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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ready or not, here comes another new year.

Every time I flip the calendar to another month, I feel like time is passing all too fast.

So of course I wasn’t ready to throw out the 2016 calendar. That simple act signifies another year has passed as time relentlessly marches on.

The older we get, the faster time flies. While science tells us the passage of time is the same for everyone, those of us who qualify for AARP membership know that isn’t true.

And for us retired folks, time passes far faster than it did when we were working.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Let’s be honest. All of us act irrationally at times. We lose our tempers, and instead of solving a problem, we make the problem worse. Because of repeated patterns of negative thinking, some of us are serving lifetime sentences locked inside prisons of disappointment and despair.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Most deer hunters spend a lot of time in trees. Once you climb a tree and spend a few hours there, it’s a home. You can always find that tree again, even when it’s dark. Your mind somehow absorbs the contours of the land and the placements of the trees.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

By Pattie Mihalik

newsgirl@comcast.net

When one of my good friends was facing his last sunset, he centered his thoughts on his good life.

“Life has been good to me,” he affirmed, “and I have no regrets.”

A few minutes later, he said he did have one major regret: He wasn’t there for his children when they were growing up.

While his overseas job paid big money that allowed his family to have a great lifestyle, he said he paid the price.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It’s hard to know when it’s time to cut your losses and give up on something.

That’s what I’m thinking now as I struggle with a decision on whether to have my refrigerator repaired again. Or, should I give up the ghost and just shell out money for a new one?

I should tell you right here and now that my refrigerator is smart. I might not have had smart TV back then but I’ve had a smart refrigerator for seven years.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The day I have been dreading for the past six years finally arrived. Reviewing A’s math homework, I found a series of problems that he answered incorrectly and clearly did not understand.

I had to explain math to my fifth-grader.

First of all, let’s just pause for a moment to send up a great, big, giant hallelujah that it took this long. Let’s also appreciate the fact that instead of turning on his usual belligerent, preteen attitude, A was as shocked by this development as I was, and politely asked me to help him.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

When I started my reporting career over 45 years ago, the first borough council meetings I covered were in Weissport.

Since I retired, I agreed to do some work on a freelance basis rather than remain idle. I’m sure most carpenters never permanently put away their hammers, and most writers and photographers never totally abandon their vocations.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Many of my friends and readers know how slow I am to embrace technology of any kind.

Before my daughters had an all-out campaign for me to buy an iPhone, I had one of those slider oldies. It was so old, in fact, that when I left it in a friend’s car and she tried to open it she didn’t know how because she never saw one that old.

Well, my daughters were right when they said I was missing out by not being able to see their texts. When my daughter and her husband went to Vietnam, I was thrilled to be able to see daily videos of their experiences there.

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.