Saturday, April 29, 2017


Saturday, February 11, 2012

I always enjoy reading healthful tips and advice about the foods we eat.

But the downside is learning that everything is basically bad for our health.

We're led to believe that unless we live on celery, tofu and broccoli our diet isn't good. The warnings pertaining to sugar, milk, cheese, eggs and red meat send a message that eating is unhealthy.

But try to go without eating. That's unhealthy, too.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Community pride wins over fear

For all of us, the past few weeks have been a little unnerving following the rash of armed robberies that have hit Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Yes, the idea of witnessing or being a victim of an armed robbery (or any crime) is definitely something to be scared of.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


You never know where or when life's next lesson will come from. In this case, it came in an email, from a loyal reader. It's worth reading, and worth absorbing. I'm not sure who wrote it originally, but it makes good sense.

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,

When 24 hours in a day is not enough;

Remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class

and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly,

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Administration has sunk to new lows concerning assistance to illegal aliens. An advocacy office has been set up within the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE). The purpose of this office is to assist illegal aliens who are facing deportation or who have been detained for other reasons. Over the last 20 years various courts have ruled that illegal aliens are not entitled to the protection available to legal immigrants and citizens of the United States. This new program flies in the face of those court decisions. It also conflicts with the mandate of the Border Patrol.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a special Van Gogh exhibit running right now. Don't imagine that you can go to see this exhibition on the spur of the moment. No, to the contrary, the museum's website admonishes us, "Your tickets will be issued for the date and time you choose, based on availability, and include a complimentary exhibition audio tour and Museum general admission to both the main and Perelman Buildings. Select your dates carefully, as tickets are nonrefundable and subject to a $2.50/$3.50 exchange fee prior to the selected date." Adult admission is $25.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It is hard to believe one month of 2012 has past. It seems like yesterday we celebrated New Year's Day and here we are in the month of February and what is even most unusual is we really did not have a major snowstorm all month. While this may seem like an anomaly to most people, it really is not the first time we have had a practically snowless January. To add to it many have commented about how warm this January appeared to feel, but in actuality from what I read on some weather sites the temperatures really were not record setting although they were a bit warmer than usual.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It may not have had the population base of a Boston or New York, but Tamaqua had its own Super Bowl-like atmosphere for a prime-time sporting event during the winter of 1912.

On Monday, Feb. 3, the town hosted a middleweight boxing match between Summit Hill's Jim Bonner and Al Dewey, an up and coming young fighter based in Wilkes-Barre who earlier lived in Eckley.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..The guy who sent it to me surely did.

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Whatever did we do before we had email?

I can't imagine my life now without it. It has, of course, replaced "snail mail" for many of us.

But as in everything, if something is good, it also has some "bad" in it.

If you have email, you probably get a lot of "unwanted stuff."

If I believed everything people sent me, I would be a millionaire many times over. But of course they're all scams and if I responded, I'd probably be penniless by now.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

We've all seen the "brown marmorated stink bug" in our homes and gardens in the last few years.

According to the Penn State website, this insect was not previously seen on our continent. It was apparently accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania.

The stink bug was first collected in September of 1998 in Allentown, but probably arrived several years earlier. It is probable that they are in all counties and has found its way throughout most of the United States.