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Friday, August 21, 2015

My daughter Maria sent me a chart on Facebook that made me laugh. It was titled: What parents think when you don’t answer your phone.

The pie chart indicated half the parents worried the phone wasn’t answered because you were dead while the other half thought you didn’t answer because you were dying.

Less than 1 percent figured the phone wasn’t answered because your phone was dead or you couldn’t hear it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

“Strike three!” yelled the umpire to the batter.

“We are getting a divorce,” said the couple to their children.

“Sorry. Your work review isn’t good enough. We have to let you go.”

These are three examples of human failure.

The word itself is bad enough, but the experience of failure inevitably happens to us all.

Back in the day, kids had to try out for Little League baseball in my town. After my first tryout, the coaches lined us up on the third base line and picked their teams. I was one of about 12 kids left over.

Friday, August 21, 2015

By TERRY AHNER

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ever go to a party and find out that you missed all the action?

We feel like that sometimes when people call us to come out to take a photo of a finished project.

In the past few weeks I have fielded calls about finished Eagle Scout projects and a check presentation of money raised from a bake sale.

Earlier this week, a co-worker showed me a photo of a new emblem on the front of my alma mater.

Great photo ideas, but all I could think of was the missed opportunity.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Author Thomas Wolfe wrote a book telling us “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

Boy, was he ever wrong.

Last Saturday, I went back home to Hess’s of Allentown, where I started my career 40 years ago.

I was invited to the Hess’s Hamilton Mall Employees Reunion, held at Emmaus Park.

There were 99 former employees who showed up to renew friendships, reminisce and spend the day surrounded by Hess’s memorabilia.

The senior member attending was Ruth Oswald, 102.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Know a senior citizen? Of course you do!

Today is National Senior Citizens Day.

Seniors are some of our favorite people, and thanks to President Ronald Reagan, today is the day we should make a special effort to recognize all that they contribute to our lives, homes, family and society.

Make sure to spend some time with a senior today and let him or her know just how much you appreciate them.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Passionate about the color purple? Best to keep that passion inside the house and not splash it all over your home exterior.

That’s the advice of color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color.

“While a bit of purple on a home — like a deep grape color on the front door — shows the free-spirited personality of the homeowner, purple isn’t one of those colors that everyone loves to see covering an entire house,” says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Looks like the perfect weekend to head to the lake. Don’t forget to take a book. Here’s what’s on The New York Times Best Seller List this week.

1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. (Harper.) In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority is holding composting classes at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. Classes last approximately 1-½ hours.

Classes are free and composter bins will be available to purchase at cost. One person will receive a free backyard composter.

All classes will be held at the waste authority facility in Blakeslee. To participate, you must register with the Monroe County Waste Authority. Classes are limited to 20 people.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A stage adaptation of one of the most popular self-help books in the world is coming to a Manhattan theater.

Peter Story will star in a one-man show adapted from John Gray’s book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” at the off-Broadway complex New World Stages this fall.

Gray’s hit about how couples can bridge the interplanetary gulch between the sexes became one of the biggest best-sellers in the country. Playwright Eric Coble has adapted it for the stage. Story has added personal elements from his life to the show.