Names & Faces

Cheeky Request or Jest? Could there be another wedding at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Tex., this time between two women? During an upcoming episode of her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres asked Jenna Bush Hager and first lady Laura Bush for permission to use the spread for her planned wedding to longtime partner Portia de […]

Who Owns Your Words?

You made it. You’ve sold your first article to a magazine, the light of prestige at the end of a very long, SEO-lined tunnel. (With apologies to Tamara, who turned a spectacular phrase that I couldn’t resist borrowing.) You’ve been sent a three-page contract set in 4 point type, and once you sign, your check […]

One For Me, One For You

No matter how well-meaning but misguided, you’d never toss a holiday gift (not even the heinous reindeer coffee mug from the office Secret Santa). And the whole re-gifting thing can be a serious faux pas if you get caught. But that doesn’t mean you should relegate those unmentionables to catching dust in the far corner […]

Lucky in Love

  • July 7th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published July 7, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman The 12 wedding cakes Kevin Horton created this week are the most he has ever done solo. Once he decorated 14 cakes in a day, but that wasn’t when he had to do the baking and washing up by himself. “I have to do what I […]

Toast of Greece

  • July 6th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published July 6, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman Their cupboards went bare then, but not this year. Members of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, masterminds behind the Greek Festival in Erie, are so committed to hospitality that when they ran out of food in 1989, the first year, they went home and made more. After […]

Boredom Busters: How to banish back-seat battles

  • July 5th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published July 5, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman Road trip checklist: Suitcases: check. Snacks: check. Camera: check. Magic wand to prevent cries of “I’m bored!” from the back seat: Um … put a hold on that. Though there’s no easy solution to backseat boredom, a little planning goes a long way. Whether you’re a […]

Blues, Jazz fest to go green

Erie Times-News Published June 29, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman Erie Art Museum’s annual Blues and Jazz Festival is pioneering three environmentally friendly initiatives that could make Erie a cleaner, greener place to live. The festival, which takes place in Frontier Park the first weekend in August, will sell “green tags” to fund the purchase of […]

She’s a shutterbug

  • June 25th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published June 25, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman The spirited 18-year-old was unsure how to pronounce “Henri Cartier-Bresson, ” one of the fathers of modern photography, but she knew she liked his work. And the work of her parents, Barb and Mike Priestap, of Photogenesis Photography on West 26th Street. And the work of […]

Good Morning: Language to survive its purists

  • June 19th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published June 19, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman The English language has been destroyed. That’s what language purists would want us to believe, anyway. And for a while, I was with them. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one left in my generation who can spell without the aid of Microsoft Word’s spell-checker. […]

Juggling Act

  • June 16th, 2007
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Erie Times-News Published June 16, 2007 by Rachel Kaufman First, Jennifer Reichert lost her cell phone. Then one day, when she was in class, Reichert’s mother-in-law fell and dislocated her hip. “My husband had the baby (Ryan), and he was supposed to pick Casey (their 10-year-old son) up from school,” said Reichert, 30, of Millcreek. […]