Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hannah Ellen Frantz and ‘The Mysterious Mr. Merriman’

I met Hannah Ellen Frantz last June in the Vital Records department of the Butler County Courthouse in Butler, Pa. and I haven’t been able to get her out of my thoughts since.


How to light your Christmas tree like a pro

I will not provide pesky strings of Christmas lights with the opportunity to ruin the pleasure I find in decorating my tree. Not this year.

Marmalade Daze

Ever since I was a kid, I have valued hand-made and homemade gifts. Forget your Macy’s gift cards and your Land’s End slippers, if you want to make me happy, give me something that you have taken the time and effort to make by hand.