Friday, July 11, 2014


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Most of us received a bonus this year when July 4th fell on a Monday. It gave us a long weekend. It was so good, in fact, that we wish Congress would consider making Independence Day a permanent Monday holiday, just like Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Aside to the woman reader who called my home last weekend and got my answering machine. Yes, I did know that there was a Twilight Zone Marathon on television over the July 4th weekend. And, yes, I did watch several episodes, between taking boat rides and cooking out on the grill.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Saturday, July 9, 2011

As I sat at my parent's house on the Fourth of July during our family's picnic watching my daughter Kathryn and my nephew Evan play "Hide and Seek", I thought about how far I have come from my own childhood and simultaneously marveled at them while realizing that I was now the parent instead of the child. Like many of us I realized how time marches forward and my childhood memories of some things are now just that, memories. Many are pleasant, but some are sad.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Some men find it easy to "power up" to successfully climb the corporate ladder. But when it's time to leave the job and begin retirement, some find it hard to power down.

That aptly applies to my friend, Don. He had a top job with a large corporation but still managed to head some volunteer organizations.

When his corporation offered him a buy out, he knew he had to accept it. But, doers will always be doers and Don is certainly a world-class doer.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

By jim zbick

"The rowdy is always and ever with us, wherever we happen to live."

That was the sober assessment of a Tamaqua Courier a century ago after a series of ugly early-summer incidents stunned area residents. Among the roughhouse tactics the writer cited were "low remarks to women, and general display of more or less drunken savagery."

He said that in many places, it was practically impossible for decent people to travel in peace by train or trolley after 11 o'clock, due in large part to the passive nature of the rail personnel.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 4th may be my favorite holiday of the entire year, especially when it falls on a Monday and provides us with a long weekend.

There's something about a birthday party, and when our entire nation celebrates, it's truly special.

The 4th of July's long tradition of picnics and fireworks is looked forward to each year. July 4th also reminds us how far we have come as a country in the more than two centuries we have been a nation.

We have come a long way. How far?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The most powerful phrase in American history is probably this: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Those words in the Declaration of Independence were a collaboration by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson originally wrote: "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable." When he turned over his draft to Franklin for the sake of proofreading, Franklin removed the words "sacred and undeniable" and inserted "self-evident."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the 235th anniversary of the day we declared our independence.

If it wasn't for those brave men, who like many of our soldiers today, believed that our freedom was worth standing up and fighting for, who knows where we would be now.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

When I was a kid, a nun told our class that after we died, we would be judged on how we spent our time on earth.

Well, while that little kid is all grown up now, she still believes in carefully monitoring how she spends her time. There's a simple reason for that and it has little to do with religious beliefs: time is the most precious thing we have. It represents life itself.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

While most of us will be celebrating Independence Day with picnics, fireworks and parties on July 4th as we have done most of the time for the last 235 years, we really need to stop and consider the health of this country today.

This country was an infant through its first 74 years or so and then finally fought a bitter puberty at its 84th year that lasted five long bloody years only concluding with a surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.