women, the home front and WWII

A news article in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette published on Dec. 20, 1943 reminded readers that, despite the country’s being at war, “Christmas still is Christmas... so much sorrow, so much tragedy, so much disappointment in the world... opportunity to send rays of happiness into otherwise ...

A Word, Please

It’s the holidays. And I can think of no better time to learn how to write holidays — the specific ones, I mean, like the one that celebrates mothers or the one that recognizes veterans or any of the other holidays you’re sure you know how to write until you sit down to write it. Is it ...

Cheap toys and holiday joys

The year was 2004, and my husband and I reached a new milestone in our parenting. On a long car trip, our two children, then 3 years and 18 months, had their first argument. “Give it to me!” our son said. “No!” was our daughter’s emphatic reply. “Yes! Give it to me! I want to ...

YWCA Our Voice

Going to any sort of doctor’s office is not my idea of a good time, no matter how nice the staff is. When I visit a doctor, they ask me the usual questions about my physical and mental health. Never once has anyone asked me if I am experiencing abuse at home. Over 75 percent of domestic ...

Local poet, author Marjorie Maddox

The poet and author Marjorie Maddox, also known as Marjorie Maddox Hafer, of Williamsport and English and creative writing professor at Lock Haven University, has written 11 books of poetry and several children’s book. Maddox often switches genres and has a passion for writing poetry, ...

Local poet, author Marjorie Maddox

The poet and author Marjorie Maddox, also known as Marjorie Maddox Hafer, of Williamsport and English and creative writing professor at Lock Haven University, has written 11 books of poetry and several children’s book. Maddox often switches genres and has a passion for writing poetry, ...