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Saturday, September 17, 2016

He placed his hands upon the metal bar and squeezed so tightly, his knuckles turned white.

“Ready?” I asked.

His eyes were fixed upon the difficult journey ahead. After a deep breath, he nodded his head once.

“Try to go in straight lines,” I told him. “And when you get to the end of this row, push down on the handle and turn around in a circle to come back.”

He nodded again, his eyes still staring at the long green road.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while we meet someone and there is instant chemistry and a new friendship blooms.

That was the case for me when I met my new friend Andy. I knew Andy and his wife, Pauline, had an interesting story to share, so I set up an interview, even though I had never met them before.

Andy went for 60 years before he met someone he wanted to marry. It was a good deed on his part that brought Pauline into his life. Andy has a pontoon boat he uses to travel the 26 canals in his community.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

As I usually do in this spot, here are some jokes to make your Saturday and weekend a little more fun.

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and family values.

Bill said, “I didn’t sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?”

Larry replied, “I’m not sure, what was her maiden name?”

A little boy went up to his father and asked: “Dad, where did my intelligence come from?”

The father replied. “Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.”

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Olympic fever is still going strong, although the toll of late nights is starting to catch up with me. The kids, however, are still awed and amazed by just about everything they are seeing. Since I shared some of my perspectives last week, I thought it would be fun to look at it from their point of view this week.

This is the first Olympics where the kids are old enough not only to engage in watching the games, but they also have a little bit of their own sports careers to draw on to compare experiences.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Two years ago, a New York Post article called it “Generation Rex.”

The evolution of the American family has now come to this. Women want dogs more than children.

In the past nine years, the birthrate has dropped nearly 10 percent while dog ownership, by just counting the popular small pooches, has increased by more than 6 million.

“A dog is much less work, and I like to go out a lot,” said Sara Foster, 32, an equities trader on Wall Street. “And I don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

Saturday, July 16, 2016

By Ron Gower

Lehighton borough had a splendid 150th anniversary. The organizers are to be commended for putting together a celebration that will be remembered for a long time.

While the community was reveling in its history, there was one small entity that had a big anniversary that not only wasn’t celebrated, but wasn’t even mentioned.

The Lehighton Memorial Library dedicated its present facilities 50 years ago on June 19, 1966.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A speaker on the radio commented that every generation claims when they look back at their youth that gas prices were reasonable, times were simpler and children were well-behaved and listened to their elders.

Recently, I asked a youngster who visited the center, “Have you ever caught lightning bugs and put them in a jar and watched them for a little while before letting them go?”

This child looked at me as if I had lost my mind and replied in a very disgusted tone, “No.”

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I read a description in a David Baldacci book that describes how I feel this week.

Baldacci’s main character was complaining about feeling ancient. “I’m Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey wondering where the horse and carriage is when the Model T drives up,” she said.

I feel so ancient this week that I should be looking for my own horse and buggy.

It all started with more problems with my TV set. I did what I always do — I called my sweet neighbor Chris to come fix it.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I’m not sure why I wanted to find the site of the fatal campfire poisoning.

But maybe it’s part of natural human behavior.

Certainly the enormity of the tragedy is compelling.

And I guess there’s something inside of us that makes us want to explore such things.

Curiosity is normal. We just want to do whatever we can to understand something not understandable.

On two occasions I hiked to the approximate location where eight men gathered for a casual, private picnic and unknowingly drank a toxic cocktail.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Most parents would do almost anything for their kids. Few of us would quibble with that.

But maybe the real question should be: Do parents do too much for their kids by giving them too much?

I interviewed a fascinating father this week who believes some parents who think they are giving their kids everything are actually holding back on the two things kids need.