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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Years ago we heard a lot about "the seven year itch."

Psychologists claim it's a time of dissatisfaction many marriages don't survive.

I used to joke with friends that we can't be sure our marriage will last until we're married for 25 years.

Mark Twain must also have thought there is something special about 25-year-marriages. In 1894, he wrote in his journal: "No man or woman knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This week I noticed that the attitude of the American people has changed from slightly optimistic to one of pessimism. When I spoke to some people about the economy, I found that they are actually angry! Unemployment is too high; the deficit is growing faster than a speeding bullet; and our debt appears to be insurmountable. The stock market started downward last week and continued its negative spiral on Monday. The President announced he would make a speech designed to quell the market's fears about Standard and Poor's downgrading of the U.S. debt. His speech was a dismal failure.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Years ago I took part in a writers' circle.

It was a nice group of creative people, some of the best folks I've ever met. I enjoyed getting to know each one.

But I didn't fit in.

For some reason, writers' circles tend to attract fiction writers.

I've never had much interest in fiction, other than Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind."

Someone asked why I didn't go into fiction writing. The answer is easy.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

By AMY MILLER

amiller@tnonline.com

With the new school year just around the corner, college students and parents are beginning to prepare for a whole new chapter of life.

Besides moving out of their parents' home and into the world of dorm-living, these soon-to-be small fish in a very big pond are finding themselves worrying about what they need to bring, who their friends will be and how they will pay for the next four years of college.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hey, did you hear about the stock market taking a nose dive on Monday?

I sincerely hope it hasn't affected anyone, like your 401k or your pension fund or your life's savings.

Oh. It did?

Bummer.

Isn't that the way it feels our politicians are thinking?

There they are messing around with a budget that is absolutely impossible to balance, raise the debt ceiling and some yo-yo investment company by the name of Standard & Poor's gives the U.S. a credit rating downgrade from AAA to AA.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Civil War had been over for 46 years when southeastern Pennsylvania became the scene of one of the most horrific racially charged stories of 1911 – the beating, lynching and burning of a black man accused of killing a security guard.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This may be a subject that will make some of you uncomfortable.

It is a subject that is not normally discussed in public, but it is a fact of life.

And because this is a morning paper, some of you may have already visited the place I am about to talk about.

The bathroom.

We have lived in a half of a double for almost 40 years and these types of homes do not have large bathrooms.

There are advantages to a tiny bathroom.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Conservative Americans from all walks of life awoke two years ago when our government proposed excessive tax increases. We were Taxed Enough Already and banded together to form the Tea Party movement. In an unprecedented display of patriotism, we marched on Washington and followed up with letters, e-mails and faxes to our congressmen and women. We had an effect and our politicians are still smarting from the confrontation with a knowledgeable electorate!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Did you all see that amazing video about a group of boaters who saved a hunchback whale?

If you didn't, and you have access to the Internet, look up The Great Whale Conservancy and you can catch the whole thing on video.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

High finance can be quite boring for most people but for the past few weeks we have all been dragged to the mirror and forced to face some harsh truths. This government is wildly overdrawn and has maxed out its figurative credit cards way beyond the rational ability to reasonably repay them. When our leaders, those we elected, had the opportunity to make a significant change showing us they serve the people, they blinked.