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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time passes so quickly that we take it for granted until we reach meaningful milestones that bring that eternal march into perspective. I've learned that once children enter the picture those milestones seem to become even more significant.

It was 18 years ago on Christmas Eve that my friend Earl called me to share the news that his son was born. Two months ago that little one who is now a young man left for Navy basic training. Where do the years go?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This week, we have been bombarded with news about the Republican Primary. Rather than bore you with politics, I picked an entirely different topic.

Over the last few years, I have noticed a significant decline in the quality of the products my wife and I buy. We prefer high quality goods and are willing to pay more for better products. Unfortunately the quest for quality is often a frustrating one. If we go to Wal-Mart or Target to buy three items, within a week we are returning at least one of them. The product does not work or the parts don't fit together properly.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Some Interesting Trivia. Believe them or not. They were sent by an avid reader and should give you something to reflect on a winter Saturday morning.

In the 1400s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.

Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented.

It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only ... Ladies Forbidden' ...

and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Heading into the new year, Tamaqua Courier readers knew that times were tough for many families in the region.

That was evident in the tone of the children's letters to Santa Claus which the newspaper had received for Christmas. Instead of toys, many children were asking for family necessities, such as food and clothing.

Just how desperate conditions were again surfaced in mid-January when a Tamaqua mother, with no means of support, offered her baby up for sale.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I like the start of each New Year.

I like to think each January gives me a clean slate.

Maybe that means starting over or just putting a patch on a little piece of life that's rough around the edges.

My January introspection could lead me to change the course of some part of my life.

Always, the start of a New Year means doing some fine tuning of my own personal inventory.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The year 2011 was interesting and the week of August 21, particularly so. Pennsylvania was hit by an earthquake and hurricane within four days.

For me, the unusual week began when I stopped at our local community center for a New Age Expo held that Saturday. The Expo was a gathering of special people who feel a deep connection with the greater universe.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I know Christmas has come and gone but I just have to share this story of gift-giving with you.

I've known Beth Anthony Thompson since she was a little girl. Always a sweet person. After hearing this, she just got sweeter.

A few weeks ago, her mom told me about how Beth does something special at Christmas time for the last few years and thought it was a great story. I agree.

Beth says as a child, kindness and selflessness was instilled in her by her parents, Ray and Virginia Anthony of Kunkletown.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Several news stories caught my eye this week as I was preparing to write this article.

The first was a Shell executive stating that converting their trucks to run on natural gas would cut their fuel costs in half.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful and warm 2010 Christmas and holiday season along with a safe and Happy New Year as we ushered in 2012.

This year brings with it excitement and hope as well as anticipation and probably for the superstitious among us a degree of trepidation. We look forward to Federal elections as well as the 2012 Presidential election.

For many this election is expected to be a critical one that will decide the long term direction in which our country continues or changes its bearings. Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Life is evolving so quickly, with the technology changing almost daily. But did you ever step back and think about how low you have actually been on this earth, and the changes that have occured since you were born?

A reader sent this to me. Read it and stay with it the answer is at the end. It should surprise you.It did me.

Here's how it goes:

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.