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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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The administration had a definite goal in mind when they planned legislation and a recent Executive Order. These actions permit the President to declare martial law and control everything from the car you drive to the food you eat. To prepare for the Executive Order, which will be discussed later in this article, two acts were necessary. The first was the Enemy Expatriation Act. This act enables the government to strip Americans of their citizenship for very loosely defined "hostile" acts against the government.

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.