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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.

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I know a lot of us don't want to think about the effects of climate change; many people don't feel like it's that big of a deal. But we can no longer turn a blind eye toward the realities of global warming.

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Controversy has always surrounded Native Americans, how we treated them and how we continue to treat them. I believe we have an obligation to honor indigenous people.

DEATH NOTICES

BENYI - Samuel A., 70 of Clarksville, May 25.

FORDYCE - Charlotta L. Polen, 90, of Waynesburg, June 3.

MORRIS - Anita “Fran," 91, of Waynesburg, June 5.

NIXON - Mary Bell (Sim), 81, of Jefferson, June 8.

WILLIAMSON - T. Edward, 99, of Waynesburg, June 4.

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

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