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Snap, Crackle And Pop

All I wanted was a box of Rice Krispies. Sometimes I will purchase the cheaper store brand but I was craving the name-brand snap, crackle and pop version. That is until I saw the price of a skinny box of cereal with the cute elf-like creatures on the box. I guess I expressed my disdain for ...

Limoges Porcelain is a Classic Collectible

While in high school, I worked an after-school job at King’s Jewelry Store in Wheeling. King’s was always busy and my main duty was wrapping gifts. I learned a lot while handling and wrapping fine china, jewelry and countless wedding gifts. One of the first collectible treasures I ever ...

Ugly Signs Of Spring

The brief warm-up of last weekend led to increased traffic on the area’s walking and biking trails. More signs of spring are beginning to show up. At Oglebay Park, the tulip bulbs planted last fall are peeking out of the ground, which was, until recently, covered with a blanket of ...

Irish Lace, Delicate Collectible for the Season

The fragile beauty of lace attracts the eye and fascinates collectors. Lace can be varied in size, depth and intricacy, but it always adds a touch of elegance and a bit of drama to clothing and household linens. Framed antique lace is beautiful, too, and offers an unusual visual treat. Like ...

The Russians Are Coming?

I wasn’t around during World War II, but I am a product of the post-war baby boomer generation. I heard plenty about the conflict that claimed the lives of American troops “across the pond” and in the Pacific. As an eight-year-old Catholic school student in the mid-1960s, my fellow ...

Maybe It’s The Oatmeal

Some call it a blessing. Others call it a curse. Thanks to improved knowledge about healthy living, improved sanitation and modern medicine, people are living much longer than their ancestors. Pioneers crossing the prairies and mountain ranges of this country had many obstacles to simply ...