Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Critics about climate change skeptics who are not willing to panic about the possibility of global warming (or cooling depending on who is discussing it when) may have lost some steam in their argument that those who do not believe climate change is a serious issue are scientifically ignorant.

A study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change found that as the scientific knowledge of its participants increased, concerns about climate change decreased.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I try to keep up with the political situation both here in the United States and abroad. Many Americans follow the political situation in this country, but are often unaware of the situation in other countries. Many informed Americans know that the President rejected the Keystone Pipeline. This pipeline was intended to bring much needed fuel from oil and gas fields in Canada, our friendly and stable neighbor to the north. With the Keystone pipeline in place, our nation's energy needs could be met for at least another 40 years.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Local residents were stunned to hear news of the death of Wilbur Wright after the aviation pioneer fell ill on a business trip to Boston in April, 1912.

After returning to Dayton, he was diagnosed with typhoid fever. He lingered in and out of consciousness for several weeks before his death in the Wright family home on May 30.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Questions that make you scratch your head while you're contemplating what you're going to do during this long Memorial Day weekend.

Have you ever wondered......

Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

love simplicity. When you want to buy something, the actual price should be disclosed. For several years now, businesses have been changing their pricing so that their goods and services appear less expensive than their competitors. For example, most passengers book airline travel based on the price of the ticket. To appear to be the low cost provider, the airline sells the ticket at very low price. When the passenger arrives at the airport, they are hit with a myriad of additional charges and fees.