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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yesterday I opened up the mail and found an envelope containing Invisible Magic Dust.

No joke!

Domino the Great sent it to me.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

We all complain when it's cold and snowy about how lousy winter can be to us. But this year some of us have been grumbling about the lack of winter we have had. Granted for most of us, the complaints have been few and far between. In fact for most of us, the reprieve from the normal weeks of sub-zero temperatures, blinding snowstorms and numbing winds has been almost a wonderful surprise. It definitely has been a blessing to our wallets in savings to our heating bills which have been high enough with rising costs of oil.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A century ago, Antoine and Julien E. Gaujot, two brothers with Tamaqua family roots, were as competitive a brother tandem in the U.S. military as the Manning brothers Payton and Eli have been in professional football today.

The Gaujot's are two of the eight sets of brothers to receive the Medal of Honor the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government and the only pair to receive the medal for actions in different wars. A total of 3,475 individual medals have been awarded to 3,456 individuals in U.S. history.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Robert Frost questioned the need for fences.

He said: "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know what I was walling in or walling out." But Frost's neighbor made it very clear that "Good fences make good neighbors."

I couldn't help but think about that idea while participating in two recent St. Patrick's Day parades where new walls are making a big difference.

I rode my antique highwheel in the big parade in Scranton and then in another large parade in Wilkes-Barre.

It's nothing new. I've been doing it for over 10 years. But in that time things have changed.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

JIM:

How long does it take an American student to find fast food in Beijing, China? I learned the answer to that question last week, while leading a short-term study tour of the Middle Kingdom. Answer: under three hours … and that's at four in the morning.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's hard to believe this is the first weekend of spring, after we have been experiencing spring-like weather for the past several weeks. But nobody seems to be complaining except the ski enthusiasts. Today I thought I'd fill you with some facts that probably won't enhance your life a single bit. But it's something to read and think about over your morning coffee.

Did you know that ...

– "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

And "lollipop" is the longest word typed with your right hand.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sacrifice. As a child, I hated that concept.

If I wanted something, my parents would encourage me to sacrifice and save for it, or encourage me to understand why I couldn't have it, even though everyone else had it.

If I needed something, they would sacrifice so I could have the ugly but expensive, supportive saddle shoes I hated but needed to wear, and not the pretty Mary Janes the other girls were wearing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I have a long list of the things I admire about my husband. Somewhere on that list is that he never loses his cool. No matter what the circumstances, he seems to stay calm and upbeat.

I first noticed that four years ago when we were celebrating my birthday by going to the opening of a new water adventure park in Orlando.

We arrived in Orlando right in time to join the other thousands of motorists traveling to the theme parks bumper to bumper, a few inches at a time.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

When I was a kid, I used to love walking on railroad tracks.

As an adult, I still did it whenever I had the chance, enjoying a remnant from my childhood, I guess.

Balance was something that came easy. So was flexibility. But my best strength was aerobic capacity.

I've always loved to move fast. Still do. And aerobic classes and fast-paced Zumba classes are still favorites of mine.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Obama administration continues to outdo themselves when it comes to making stupid decisions. The worst decision of the week is providing classified information on our missile defenses to the Russians. We have placed interceptor missiles in strategic locations around the world to create a defensive umbrella for the United States and our allies. Now, the administration wants to provide technical information to the Russians that would enable them to defeat our missile defenses as part of an "exchange" of data.