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Saturday, August 6, 2011

When my husband and I opted to spend his birthday in St. Augustine, it proved to be an excellent choice.

The oldest settlement in America offered interesting historic tours, the best bed and breakfast I've ever found, and so many activities that we couldn't do them all in our brief three night minivacation.

Our bed and breakfast was directly across from the municipal pier where all the boat rentals and tours are offered. Our first night there, we listened to an exchange between a boat captain and a family that was paying for a private excursion.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Without readers, this column wouldn't exist. Without readers who submit interesting tidbits, this column wouldn't exist either.

The following was sent by a number of fans this week, so it must be making its way around the internet. But for those of you who haven't been emailed, or those with no computers, here's the story:

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The decade between 1911-19 was a time of great change in society but that's no big revelation when one considers where we once were as a society.

Consider these facts about American life in 1911:

Ÿ Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub and only 8 percent had telephones;

Ÿ The average wage in 1910 was 22 cents an hour;

Ÿ Most women washed their hair once a month, using Borax or egg yolks for shampoo;

Ÿ Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school;

Ÿ More than 95 percent of all births took place at home;

Monday, August 1, 2011

We just went through a walloping heat wave.

What did you do to keep cool?

I consider myself blessed.

I work in an air-conditioned office, drive in an air-conditioned car that takes me to my air-conditioned house.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Here are several laws of newspaper writing not taught in Journalism 101.

* No detail is too insignificant that it cannot be challenged. The sky isn't blue. It's azure.

* The person you need to get a statement from is someone who freely uses curse words which the newspaper will not print. Your job is to quote the man accurately. Catch-22.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Medical authorities were alarmed at the "threatened importation of typhus fever and the germs of other intestinal diseases" due to the high number of flies during the hot summer of 1911.

One Tamaqua Courier writer told how a many areas were initiating Swat the Fly campaigns in an attempt to control the flying menace.

"The chase after Brer Fly is no new form of sportsmanship," he said. "Few latter day swatters can equate the persistence with which the American housewife of olden times used to fall upon the trail of the little varmints."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Well here we are on the brink and if any of us are wondering how we arrived at this precipice of financial ruin, we might want to look in the mirror and then at our voting record. If you are one of the 80 percent of this country's voting population that never wanted to be bothered with your obligation to this nation to elect responsible and ethical leaders, then let me be the first to congratulate you for helping us arrive at this point.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

For seven years, I've had an excellent licensed handyman who has kept the roof on my house in good shape.

I've hired him each year to pressure wash it and to give it another coat of the rubberized paint that strengthens the roof.

This year, however, he has so much work that he hired an assistant. Unfortunately, that assistant is grossly overweight (it mattered when he was on the roof) and is still in the learning stage. I didn't know all that until it was too late.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Do you remember how happy you where when you got your first job? I was ecstatic! I also remember my first paycheck. I was upset by the deductions from my gross pay, and was told that some of these deductions were for my benefit. Unemployment Insurance will pay me benefits should I lose my job. Social Security will ensure that I have a good life in my old age. Federal, state and local taxes provide me with many government services including paved roads, protection from bad guys at home and abroad, and a safety net in case of national disasters. Let's get real!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Last week we looked at numbers and how they could be used to provide insights into our personalities and what we want out of life. While I do not believe anything can predict the future, I think that we should be open to the possibilities that there are ways to get further insight into our character