How do you deal with loss? Not just the loss of a loved one who filled your life and haunts your dreams — we all face that at one time or another, and struggle through it with a helping hand, a shoulder offered, a sharing of the burden. You either come out the other side and soldier on or yo…

The following, written by Sean Dietrich, as part of his Sean of the South blog, details a stopover in Cumberland while navigating the Great Allegany Passage and C&O Canal earlier this week. It was released to the Times-News with the author’s permission.

Our 15-year-old, a junior in high school, just started his online remote schooling today. I’m so very, very grateful! I’m grateful that he and his teachers and the rest of the school don’t have to expose themselves to the dreadful risk of contracting COVID-19. I’m grateful that we live in a …

The Times-News recently published an editorial and a reader commentary supporting the United States Postal Service. Although not opposed to the USPS, I must disagree with both the tone and premise of both pieces. The reader commentary states that the USPS is “mandated by our constitution.” T…

In a new book about her grandfather, Dwight D, Eisenhower, titled “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions,” Susan Eisenhower writes admiringly about Ike’s pursuit of what she calls “the middle way.”

One of the most insightful books I have read in a while is James Nestor’s “Breath — The New Science of a Lost Art.” Riverhead Books, New York, 2020. A typical person breathes 25,000 times a day. But are we breathing the best way to promote our health?

Today’s oddly retrospective progressives locate progress in a past that they hope will soon be revisited. They call for a new New Deal to resuscitate the economy from the pandemic-induced contraction. For example, James Roosevelt Jr., grandson of the New Deal’s creator, and Henry Scott Walla…

The Democratic National Convention gave former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, four minutes to offer his endorsement of Joe Biden. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left-wing media star, got only a minute and a half. The Democrats knew what they were doing.

The news is filled with reports of President Trump’s “assault” on the U.S. Postal Service. Democrats and some in the media say the president is deliberately slowing mail delivery and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle an anticipated flood of voting by mail in the president…

August 18th marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote across the country and enfranchised nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. A century later, voting is as — if not more — important than ever before.

A few columns ago, I wrote about the scientists who made the first key discoveries about atoms, including J.J. Thomson (electrons), Ernest Rutherford (nucleus) and Neils Bohr (the fixed energy levels of electrons).

Last Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of my mom’s passing; and while I miss her every day, deeply and painfully, I never cease being grateful that she is not here to be caught up in this pandemic nightmare. Between the lockdowns and the social distancing, it would have been difficult …

College presents students with a multitude of decisions: choosing a major; whether to live on or off campus; whether to participate in Greek life; and, perhaps most consequential, how to manage one’s time and money.

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Did you know that the Maryland Lawn Fertilizer Law went into effect in October 2013? Homeowners are responsible for applying no more than 0.9 pounds of total nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.

Here’s something peculiar: my entire family dislikes tomatoes. All four of us. We like all sorts of things made out of tomatoes — spaghetti sauce (which is one of my husband’s specialties) and salsa, pizza sauce and ketchup — we just don’t like raw tomatoes.

The stars — those points of light at night and the blazing ball in the day sky (sun) — show a great range in their sizes, temperature, age and composition. How do we know? — as approaching any star would be instant death! Through the laws of physics over the past several centuries, we have b…

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