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TV Dads Are Far From Real

My father passed away 30 years ago when he was just 68 years old. He was two years older than I am today. He lived enough years to see most of his children leave the nest and to celebrate about one-third of his grandchildren’s births. He was a proud, patriotic man who served in the U.S. ...

For Father’s Day This Year, Give Dad a Toby or Two

What do you give the father who has everything? A Toby mug of course. These treasures are fun to collect and display, and there are plenty of them to search for which is half the fun. The Royal Doulton company has a long history and is famous for its tobies, among other wares. Doulton and ...

Unplugged And Loving It

It is common knowledge that as we grow older, our memories are not always firing on all cylinders. As hard as we try, sometimes we can’t recall pieces of our youth or even what we ate for breakfast. Some folks say they can’t recall any parts of their childhood under the age of 5. ...

Canes, Walking Sticks, Are Fashionable Collectibles

Canes, or walking sticks, as they were formerly known, are a reminder of the pre-World War I era when gentlemen considered a proper walking stick a necessary accessory. These sticks were not just for walking, however. Considered a fashion statement, walking sticks were also valuable as ...

The Disturbing Pecking Order

I never really understood the phrase “pecking order” until recently. After checking with Mr. Webster’s dictionary, I confirmed my suspicions that the pecking order actually was established by poultry. Hens, that is. Apparently the bigger, stronger, more aggressive hens rule the roost. ...

Gardening: An Activity That Can Be Enjoyed By Everyone

WHEELING — This is a very exciting time of year for gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts. It brings me much joy driving around the Ohio Valley and noticing many gardens beginning. Starting a garden without the guidance of a family member or trusted neighbor can be overwhelming and ...