Tornado relief work trip to Apison TN

Dear friends, I will be traveling to Apison, TN (near Chattanooga) later this month with a group of about 30 people from Concord United Methodist Church (Beaver Falls, PA). We will be working with Open House Volunteers to help the Apison community recover and rebuild after April’s devastating tornadoes, which killed 8 people there and…

A plea for leadership

[This was penned by my sister, who is also my business partner. I offered to post it on my blog because I agree it’s something that needs to be said.] Dear Mr. President, Many years ago, and two years after I had been elected President by our Board, Our company was facing hard times. There…

Seriously.

Where HAVE the days gone, indeed… Aside from a half-hearted attempt last Fall (a YEAR ago!) it would appear that I haven’t blogged for quite a while. Of course, I’ve blogged in my HEAD many times (thinking how I would write about this or that trip or hike), but it never happened. I’m going to…

Ultimate Frisbee tournament

I finally got to watch a couple games of an Ultimate tournament today, since I'm in Reston VA on business, and Alex's team happened to be in a tournament here. It took me a little time to figure out the rules, but after a while I could tell when a point was scored and when…

Den project

Den before Last August after Nikki moved out, we decided to use her bedroom as a temporary TV room so that we could remodel the den downstairs. It hadn't been changed in the 20 years we've been here, and likely not in the 40 years of the house's existence. The carpet was a deep pile…

Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo   Muglet This year, instead of buying tickets for the Big Pour, we decided to go to the Brew at the Zoo (held at the Pittsburgh Zoo), a benefit for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The event was sold out; I'm not sure how many tickets that meant, but I would…

Saturday in Salem

Pedestrian area in Salem After a truly delicious breakfast at our B&B (savory herb/gorgonzola/cranberry scones, ham/cheese/broccoli mini-quiches, apple-rhubarb crisp, fresh fruit, coffee & OJ), we walked in to Essex Street, much of which is a pedestrian-only area full of interesting shops and restaurants. My niece was mainly in charge of choosing where we went, so…