My Summer Working at the Log Jammer


I spent two summers during college working at Kennywood Park – the first was spent in Kiddie Land and the second at the Log Jammer. It was the summer of 1993. The Log Jammer was classified as a major ride which means that the staff stays at that ride all day instead of rotating . . . → Read More: My Summer Working at the Log Jammer

It Turns Out Happy Valley is Still My Happy Place


I was 17 the first time I walked onto the University Park Campus. It was the summer before my senior year of high school and I was deciding where I wanted to go to college. I planned to major in geology and the Penn State program was one of the best in the country.

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Memories of Santa and Magic Mountain


When I take the kids to Santa each year, I am always disappointed. Not by the pictures of my screaming children, but the whole atmosphere never seems festive enough for me. I have these amazing memories of going to see Santa when I was little. Santa wasn’t sitting on a silly stage, there was . . . → Read More: Memories of Santa and Magic Mountain

Bacon Memories


Bacon and especially BLT Sandwiches remind me of childhood summer visits to my grandparent’s house in Erie.  We always had BLTs for lunch at least once while we were there and always ate them outside.  They had a huge backyard with a large in-ground pool and we were usually dripping from the pool when we . . . → Read More: Bacon Memories

When You Were Born

By the time you arrived at 10:15 pm on that Friday night, it had been a long day (two days really).  You were in no hurry to come out into the world.  After being induced and a long labor and pushing, you still wanted to stay put.  Eventually the Drs decided it was in . . . → Read More: When You Were Born