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Saturday, June 9, 2012

One of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the last century is the disappearance of historic aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

But new evidence suggests the mystery could be closer to being solved. Earhart who held several aviation records was an author and aviatrix before she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 and also became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean twice in that same year. She also received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

As the days go by, more of my friends and acquaintances announce their vacation destinations.

Three couples are going together to Greece. One couple is touring Australia. Another picked Hawaii.

But former Allentown residents Joyce and Don Rebholz seem to take the cake when it comes to vacations. They are now on a long around-the-world cruise. The last e-mail we got from them detailed their time in Singapore and Malaysia.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

OK, picture this. It's 1959. Fifth grade. Mr. Howard Borger says, "Class, take out your history books."

I feel my brain begin to glaze over. All I can think of is, "Oh no. More dead people."

That's how I viewed history. Lots of dates of stuff that happened a billion years ago and names of lots of dead people I was going to have to memorize so I could get a passing grade.

I hated history.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
9 hours without a cell phone


Our world is becoming more and more dependent on portable electronics. So when you lose or misplace one of them, your life can be turned upside down.

Here is a quick personal story relating to the loss of my cell phone...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Do you ever have vivid dreams and then remember them?

I had one last night. I think it might have come about because I watched "What Not to Wear" for four hours straight and then a new show, "Big Brooklyn Style."

"What Not to Wear" is a show that features fashion stylists Stacy London and Clinton Kelly who give a gal an opportunity to have a new $5,000 wardrobe, hair and makeup/make up make over, all to help them feel pretty.

After "What Not to Wear," a new show premiered called "Big Brooklyn Style."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I've been asking people a simple question that doesn't get the easy response I anticipated.

The question: What do you do for fun?

I heard on the radio it was National Have Fun month. That's makes me chuckle. For me, every month is dedicated to having fun.

Does that mean I have to do something special this month in addition to my normal fun-filled activities? I decided it would be an interesting question to ask others.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


The roles of mothers have changed since our youth. Today, most mothers hold an outside job in addition to their maternal responsibilities.

But back in our youth, most mothers stayed at home to raise the kids and provide a comfortable, stable household. Dad went to work and Mom ran the household.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

With Baccalaureate on a Sunday night, followed by class night Monday and then graduation on Tuesday, the 13-member Tamaqua graduating class was in a whirlwind of of activities for three days in 1912.

In giving the class history on Class Day, Frances Beard pointed out that when the class entered high school four years earlier, there were 67 members of the class. That eventually dwindled down to the six boys and seven girls that made up the 1912 graduation class.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


She takes my hand, and says, "Come on Grandma Friend." This child called Caroline has captured my heart. This little person has changed my world.

Why is it that our grandchildren seem so much brighter, more creative and special then any other child in the world?

I don't know that answer any more than any other grandmother does, but I am thankful every day that I can say, "I'm grandma."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Charles Darwin went to his grave without knowing the answer to a puzzling question. It was so troubling to him that he called it the 'abominable mystery.'

What Darwin wanted to understand is this: Why did flowering plants appear 140 million years ago with such an abrupt start and amazing diversification?

The fossil record just didn't have clues. The question has stumped scientists for years. But many now feel it's being answered in our lifetime.