As many of you may know, my grandparents were both very influential to me growing up. Unfortunately, my grandparents on my father’s side passed away when I was in grade school, but my grandparents on my mother’s side were very involved in my upbringing throughout my life.   Many of my friends from childhood will…

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  As the holiday season draws near and some of us will be seeing extended family – whether in small gatherings or virtually – it can be expected that at some point the 2020 election will be mentioned. A particularly polarizing election, lines have been drawn, sides chosen, and tempers seem to boil no matter…

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  When I was in second grade, our teacher, Mr. Conway, had all of us students write a letter to someone we admired as a local hero. I suggested Mario Lemieux, and fortunately, the class agreed. The year was 1994 and Mario Lemieux had just helped lead the Penguins to back to back Stanley Cup…

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