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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A long time ago I signed up for a painting class after the instructor promised me she could teach anyone to paint.

In school, I was never good at art and can't even draw a good circle. The instructor said it didn't matter. She said we would learn painting by doing oils because oils were forgiving.

For our painting class, the instructor placed a vase and still life scene on the table, telling us to paint it.

When my vase was so lopsided it was hard to tell if it was round or square, she said it was no problem. Just use my brush to make the other side round.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Life is like a pizza pie. It's like a slice of life.

Usually, a pizza is cut into eight slices. Each slice could represent the different stages of our lives.

The crust is the foundation. It's our beliefs, our ethics, our morals.

Every life needs a little spice, so we have the sauce, which adds a taste of richness to everything we do.

The cheese is like love. It's what holds us all together, binds us, keeps us going back for another bite.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

When my husband reads something he finds interesting in the newspaper, he often reads part of a story aloud to share it with me.

He recently shared a survey that tested people of all ages for their risk tolerance or risk avoidance.

The conclusion: the younger you are, the more willing you are to take risks.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

You know the song.

It was released in 1979 by Rupert Holmes and was originally titled "Escape."

It became very popular, very quickly; however, people knew it as "The Pina Colada" song.

Mr. Holmes eventually agreed to change the title of it to: Escape (The Pina Colada song).

The song was basically about a guy who had become bored in his marriage and read the personal ads where he saw that a woman was looking for a man who enjoyed the same interests as she.

He responded to the ad and agreed to meet the woman at a bar.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Remember the Mayan apocalypse? The one that did not happen, at least not in any way we noticed in 2012. According to a news story reported on various sites online and attributed to CBS News, we may have been a lot closer to an apocalypse of sorts than we originally thought.

The doomsday prophecy could have been fulfilled six months earlier on July 23, 2012, but fortunately the Earth was one week ahead of a solar storm that released the largest and most destructive solar flare in 150 years.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When I was a kid, during summer vacation from school, just when I might have started to whine, "There's nothing to do," along came Vacation Bible School to save us.

My friends and I loved VBS. What's not to love about making crafts and playing games? And we'd get to spend the last day at the Palmerton Memorial Park and pool! Sure there was a lesson, but even learning Bible stories was fun.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I have a tattoo above my ankle.

It's a teddy bear holding a heart with my husband's name in it.

My husband sports one just like it on his arm with my name in the heart.

We had them done the week after we got married and I was 28 years old at the time.

I don't know what we were thinking.

I guess I was just giddy in love and thought it would be "cute" and he just wanted to make me happy.

While I do not regret getting a tattoo, I do wish I would have thought about it a little more so that I could have picked something different or designed my own.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This past weekend was extremely gratifying cinematically as I was fortunate enough to find a few hours to screen "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." If you are into science fiction fantasy films, this one passes expectations.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It was the perfect weekend for a Civil War-themed salute, and the town of Danville knows how to do it right.

Their annual Iron Heritage Festival emphasizes authenticity.

The four-day showcase last week brought to town some of the big names in living history.

Both sides of the Civil War were represented.

There was General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee, portrayed by distinguished Frank and Bonnie Orlando of Gettysburg.

"Listen to what I tell you because you'll learn the truth about the war," said Gen. Lee, before Friday's gala parade.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I've been spending the past week cleaning out closets, organizing drawers and finally putting some order to all my clothes.

Normally, I would feel virtuous with all that effort.

Instead, I feel ashamed.

As I pack up boxes of clothes for Goodwill and stacks of "good clothes" I'm passing along to a favorite friend, one thing becomes very clear: I have way too many clothes.

Even with all the boxes of clothes I'm giving away, it doesn't put a significant dent in what I have stuffed in three closets.