Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Saturday, August 1, 2015



It's only a medium-size cutting board but I can't find room for it as I walk through my kitchen trying to fit it into a cabinet. It doesn't fit anywhere that makes sense.

I use the board every day so it has to be handy. If only I had a convenient location where it would fit.

Once again I find myself thinking I need more room in my small kitchen. So I take an inventory of my limited space and try to figure out how to get more storage room.

Saturday, August 1, 2015



Too often we as parents find ourselves in overdrive when it comes to parenting our children, running a home and working a full-time job.

We are sleep deprived, overworked and feel under-appreciated.

We do a tightrope walk daily, finding our balance somewhere between the life we used to have and the life we have now.

Saturday, July 25, 2015



As many motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are finding out, convenience comes at a cost.

Yes, the recently opened Route 903 E-ZPass interchange significantly cuts down on the time you spend in your vehicle, depending on your destination.

E-ZPass customers, particularly those in Penn Forest Township, who work in Wilkes-Barre or Allentown will have a quicker commute.

Race fans from out of the area heading to Pocono Raceway, you most likely will have an easier trip as well.

Saturday, July 25, 2015



I live in a place that is definitely a little piece of Floridian paradise. The first time I drove through the area I could hardly keep my eyes on the road because I was so entranced with the spectacular scenery.

Palm trees swayed along the streets. Water danced with reflected sunlight that made the water look like piles of jewels. Best yet, At sunset the water turned a fiery red as dozens of fascinating shore birds I had never seen before swooped down to the water to find dinner.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS John Bova, son of a lost miner, kneels to gain leverage as he heaves coal from one bin to another during Lansford No. 9 Mine's coal shoveling competition.

America was built on coal.

When you look at the skyscrapers of New York, think coal.

Coal fired the furnaces to forge steel that built the towering buildings and great bridges.

Coal gave us everything: railroads, jobs, industry, canned food, trolleys, roller coasters. You name it.

Coal was easy and cheap.

But mining was dangerous. It provided various ways to die: cave-ins, explosions, suffocation.

And so coal carries a tremendous legacy, especially for mining descendants.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Imagine this.

A runaway train is hurtling down the track. If it is not stopped, it will kill five people who are tied down to the track just ahead. You can save the five people and stop the train by pushing a man standing next to you onto the track. You have two choices only. Do nothing and the train kills the five people. Push the man to his death and you stop the train, but that makes you a murderer.

Many say they would push the man. It's a simple matter of math and the murder is justified. Sacrifice one to save five. Now let's change the scenario a bit.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

As I floated around in my pool the other day, I contemplated life. This is what I concluded:

I am breathing. I am in my pool.

Therefore … life is good.

OK. It's not Dalai Lama. What did you expect? I don't mediate on a mountain in Tibet. I can't do a downward facing dog in yoga. Shoot. I can barely sit on my hind legs and beg like a dog.

What I'm trying to say is, I don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out life.

I want to say, I'm a simple gal with simple needs.

Ahhhh. But then I started to think about it. How simple is simple?

Saturday, July 18, 2015



Remember the TV show "Hill Street Blues"?

The captain always ended a squad meeting by reminding his police force to "be careful out there."

That advice still stands for all of us.

As technology gets more advanced and crooks get more cunning, we all have to be more careful.

That was reinforced for me after two incidents with the bank where I have my credit card. During a recent trip to New Jersey, I tried to use my card to buy a pair of shoes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015



First it was on, then it was off, and now it's go time for Lehighton's Bike Night.

Only this time, the widely popular event won't be staged in the borough itself, but rather, in Franklin Township.

For the vendors and spectators alike who have continually supported the event since its debut in 1999, the fact that the event will be held is a happy ending.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I'm not the biggest movie fan, but I made sure I was on hand for "Jurassic World" opening-night hoopla.

I was first in line for a ticket. It had to be that way.

Otherwise I would've growled more than a sick stegosaurus.

But keep in mind I didn't want just any ticket. I wanted the best.

"Jurassic World" can be enjoyed a few different ways.

I wanted the top version, what they call 3-D.

Of course, 3-D isn't new.

We had it back in the 1950s and '60s.