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Babies at gunpoint

The same political machine that sees no difference between a handgun and an assault rifle now endorses laws that see no difference among an abortion at 6 weeks, 15 weeks or 20 weeks. At 6 weeks the cluster of cells that will later form the human heart are capable of emitting a pulse but that ...

Know Before You Grow: What to know about deadheading

By now flowers in your garden have burst into bloom creating a beautiful space where pollinators are busy gathering pollen. Perhaps before you’re ready, some flowers may fade as the season progresses. One option for extending the blooming season is deadheading, a gardening technique useful ...

We’re not born to hate; learn to love

Around 2:30 in the afternoon of a normal day in Buffalo, New York, a gunman in body armor decided to commit a mass shooting of innocent shoppers at a Tops Friendly Market. Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white male, drove into Buffalo from Conklin, New York with the goal to attack Black people ...

Thanks to center for memories

When I started this journey of nonprofit service in September 2020, the world was in the throes of a major pandemic. I quickly learned how much the programs and services provided by the O’Neill Center were needed and how everyone who worked here at the time was trying hard to fill the ...

Photographing pets can be tricky

If you are a regular on Facebook or Instagram, you are likely familiar with what pets your friends have. People love to photograph their animals. Photographing your pets can be a challenge. I know because I have a dog named Ricky. Ricky is high energy. Before I tell you how to photograph your ...

Doctor writes on theology

Last week Dr. C.T.Riley’s “divine revelation” concerning his opposition to the death penally was presented. As a result, a bookley, Legalized— Murder, was written. It was published in 1900. There was a 2nd edition in 1921. Two copies of which are housed in the society museum in ...