Category Archives: Blogs

Looking back and moving forward

tom barton

Moving forward is good. In sports, you want to move the ball/puck/whatever forward. In dance, you almost always face the audience. Even in things like math, you start at one point in the equation and move onward. But sometimes, it’s

4 Things I Learned from ‘Superheroes’


Watching vigilantes run around in homemade suits and chase bad guys sounds like a great use of a weekday night to me, so a I couldn’t pass up “Superheroes,” a documentary on Netflix about real-life superheroes. However, these heroes were

The conjuring at Kelleys Island


This is the 100 percent true account of how a bunch of creepy old dolls scared the pants off of a bus of middle school kids. Back in the day (aka ninth grade), I was in an environmental science class

Aaron Eats Erie: Or, ‘Aaron eats a lot of hot wings for science’


For decades, the Mook family has conquered hot foods with an iron stomach. My father and his father before him in particular ingested Gibble’s Hot Chips as if they were oxygen, so one would be surprised to learn that such

Witnessing the birth of a hockey tradition

Winter Classic Penguins hockey

It’s not every day that there’s a hockey game outdoors. True, it happens once a year now, but when they planned the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY for New Year’s Day 2008, it was still a

Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift top list of favorite song covers

Arctic Monkeys

Everyone loves music covers. I love them because I can listen to my favorite song played 20 different ways by 20 different artists.  They can turn a song I hate into the song I play on repeat for weeks. There

Mary Kate’s top 10 Halloween movies

Hocus Pocus

The spooky season is upon us, friends. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than by watching some classic scary flicks? Here’s a top-ten list of my favorite Halloween movies. Hopefully it gets you guys into

PLAYLIST: The wonder of fall


Fall is, as the Germans say, a time of “wonderblitzen” (flashes of wonder). In fact, if fall isn’t your favorite season, I probably don’t trust you very much. Here I have compiled a playlist of my fall favorites to help

Return to lacrosse proves painful


When someone says that something is “like riding a bike,” they usually mean that you remember how to do it relatively easily, even after a long break. This same syllogism can be applied to sports. Once you learn, you are

Measure your life in love (and/or concerts)

Preoccupied copy

If you’ve seen the musical “Rent,” you’ve likely heard the lyrics “Measure your life in love.” Well, I don’t exactly measure my life in love. I measure my life in concerts. I feed off seeing my favorite bands perform live.