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Community Columns

Attention writers: Do you have something you would like to share about the community that matters most to you? Do you have unique skills to share? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about?

Mahoning Matters is looking for community columns to share with our readers. We want your takes on everything from getting the kids to school on time to topics like the racial divide in our community. 

Submit 500-word essays for consideration to Mark Sweetwood at mark@mahoningmatters.com. Submissions must include a brief bio and mug shot of the writer. Publication is at the discretion of the editor.

KEEPING THE FAITH | Many ways to help others in November

KEEPING THE FAITH | Many ways to help others in November

If we are not directly impacted, we all know someone who has been struggling, As we conclude the month, I want to challenge us to give thoughtful consideration as to how we can be a blessing to others in these areas.    
GRATITUDE THEMES | The lesson of the wisdom follicle

GRATITUDE THEMES | The lesson of the wisdom follicle

What if your favorite meal is just the meal you get because you like it more than something you hated? Imagine finding out that you found your passion at 75 years old. Even worse, imagine finding the love of your life at 75 years old and they were in front of you the whole time.
GRATITUDE THEMES | Thanksgiving Day — a modest proposal

GRATITUDE THEMES | Thanksgiving Day — a modest proposal

On a day called "Thanksgiving," we should acknowledge all our benefactors, not just one. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What am I thankful for? A lot!

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What am I thankful for? A lot!

Although this year, like many over the course of four centuries, hasn’t exactly been a bargain, Thanksgiving Day 2020 brings us one thing we should all appreciate: hope that we’re on our way to a brighter future.
GRATITUDE THEMES | 20 years ago, I learned the meaning of gratitude

GRATITUDE THEMES | 20 years ago, I learned the meaning of gratitude

This Thanksgiving, let’s take some time to contemplate how many empty seats there are at this year’s table. Let’s look at how many people depend on the Rescue Mission, or Dorothy Day house or Our Community Kitchen. Let’s look at how we can help.
LIZ DREIER | Guess who’s not coming to dinner

LIZ DREIER | Guess who’s not coming to dinner

This year, it looks as if we’ll be hosting a Zoom Thanksgiving celebration. With some family members working in offices and classrooms and others being in the high-risk category, our family is on board with the idea of staying safe. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | On giving thanks, feasting and fasting this week

KEEPING THE FAITH | On giving thanks, feasting and fasting this week

As we continue to recover from an exhausting election cycle and grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this upcoming holy day season of Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon and bless God for His keeping power!
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why don't Trump's election lawsuits match his tweets?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why don't Trump's election lawsuits match his tweets?

I want to explain why President Trump's legal team is saying one thing on TV and Twitter and something completely different in state and federal courtrooms. It’s all about the ethical rules that govern my profession.
The Earnheardts | Dyads and Singletons

The Earnheardts | Dyads and Singletons

There's only one way to make it to the other side of the pandemic, and that is to go through it. Surviving it. There’s no life hack or special trick anyone can use to avoid the journey we’re all on together.
KEEPING THE FAITH | With holidays approaching, let's spread the faith

KEEPING THE FAITH | With holidays approaching, let's spread the faith

As we approach the end of 2020, the pandemic has us re-examining how we should honor and celebrate the holidays. For me, the greeting “Happy Holy Days” has never been about being politically correct. Rather, it is about acknowledging the sacredness of the occasions.