Beyond the Byline: Flipping cards and rocks for bases

Beyond the Byline: Flipping cards and rocks for bases

WILKES-BARRE — There’s been a lot going on in recent days — a record-breaking snowfall, the NCAA Final Four and the last go-round of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in town. Lost in the shuffle, sadly, was Opening Day of Major League Baseball. I never thought I would see the day when […]

Beyond the Byline: A story of a boy and a dog

Beyond the Byline: A story of a boy and a dog

WILKES-BARRE — After the snowstorm of the century, it was good to stumble across a story about a boy and a dog. And we all must be tired of the daily Trump-versus-the-world stories and the incessant whining on both sides of the political spectrum — the chest-pounders who apparently are still celebrating Trump’s victory, and […]

Beyond the Byline: Remembering the days of our lives

Beyond the Byline: Remembering the days of our lives

WILKES-BARRE — I recall the day I got up early and had a little breakfast with my mom. It was summer and school was out. Dad was at work. After breakfast, I went outside to see who was around. A few of my pals were gathering on the corner of Reynolds and Second streets. We […]

Beyond the Byline: Add, don’t discard, Monopoly pieces

Beyond the Byline: Add, don’t discard, Monopoly pieces

WILKES-BARRE — Long ago, in a far-away place, before electronic games were ever even thought of, rainy days would find children gathered around the kitchen table playing board games. And the most popular board game of all — at least in my neighborhood — was Monopoly. What was great about Monopoly was that everyone could […]

Feet to the Snow: 4 seasons are better than 1, even with snow

Feet to the Snow: 4 seasons are better than 1, even with snow

PLAINS TWP. — Stella! Stell-aaa!!! STELLLLLAAAAAAAA!!!!! I found myself yelling her name over and over on Tuesday, much to my cat’s (Lily) dismay. She had this look on her face as if to say, “You’re no Marlon Brando.” And by the looks of things out my window, I wasn’t about to see a streetcar named […]