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WRITER: Burton Cole

‘Mommy, are you coming home?’

Editor’s note: Local breast cancer survivors will tell their stories on The Vindicator Health page every Tuesday in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. AUSTINTOWN — One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with breast cancer for Cindy Kramer was how to reassure her 6-year-old son. “Every time I went to the hospital for a treatment, he would ask, ‘Mommy, are you coming home?’” ...

Mow the hay in the mow and give a read to words read in different ways

Cousin Ollie snugged another bale of hay into place. Our pirate ship of timothy and clover was almost complete. "We should call these Hayos," he said. "You know, like Legos, only bigger." "I don't think it'll catch on," I said. "Sure it will," he said. "Hay bales are Legos for farm kids. Maybe we should call them Bale-os. What do you think about Silageos?" "Hay isn't silage." "But it's a cool ...

Eight ball, and the car keys, in the corner pocket

“Aren’t those the same pants you wore yesterday?” “Of course,” I said. “The pockets were already loaded.” His eyebrows arched. “With what?” “Keys, pens, cards, coins, memory stick, phone — everything in its pocketed place and ready to go.” I don’t need trendy trousers. I wear a walking filing cabinet cinched by a belt. The joke for years was that women carried bottomless ...

Is this real life? Is this (budget) just fantasy?

I rechecked the numbers, praying for a glorious mistake. Nope. The math was correct. “We’ve got to stop indulging our whims and fancies,” I said. “We can’t afford it.” “I’ve laid in a good supply of fancies in the root cellar. That should hold us for a while,” Terry said. “But we’re a couple whims short of a full pantry.” “We don’t have a root cellar.” “My goodness. Then where ...

Junior Auto Mechanic calls out the right word — ‘Help!’

Her car was very, very dead. I parked behind her, my four-ways flashing, and offered to look under the hood. I grew up with Backyard Auto Mechanics who were always hunched under hoods, coaxing vehicles to roaring zest with a few deft moves with hammers, wrenches and the occasional stick of dynamite. Me, I was a Junior Auto Mechanic. My job was to hold the flashlight. But this day, I was the only help the ...

Lemonade stand brings healing

AUSTINTOWN — Eight-year-old Annalise Kenyon couldn’t think of a better way to honor the memory of her Aunt Mimi than caring for the rescue animals that Mimi loved. Annalise told her mom that she wanted to give her birthday money to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. “She doesn’t spend her birthday money. She’s 8. I don’t think she’s spent a penny of her birthday money in eight ...

Is it science or sense to hide beneath cinched hoodies?

Forbes magazine recently asked, “Is there science behind why teens wear hoodies in the summer?” You may not believe this, but I myself was once a teen. It’s true. I was. I remember this one time when Georgie Washington, Tommy Jefferson, Benny Franklin and I were out playing tag behind the schoolhouse and Georgie kept trying to bum dollar coins off us to throw across the river. Georgie lived on the other ...

Of snoring spiders and Spider-Men — rest easy

Rest easy — science has confirmed that spiders sleep. Also, Spider-Man turned 60 this month, so you know that he naps, too. While no scientific study was conducted on Spider-Man’s slumber habits, you better believe researchers focused their spy cameras on the bedchambers of spiders to determine their sleeping cycles. Why? Who knows? I fell asleep before I read that far in the journal Proceedings of the ...

Only hooking a catch can ruin a guys’ fishing camp

The shout shattered the afternoon serenity: “Guys! I hooked one!” Amid the groans of the others, McManus tipped his hat off his eyes, raised up to his elbows and spit out the blade of grass he’d been chewing. “Accidents happen. Shake it free.” The fishing camp rookie cranked his reel. “Did you see it jump? I’ve never hooked such a large trout.” “Hush,” Sweeney said. “You’re ...

Melina remembered with fundraiser

CANFIELD — The Edenfield family continues to choose joy. They will do so again with the third annual Choose Joy for Melina fundraiser 11:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Canfield Green to benefit pediatric brain cancer research. Sponsored by the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation, the joy will include bounce houses, balloon animals, magic, face painting, kids yoga, music, a DJ, a photo booth, Melina’s Craft ...