Weekly Check In: Deep Ruminations on Chain Restaurant Hit Pieces & Discovering Awesome Writers With PA Roots

I will use almost any excuse to post a link to the following hard-hitting piece of journalism by Buzzfeed. I am obsessed with this piece. I think every description is better than the last, and I laugh aloud at some newly found detail almost every time I read it. My favorite descriptor, if I have

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Attempting, and Failing, to Remain Apolitical at the Sporting Clays Course, and on This Blog

I wrote a little while back about how I was vaguely apprehensive about going clay shooting for my buddy’s bachelor party.  When I wrote that, I didn’t mean it as a political statement in any way.  Guns simply make me uneasy.  I wasn’t raised with guns, and up until a couple years ago, never shot,

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Weekly Check In: Lancaster Continues to be the Coolest

I spent this past weekend in Lancaster for my friend’s wedding. Once again, I was left with the feeling that Lancaster is the unsung, coolest city in Pennsylvania, and I really shit the bed when I decided to move away. The rehearsal dinner was at 6:30 on Friday. I arrived in Lancaster circa 2:00, because

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Clams & Corruption in Rhode Island

I didn’t know what the Crime Town podcast was about when I downloaded it. I mean, I knew the gist. I’d read about it in some “best podcasts so far of 2017” list I read in Esquire, or Men’s Health, or CNN, one of the websites I cruise at work when I’m looking for something

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Weekly Check In: Super Cheap Regular International Flights to Places I’d Like to Visit

After spending money recklessly on travel last year, I told myself I was going to be better this year. If you count not going anywhere internationally, or boarding a plane, than maybe I did what I set out to do, but in general, I was still on the road a lot, still living above my

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Annual Post Thanksgiving Exploration

It’s become a tradition that the Saturday after Thanksgiving my friend Jacki and I go exploring new breweries.  It started two years ago when we decided to try out the then new Irving Cliff Brewery in Honesdale. I also went to the Hotel Wayne (great beer selection), and Kim’s (amazing wings) for the first time that

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On Not Having to Repeat the Past

Last week I wrote about a negative story about revisiting the past. It was about looking back on something that I wasn’t fond of, but ultimately though might’ve made me a better person. Today I’m also going to write about revisiting the past again, but about revisiting a happy time. I’m going to be writing

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Weekly Check In: Reflections on One Year Ago

Editor’s note: I wrote this at approximately 10:00 PM on Wednesday, November 8th, but am just publishing it now, on Friday, November 9th, which will make it a little less timely, and probably kill some of the hypothetical Twitter zeitgeist I could’ve accumulated, but I had a busy week at work, and I’m a slow

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Hickory Run State Park Shenanigans

The hike to Hawk Falls in Hickory Run State Park is a particularly beautiful one, especially in the fall, and especially on a sunny, crisp, 50-something degree day like this past Saturday.  It’s a gentle downhill descent through an abundance of multi-colored foliage, the bulk of which hadn’t yet been shed (shout out to global

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