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Saturday, February 18, 2012

JIM:

What are our children's dreams? They are as varied as the kids themselves. Here are two examples, both from youngsters still in elementary school. They span the spectrum from the sublime to the silly:

I have a plethora of dreams, but today I'd like to write about my dream of being a traveler.

And,

My dream is to own all the Barbies in the world.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The President has released his 2013 budget. Despite the rhetoric, this budget increases our deficit by at least $1.3 trillion and raises the overall deficit to $17 trillion.

This budget does not save any money; it reduces the planned increase in spending by a trivial amount. It will actually increase taxes on small business owners and stifle job growth. We will still be spending more than we take in through the myriad of excessive taxes and fees.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

After being married for 40 years, Valentine's Day is just another day, right?

Wrong.

When I opened my eyes Feb. 14, there on my nightstand was a Valentine's Day card for me.

While packing Harry's lunch, I tucked a bag of Lindt's chocolate truffles and a card in his lunch box. I also cut his whole wheat Deli Flat turkey sandwich in the shape of a heart.

In lieu of gifts to each other, we decided we'd rather spend the money on a nice dinner out.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Football season has only been over for two weeks, but I already miss it. Good news, however, is that next week pitchers and catchers will be reporting for spring training. Baseball will be here soon.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

This year, doomsday prophets will be getting much mileage out of the Mayan calendar, which reportedly runs out of days just before Christmas.

Doomsday prophecies are nothing new in our history. In early January 1912, Lee J. Spangler of York County was proclaimed as "the last of the prophets."

Spangler was expecting "nothing but trouble for 1912," according to an article in the Tamaqua Courier headlined "Prophet Sees Awful Things."

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I love the humor of Steven Wright and events over the past several years brought to mind an old joke of his that I want to share with you.

"The other day somebody stole everything in my apartment and replaced it with an exact replica... When my roommate came home I said, "Roommate, someone stole everything in our apartment and replaced it with an exact replica."

He looked at me and said, "Do I know you?"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It is said that everyone has a book somewhere inside of them.

Often, when I talk with groups of writers, they ask if I will ever write a book. I tell them I don't have the patience to stay with one subject for so long.

Decades of doing the "fast hits" that newspaper work demands has gotten me addicted to that fast pace as well as to constantly switching subjects.

But I'm just like a lot of other people in the fact that I already have the title of a possible book long before the first page is written.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What is under the ice shelf of Antarctica? While most of us went about our business the last week, things were tense for scientists at the literal bottom of the world as they waited to hear from a Russian team at the Lake Vostok drilling site where they hoped to drill to the pristine body of water 13,000 feet beneath the ice. The Russian expedition is one of three eager to use space age technology to cleanly obtain core samples and water samples from this arctic landscape which has been encased in over two miles of ice for almost 20 million years.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I did a story last week about a Florida man who grew up wishing he could play tennis.

At that time, there were no public courts in his town. If a kid wanted to play, his family needed to join one of the pricey clubs.

So he watched through the fence as others played and he picked up tips and techniques.

He went on to become a really good tennis player but his burning desire is to teach others to play, especially kids. He doesn't want kids to be "outside looking in," the way he was.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

In his Valentine's Day message to readers a century ago, a writer for the Tamaqua Courier yearned for former days when men took pen to paper and crafted their own personal thoughts to the one close to their hearts.

"Years ago, if the lacey affairs they sold in the stores were not warm enough in their displays of ardor, the lover took pen and ink and drew his own hearts and cupids, and created his own selection of adjectives to set forth his torrid affection," he stated on the day before Valentine's Day in 1912.