| Sep 1, 2013
I plan to remember this year's vacation season with just two words: Never again.
Never again, that is, will I take all my technology along. The Internet has ruined summer vacations.
When I first visited my in-laws' cabin in Ontario's north woods 35...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:32 AM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. --- As the person in my family least fond of Scrabble, I resonated deeply......
| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:36 PM
Author John Graves, whose 1960 book "Goodbye to a River" and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state's most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92.
Graves died Wednesday at the home he called Hard Scrabble near Glen...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
In the early 1970s, three guys in the Midwest invented a genuinely new kind of game. David Wesely, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson were all fascinated by complicated tabletop war simulations; Wesely was the one who revolutionized game-play when he asked...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 4:09 AM
Last Christmas, I accidentally bought a version of an old-school board game that (GASP) involves a tablet.
We play a lot of games and, remembering back to one of my favorite choices as a child, I thought the boys would like the The Game of Life.
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:43 AM
This summer, Printers Row Journal invited kids ages 5-16 to submit reviews of their favorite summer reads. Here’s what young writers had to say. Watch for more in the coming weeks.
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
I read "The Outsiders." Ponyboy...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:16 AM
A daughter, Brynna Grace Barnum, was born to Nick and Jill Barnum of Charlevoix on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Brynna weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. Grandparents are Jerry and Jane Tabaczka of Manistee, and John and...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 3:54 PM
It was sometime around the 30-minute mark of episode 11 of the new Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” that I suddenly felt that going to a women’s prison might not be so bad. Even life-affirming.
I was in the process...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It's called fishing, not catching.
That must be why I'm not catching anything, though I'm standing in one of the premiere fly-fishing spots in Colorado — the Roaring Fork River on the edge of Aspen (http://www.aspenchamber.com).
It is picture-...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:58 PM
The kickoff for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s first geocaching trail will be Aug. 24 in Martinsburg at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad roundhouse in Martinsburg, according to a visitors bureau official.
| Jul 13, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Going to be standing on by best Sunday soapbox a couple times, so slap me if I start preaching too much . . .
Soapbox No. 1: Personal responsibility.
As usually happens this time of year, we have had a couple of negative stories involving members of...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:51 PM
Chuck Foley, whose Twister party game brought shoeless strangers achingly close to one another and made even the most spirited rounds of Scrabble seem comparatively tame, has died. He was 82.
The inventor, who held 97 patents, died July 1 in a care...