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Saturday, November 12, 2011

By JIM AND CLAIRE CASTAGNERA

tneditor@tnonline.com

Jim:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm no longer living in sin.

For better or for worse, my days as a bachelor are numbered.

After 13 years together, Linda and I finally decided to tie the knot.

Rather than make it a big to-do, we chose to keep things relatively low-key.

Like a bunch of Renegades in the Night, we opted to be joined together in holy matrimony by a local justice of the peace.

Right after the ceremony, we immediately hightailed it over to my mom, and then her mom, so that they could have a moment to share in our big day.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It's hard to believe how the span of one generation can show such a marked decline in the integrity and character of our country especially its leaders both in government, academia and life. Forty years ago, we would never see the disrespect and lack of ethics proudly touted about in today's society. What in the world is happening? If you ask me, I think the world has lost its bloody mind.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

So bye-bye Miss American Pie

Drove my Chevy to the levee,

But the levee was dry.

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye,

Singin' "this'll be the day that I die,

"This'll be the day that I die.

It's been 40 years since singer/songwriter Don McLean immortalized the Chevrolet automobile in his classic song, "American Pie."

Actually American Pie is one of more than 700 songs in which the Chevy is mentioned. No other car even comes close.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Do you have goals?

You know, an object or end that you strive to attain, something you aim for.

Anndrea Yetter of Saylorsburg, had a goal to run and complete the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Her goal was to complete it under 4 hours. She attained that goal. She finished the race in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 10 seconds.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A writer said the young woman "majored" in horse thievery, once leaving hundreds of pursuers in the dust with her fleet-footed mustang during one caper.

The 18-year-old brunette was also described as being "perfectly beautiful." She was sometimes accompanied by a companion, "a flashily-dressed young man who is also handsome." The pair worked the town of Mount Pleasant and the surrounding area.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The world for those of us who bleed blue and white has been turned upside down. No one could have predicted the nightmare of the last week that has befallen Penn State, that words like "honor", "prestige" and "class" would be associated with "sex scandal" when thinking of Dear Old State. And those that could have foreseen this, that did see this, did nothing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The government continues to intrude into our daily lives in a myriad of ways. For example, they want to reduce the amount of power we use and make us pay dearly for it. The recent escalation of smart meter implementation enables the government to control the amount of power we use and to spy on our activities. Using the data from smart meters they will know when we are home, when we are out, when we are sleeping and when we are doing laundry. The objective of the smart meter is to reduce consumption by enabling utility customers to monitor and voluntarily reduce their use of electricity.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jokes were made about the Halloween snowstorm that was all trick and no treat.

But the storm did provide a treat of its own. It took away electronic communications and forced people to resort to conversation. Good things can result when people start communicating. If nothing else, the storm fostered togetherness.

Blackouts were widespread.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"Money, money, money makes the world go 'round" is a lyric from a ditty performed by Monty Python. And this truism has never been more abundantly clear watching the last five years of life on this planet Earth.

Money, or more importantly who controls it, who needs it, who wants it and who is spending it as well as what is its worth are questions on all of our minds. The world economy teeters and our lives seem intertwined on the fate of the value of money.