Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, invites seniors to a Winter Wonderland at 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

Heritage Hill will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland for all to enjoy. Jim Cuthbert will be singing and playing guitar. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to seniors; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, St. Luke’s Miners Campus is offering a Tobacco Cessation Support Group to help people stop using tobacco products. Sessions will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School, but are open to all local residents.

Participants will learn how to create a plan to quit; receive self-help, problem solving and prevention measures; be part of a resource group for patients and families; share mutual problems and accomplishments; and receive encouragement.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

St. Luke’s Hospital — Miners Campus hosts a diabetes support group every three months starting at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Miners Community Room at the hospital. Other dates are June 13 and Sept. 13.

Participants will learn about the causes and effects of the disease; ideas to increase self-help, problem solving and prevention measures; and provide encouragement when it comes to mutual problems and accomplishments.

Interested parties are advised to call ahead of time, at 570-645-8107, to confirm the session hasn’t been postponed.

Monday, January 9, 2017

NEW YORK — The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing.

Mrs. Obama’s powerfully delivered speech had attracted much attention — but these phone calls were about her dress. A shimmering sleeveless sheath in rose and silvery gray, it was pretty universally considered a fashion slam dunk. And customers wanted it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Each year at this time, national outlets publish lists of most popular baby names of the year.

According to a list published by Baby Center (babycenter.com), the top girls’ names in 2016 were (in order of popularity) Sophia, Emma and Olivia, while the top boys’ names were Jackson, Aidan and Lucas.

Of the more than 4,100 babies born at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest as of last Thursday, many of their names followed these national trends. Still, there are some interesting local differences.

The top 10 boys’ baby names at LVH are:

1. Mason

2. Liam

Friday, January 6, 2017

Some of my friends just returned from a trip to El Salvador and I’m intrigued by some of the stories they told.

I’m sharing with you some of what intrigued me.

The trip wasn’t your typical travel somewhere to sightsee. It was 25 people working every minute of the day to build homes for the poor.

Here’s the first interesting thing. The youngest of the volunteers was 55, next youngest 68. Most were in their mid-to-late seventies and at least one was 83. In my mind, it’s rather amazing they could put in long hours laboring in intense heat.

Friday, January 6, 2017

We know what Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett have in common. They are accomplished music artists considered to be among the best of all time.

And each performer has us to thank for the millions and millions of dollars that we have piled into their bulging bank accounts. Streisand alone profited $66 million from her 2012 Barbra Live Tour. Her net worth in that year was $340 million.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017. And, so it begins. The kids are back in school, we are back to work, and Christmas break is starting to feel like it never even happened. I started December with an ambitious to-do list. Most of it was holiday related, and got checked off by necessity.

An enormous home improvement project that took up most of the Wonderful Husband’s weekends for the past six months, the replacement of a three-story porch, was finally completed. The rest of my list had to do with major clean-out projects that were long overdue.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Years ago we had a “trash contest” at work for visiting school students.

The idea was to pack a lunch that made the least amount of trash possible. During our lunch break, we gave a mini-lesson to the boys and girls explaining how to sort everything after eating their lunches.

There were reminders about what we could recycle, what we couldn’t recycle, what we could compost and finally, what was trash. It wasn’t a doom and gloom discussion, but we wanted this lesson to make an impact on the students.

Friday, January 6, 2017

We might not be growing taller every second, but parts of us do grow all the time. We grow new hair. We grow new fingernails. We grow new bone. We even grow new skin.

Jonathan Jones, a scientist and professor at Washington State University, is really curious about skin. His research helps us learn more about how our body helps heal wounds.

Skin is our body’s biggest organ, he said. It helps protect us. While you can’t see your individual cells without a microscope, your body is actually growing new ones at this very moment. And at this moment, too.