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Saturday, September 24, 2011

If you're reading this, you're probably not fishing.

But I am.

I'm away in the northlands, along with my sons, some cousins and some friends, spending a week on a quiet lake with nothing to do but fish, drink beer, eat, and swap some stories.

Which means I don't have any time to write a column today. So somebody suggested I go on line and find a few good fishing jokes to share with readers. Here's what I found.

Expensive sport

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It has been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks and I am still angry. Watching the coverage last weekend made me realize that we used the wrong approach in dealing with the mass murderers and those that supported them.

We were very careful, almost apologetic, in our handling of the situation. The fact that we emphasized that it was an act of terrorism by 19 people who happen to be Muslims definitely understated the true nature of the attacks.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

We all have favorite months. While I can find something appealing about every month, (even if I have to work at it) September has always ranked as a favorite time of year.

I hang onto September like a drowning person holds onto a life preserver. The last of anything becomes even more precious to us. When we know something is about to end, it's human nature to cling to it more, relishing what we have. I savor September because it means the last of summer and some of the summer activities I love.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I wear a ridiculous amount of red, white and blue and on game days; you can spot me from a mile away. I'm the girl wearing goofy blue warm ups and a red shirt. I have nearly 10 pounds of hairspray in my hair, large fake eyelashes on my eyes and a pair of pompoms shoved in my backpack.

No, I'm not a cheerleader. Get that thought out of your head this instant.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

All of the 9/11 memorials, both locally and nationwide, were inspiring and heartwarming. Kind of made you think it was Memorial Day weekend, didn't it? One thing about Americans, they never forget. Thank goodness.

I can't believe we're into the last week of summer. Let's just hope for a long autumn and a short and mild winter. And we can do without any more hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

I thought the National Football League and Major League Baseball did themselves proud with their 9/11 tributes.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

There is a saying that time flies when you are having fun, and I must concur that this is true. It seems like just yesterday we brought home this bundle of joy named Kathryn. It's hard to believe that was almost four years ago and how fast time has passed since her first day with us.

I still remember seeing her in the bassinet when they brought her into our room after the nurses took care of her that evening in October when she was born. She was so content and happy to be with us as we were with her.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

THE DOG DAYS OF LATE SUMMER PRODUCED SOME BIZARRE CRIMES IN THE REGION IN 1911. IN DESCRIBING ONE SHOOTING INCIDENT IN MOUNT CARMEL, A REPORTER FROM THE TAMAQUA COURIER DESCRIBED THE SCENE AS SOMETHING REMINISCENT OF THE WILD WEST IN ITS "WOOLIEST DAYS."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I can't make sense of the tragedy of 9-11.

Even after the passing of ten years, I'll never understand how anybody can be so distorted that they'd use the excuse of religion or politics to generate pure evil.

Some of the facts from 9-11 are so shocking they need to be revisited if only to try and ensure that something like this never happens again.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One of my favorite things at the gym is the nice variety of exercise classes.

My favorite class combines stretching and strength training with a real aerobic workout. But when I was there this week doing the mat exercises at the end of class, I couldn't do some of the simple exercises. It's not that they were too hard. I was spazed out because I forgot my own mat.

When I tried to lay my head back on the gym's mat, I noticed it was horribly grimy. For that matter, the exercise ball I was using as well as the hand weights and body bar all were filthy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hurricane Irene last week was the vindication of our disaster preparedness efforts! Since we moved into our current house five years ago, we focused on self-sufficiency. We created a garden and started growing our own food. We learned how to can and preserve our vegetables as well as locally grown fruit. Last year, we installed solar power with the capability to be on or off the grid. Several people questioned my sanity as they felt I was overdoing my disaster preparedness. I have to admit that I went overboard with the solar power.