Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Family members are calling it an "act of profound love."

Others less understanding might use words like murder and suicide. But those with compassion and empathy know better.

Charles Snelling, 81, had been married to Adrienne for 61 years. True love for the Upper Macungie Township couple.

But when Adrienne developed Alzheimer's, dementia took over and Charles had a hard time watching it happen.

The family says Charles struggled to manage the effects of the illness, which some call "the long good-bye."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last week I wrote up the famous Oracle of Delphi in Greece and ended my column with a little quiz regarding different methods for making predictions and asked you to match them with the explanation of what they actually are. Hopefully it was challenging for you, and now let's find out how they matched with each other.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

By Jim Zbick


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," said classical philosopher and poet George Santayana.

A simple paraphrase of this quote is that history often repeats itself.

With the primary elections looming a century ago, an editorial writer for the Tamaqua Courier wrote about several subjects that are remarkably similar to what we're seeing and hearing about in our government during this election year.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

If you watched the news recently, you probably noticed that some government employees have been pushing for some very radical regulations. A few weeks ago, the Labor Department attempted to prevent children from working on family farms. For thousands of years, children have learned farming from their parents and grandparents. They often start out feeding chickens and graduate to milking cows. Before you know it, they're grown-up and full fledged farmers. We need a strong and sound farm community to grow the food required to feed our nation.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I was blessed with good health all my life until a medical emergency put me in the hospital for over a week, recently. It's the first time in my 61 years I had ever lain in a hospital bed.

Fortunately, I got terrific medical treatment and am doing very well, thank you.

I have a few thoughts from my stay that I'd like to share:

When you go to a doctor, they tell you to go home and get your rest. When you go to a hospital, a place where doctors hang out, you get very little rest.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Some of Linda's Purse facts:

*Purse Fact #1-Sometimes you CAN have a purse that's too big.

How do you know when your purse is too big? When you can't find your cell phone.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Days and even weeks after the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in the Atlantic, the story continued to captivate readers who quickly snapped up copies of their local newspaper to learn more about the disaster.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We lost another piece of our hearts last week.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty of life.

Lately, I'm making even more of a conscious effort to soak up the beauty of my world. I'm filled with an intense appreciation for what I call the smorgasbord of life.

A food smorgasbord offers so many tempting offerings. It's impossible to eat everything and we sometimes come away regretting that we ate too much.

That's not the case with the smorgasbord of life. While we can't sample everything, the more we do, the more we appreciate what is before us.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Some professions trace themselves back to obscurity. While we joke the world's oldest profession is prostitution, magic and divination probably are as old if not older than the former less noble occupation in the history of humanity. Since humans have first began to communicate with each other, I think we have all had a desire to know what is unknown, to learn that which is hidden from view.