Midlife Musings

Valentine Brkich November 1, 2016

Man. I’m such a cliche. Here I am, 41 years old, and, yes, I’m having a mid-life crisis. Of course, that’s assuming I even make it to 82. For all I know I could die next week in some horrific, farm-machinery accident. Not likely, but possible. And if that’s the case, what I’m…

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Ghost Hunting at the Farnsworth House Inn

Valentine Brkich October 27, 2016

The following is an account from back in 2010, when I went on a ghost hunt in Gettysburg with members of Robert Morris University’s Civil War Club. I thought it would be a fun thing to share again around the Halloween holiday. Enjoy… Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg – May 5, 2010, 8:30 p.m. We stood outside the Farnsworth…

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Exploring Beaver County – Rochester, Pa.

Valentine Brkich October 26, 2016

Rochester, Pa. (Note: Instead of bogging down my blog with scads of large photos, I’ve uploaded them to my Flickr page for your viewing pleasure.) For the fourth stop in my Exploring Beaver County blog series, I hopped on the old bike and headed across the Beaver River to the place of my birth, Rochester. I have to admit…

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Exploring Beaver County – Monaca, Pa.

Valentine Brkich October 12, 2016

Monaca, Pa. (Note: Instead of bogging down my blog with scads of large photos, I’ve uploaded them to my Flickr page for your viewing pleasure.) For the second stop in my Exploring Beaver County blog series, I once again hopped on my bike and pedaled my way over the Beaver River, twice, to Monaca (aka, the artist formerly known…

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Chillin’ in the Cemetery

Valentine Brkich October 7, 2016

Today might have been one of the last really warm and sunny days of the year. Therefore I decided to get away from my desk, get outside, and go to a place that never fails to make me happy: the cemetery. The Beaver Cemetery & Mausoleum (aka the Beaver Cemetery, Mausoleum, and Fitness Center to us locals) is one of…

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Exploring Beaver County – Beaver Falls, Pa.

Valentine Brkich September 23, 2016

Beaver Falls, Pa. (Note: Instead of bogging down my blog with scads of large photos, I’ve uploaded them to my Flickr page for your viewing pleasure.) For the second stop in my Exploring Beaver County blog series, I hopped on my bike and pedaled my way over the Beaver River, twice, to the City of Beaver Falls. When I…

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A Personal Tour of My Kitchen

Valentine Brkich September 21, 2016

With the coming of the annual AAUW Kitchen Tour in Beaver this Saturday, Sept. 24, I thought I’d give you an inside look at my very own kitchen. Prepare to be blown away…

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Exploring Beaver County – New Brighton, Pa.

Valentine Brkich September 15, 2016

I call myself a proud Beaver Countian. Other than my four years in college, and the following two when I lived up in Moon, I’ve lived here in the county pretty much my entire life (Brighton Twp., 21 years; Bridgewater, 8 years; Beaver, 6+ years). Lately, though, I’ve been wondering: How much do I really know about the…

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Random Thoughts at Kennywood

Valentine Brkich August 26, 2016

This past Monday, as a last hurrah of summer, we decided to take the kiddos to Pittsburgh’s legendary Kennywood Park. We were fortunate to get some discounted tickets from a friend, and we chose a Monday so we could avoid the normally large weekend crowds. When I was a little kid, Kennywood was a magical place of rides and…

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What’s Up, Doc?

Valentine Brkich August 17, 2016

It was time for my annual check-up, so I made the hour-plus drive to my dermatologist, who I’ve been told is one of the best in the business. I’ve been making this drive for years now, ever since having a “dangerous” mole removed from somewhere on my epidermis. (Use your imagination.) It’s not something I…

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