Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Saturday, April 14, 2012

We want the world to be a safe predictable place. While some of us like surprises, we really do not like to be surprised in most cases because usually those surprises that occur many times are not pleasant. I think that is why we tend to like things to be routine. Granted there are those who like to live on the edge and in a constant state of flux, but the majority of us prefer routine. This is why when something out of character or out of place occurs, we tend to search for an explanation to comfort ourselves and understand what we just experienced.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My article last week described how President Obama would manipulate the November election to ensure his reelection. This week, I am focusing on what he has said he will do should he become President. Some of the items go back to his 2008 campaign. Since then, there have been additional revelations of his plans to fundamentally change America. I have also included two things I believe the administration will do to ensure that America turns into a bastion of socialism.

Saturday, April 14, 2012



I don't know about you, but I'm mystified when politicians and government officials start talking about our national debt, and use figures in the billions and even trillions of dollars.

Any number followed by nine zeros is incomprehensible.

But finally someone put it in layman's terms that even I can understand. Here is the national budget explained in simple English. Thank you. Even I can understand this.

- The United States Tax revenue is


- The Federal budget stands at

Saturday, April 14, 2012



Tonight at 11:40 p.m. will mark the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The ship struck an iceberg and in the early morning on April 15, 1912, the luxury liner sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Only 705 lives, mostly women and children, survived the worst maritime accident in history to date.

To honor this occasion, here is a small multiple choice quiz.

So put on your life jacket, jump into a life boat and grab an oar. Here we go!

The Titanic was:

A. Named RMS (Royal Mail Steamer) Titanic.

Saturday, April 14, 2012



The sinking of the Titanic is a story that has captivated people around the world for 100 years.

A century ago, persons were not that shocked by grim casualty numbers. A decade before the Titanic perished beneath the waves of the Atlantic, Mt. Pelee, the volcano that looms on the French Caribbean Island of Martinique, erupted and over 40,000 were killed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Maybe it's that my folks had kids relatively late in life, after the Great Depression and WWII were behind them and when they were already in their forties. Or maybe it just came naturally to me. Whatever the reason, I was a sissy when I was a kid - and the Fifties was no decade for sissies. This was the Cold War at its most frigid. Nuclear war often seemed just a push of the button away. We kids did "duck-and-cover" drills at school, while our parents priced fallout shelters.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

One news item on the lighter side getting a lot of attention this week is headlined: What age are we happiest?

How would you answer that question?

I tried answering the question before I clicked on the web site to see the results of the recent study. It was a fun question to ponder. (So much better than why do I owe so much income tax.)

At first, I thought my answer would be the magical time when I held our first-born child in my arms.

I was so intrigued by that little bundle of joy that I wouldn't put her down even when she was sleeping.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

One day in late March of 1912, a small girl walked into the newspaper office in Tamaqua, and asked if she could have a notice posted in the paper in behalf of all the small children in her school.

She handed the reporter a scrap of paper with this brief message: "The scholars of Miss Reif's room are on strike."

It was signed by nine other girls, all between the ages of 8 and 10.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Each month I try to attend a Day of Reflection in a neighboring county.

Normally, there are around 15 to 20 of us who attend. This month, there were so many they ran out of chairs. The director noted the huge attendance was due to the topic: The Two Halves of Life.

I was more than interested in the subject because I had just written a column about what we lose and what we gain in the second half of life.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I'm convinced that Olive Garden is a culinary dividing line.

There are those who love the place, especially the breadsticks. And then there are those who despise it, calling it phony Italian, microwaved food.

For some, a trip to Olive Garden is a special treat. But others say the place is a fraud because the food is unlike anything served in Tuscany, contrary to the restaurant's promises.