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There’s a rule in AP Style, the grammar hand guide for news writing, that states journalists should type out the words for numbers nine and under and use numerals for 10 and over.

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This month, across the nation, rainbow tutus pranced through the streets. Some of us donned color and marched alongside. Some of us were uncomfortable.

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I grew up in Cleveland, which means I call age 23 my LeBron year. Though the NBA star is long gone, his influence and impact are still embedded in the streets of my hometown, and in who I am.

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I drift asleep to the moon as a little boy across the world rises to the sun. In my dreams, I follow him around his new day, as I did three Mays ago.

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This weekend I drive west. As I make my way along, I’ll think of jellybeans and paper grass.

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I took a trip to Louisville last weekend with my mom, brother and sister. There were countless trails and nature reserves near our hotel so one afternoon we decided to go for a hike.

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I’ve always been fascinated by space and sky. Both have a way of grounding me. When the sky is clear and I can see the stars, it helps declutter my mind.

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I signed up for a free subscription that, each morning, emails me a list of the top current events worldwide. It’s called the “Skimm” and I highly recommend signing up for it or something similar. It’s given me an increased awareness and global perspective, of which I’m proud.

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After 12 years of putting a dog at the top of my Christmas list my dreams came true at the end of eighth grade.

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While compiling last week’s “Year in Review” article, I had to flip through all the Messenger issues from 2018.

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I’ve never been one to rely on new year’s resolutions, but I understand the appeal. This time of year feels like a clean slate.

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As a kid, I loved the smell of chalkboards and watching my teachers carve knowledge into the walls.

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I love going home for the holidays because it always feels so warm. It’s as if the memories of my childhood insulate my parents’ home.

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I pride myself on being open-minded about different beliefs; however, recently I was reminded that I still have my own biases, too.

Death Notices

COLLINS - Marc A., 62, of Waynesburg, August 6.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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