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Yes Virginia the Musical coming to Connellsville

Carolyn Jerz may be only 11 but is already a veteran stage performer having appeared in more than 20 shows with Stage Right — most recently as one of the Young Fiona with Stage Right’s Professional Theater Company’s production of “Shrek the Musical” last month. Jerz will play Virginia in the Saturday afternoon show. “I’m very excited to play a historical character and to show children how much one can…

When my kid says ‘I’m bored,’ I pretend to hear ‘give me more chores.’

“I’m bored,” is something my daughter knows NOT to say around me. If she does, I will look into her big brown eyes with my most sincere fake paternal concern, and say, “Honey, you are a talented, intelligent, wonderful kid with so many opportunities. You have no reason to think peplee find you boring.” She has leearned not to roll her eyes and sass me with “I said I’m bored,…

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Who is the more dramatic — my extroverted tween or my philosophical teen?

Stoked from a morning show-choir performance and an afternoon rehearsal, Carolyn is lumbering around the kitchen floor, belting “I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS!!!” Peter, his nose in a book, expresses a stoic disapproval. “Peter, you never ask for anything,” says my wife, raising her voice over Carolyn’s singing. “If you could have anything, regardless of the price, what would you ask for?” “Other than the Death Star,” I tease.…

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I Love Books: A Campus Library Evolves

I love books. I love smelling them, touching them, stacking them, unwrapping the plastic from a new purchase, and cracking the spine when I’m halfway through a hardback. (My wife *hates it* when I crack a spine). I love books. I love downloading them, searching them, copying-and-pasting passages, reading them to my kids at night when it’s dark save for the glow of my iPad (I read them the whole…

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How to interact with the introverted…

My daughter spends a lot of time with her theater friends, who thrive on community and love giving and getting attention. Every so often she reports being puzzled by kids who don’t respond well to what she intends as overtures of friendship. Even kids who, as far as I can tell, are confident and outgoing, can still baffle her if they just aren’t as extraverted as she is. I thought maybe…

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SHU Community Lines Up to Honor JoAnne Boyle’s Final Trip Up the Hill

JoAnne Boyle liked talking about tradition — from the Latin meaning “handed over.” One of her favorite traditions involved lining up with the administrators to shake hands with each incoming freshman, and again with all the faculty to hand off the new graduates to the world. Now, members of the SHU community are repaying both favors — lining up along Seton Hill Drive, welcoming her and sending her off. Post…