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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, ...

Life Changes: Reimagining you

As we consider gifts to celebrate the holidays with loved ones, I wish you would invest in a special gift for yourself. The top “wish-list item” that people have shared conversations with me throughout this entire year, is the wish to be truer to their self… and to figure out “who I am ...

A Word, Please: 5 Not-Fun-But-Very-Useful grammar terms

As we saw recently in this column, some language terms are fun to learn. Squinting modifier. Dummy operator. Eggcorn. Larfs all around. Others, not so much. Grammar is famous for its unfriendly jargon. But some of these less-fun-to-learn terms are very useful. They convey concepts that help ...

Brown Library offers holiday gift programs for children

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., may help your children come up with the perfect homemade holiday gifts. Registration began Nov. 26 for winter gift-making programs that begin Monday. Everyone loves to receive a homemade gift made from the loving hands of a child. Children are ...

Dickens of a Christmas coming

WELLSBORO — It’s one of the hottest events in Wellsboro and it happens in the dead of winter. The 35th annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration starts on Nov. 30 and continues on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. It’s one of the best getaway weekends of the year. Dickens of a Christmas was the ...

Sun-Gazette names Hayden as lifestyle/education editor

Courtney Hayden, lifestyle and features reporter for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, has been promoted to the position of lifestyle and education editor, publisher Bernard A. Oravec announced. “Courtney has proven herself since joining our staff with consistent storytelling not only in the ...

Lucille Sturgis Gramley Goyne: Scrapbooker

The school scrapbook of Lucille Sturgis Gramley Goyne does not display the artistry of the scrapbooks created by today’s hobbyists. Yet the plain green volume effectively shares Goyne’s memories of her time at Williamsport Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College). A member of the ...

What does homelessness look like?

Brenda lived a picture-perfect life working as an accountant, living in her dream home. Everything was going smoothly until things took a turn for the worst when she got terribly sick. She ran out of sick time at work so she was let go. With no income and medical bills piling up, she ...