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Saturday, April 7, 2012

JIM:

It's Holy Saturday. My mind goes back half a century to when I was an altar boy in St. Joseph's Parish in Jim Thorpe. Every Saturday night during Lent, the pastor led us in the Stations of the Cross. I was often one of the two altar boys who accompanied him around the walls of the church, stopping (if memory serves) some 13 times to contemplate each of the tortures that were inflicted on Jesus.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This is the 100th article that I have written since I started voicing my opinions concerning our government and our society. I never thought that I would be able to produce a new article each week. Thankfully, our government and our politicians give me plenty to write about. I would like to thank all of you who read my articles and e-mail me your comments. This "Centennial" article is too big for a single issue, so I am breaking it into two parts. The first part describes how President Obama will manipulate the voters to ensure he is elected in November.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time sure passes quickly by when you aren't paying attention. It seems like just yesterday when we made our first trip to the playground with Kathryn when she was around seven months old on Mother's Day. She was so tiny that we could barely get her to sit up in the smallest swings to take her picture that first time, and we sat her on the little sliding board and gently slid her down the board from top to bottom as she looked at us wondering what we were doing to her.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

JIM:

In last week's column, I reported on how the students I led on a study-tour of China over my university's spring break managed - within three hours of their arrival in Beijing - to have Mickey D delivered directly to their hotel rooms. Closely rivaling this passion for fast food was their penchant for shopping.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In a 1912 article titled "The Fight Against the Sweat Shop," a Tamaqua Courier writer talked about how conditions in America's factories and home workshops had changed over the previous decade, thanks to advocates to improve conditions in the workplace.

He said there was a time when "half of the country homes" took in work from the shoe, hat and clothing factories. In Brooklyn, he said there were 4,000 places licensed to do home manufacturing.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gosh, I can't wait for April 14. That is the day we start working for ourselves instead of the federal and state governments.

Every day we work prior to April 14 is to pay our annual taxes. Since this is the same date as last year, it is safe to conclude that any additional tax increases were small enough that we do not have to work an extra day for the government. After doing my 2010 taxes, I realized that continuing to work only increased my tax burden without making a significant difference to our finances.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's hard to believe, but there are lots of young people out there who have no idea what a clothes line is, or what it is used for. Today it's perma-press. Take the clothes out of the washer, throw them in the electric dryer, and bingo, dry clothes, most of them ready to wear.

Mom might throw a scented sheet in with the clothes so they come out of the dryer smelling "outdoors fresh."

That wasn't always the case.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

There were these three old ladies discussing the trials and tribulations of getting older.

One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can't remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich."

The second lady chimed in with, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down."

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Do you remember the simple joys of childhood?

Do you remember lying on your back and watching the clouds float by?

Do you remember the way freshly mowed grass smelled when you were lying on the ground?

Do you recall the smell of earth that was one of the perfumes of childhood?

Maybe you liked to dig in dirt. Maybe you rolled in it. Or, maybe you were just content to sit on the ground and be aware of every smell, every sound the way the sun felt on your face and the way a breeze tickled you.

Remember those days?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

According to the U.S. Census, there were 308.7 million people living in the United States in 2010.

Wouldn't it be great if every one of those people both donated their time and money to your church or non-profit organization?

Of course it would. But get real. That isn't going to happen anytime soon.

All churches and non-profit organizations are being affected in one way or another by both economic climate and government cutbacks. In addition, many other factors affect community involvement, such as employment, inflation and rises in both fuel and utility costs.