Monday, November 30, 2015


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A writer said the young woman "majored" in horse thievery, once leaving hundreds of pursuers in the dust with her fleet-footed mustang during one caper.

The 18-year-old brunette was also described as being "perfectly beautiful." She was sometimes accompanied by a companion, "a flashily-dressed young man who is also handsome." The pair worked the town of Mount Pleasant and the surrounding area.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The world for those of us who bleed blue and white has been turned upside down. No one could have predicted the nightmare of the last week that has befallen Penn State, that words like "honor", "prestige" and "class" would be associated with "sex scandal" when thinking of Dear Old State. And those that could have foreseen this, that did see this, did nothing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The government continues to intrude into our daily lives in a myriad of ways. For example, they want to reduce the amount of power we use and make us pay dearly for it. The recent escalation of smart meter implementation enables the government to control the amount of power we use and to spy on our activities. Using the data from smart meters they will know when we are home, when we are out, when we are sleeping and when we are doing laundry. The objective of the smart meter is to reduce consumption by enabling utility customers to monitor and voluntarily reduce their use of electricity.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jokes were made about the Halloween snowstorm that was all trick and no treat.

But the storm did provide a treat of its own. It took away electronic communications and forced people to resort to conversation. Good things can result when people start communicating. If nothing else, the storm fostered togetherness.

Blackouts were widespread.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"Money, money, money makes the world go 'round" is a lyric from a ditty performed by Monty Python. And this truism has never been more abundantly clear watching the last five years of life on this planet Earth.

Money, or more importantly who controls it, who needs it, who wants it and who is spending it as well as what is its worth are questions on all of our minds. The world economy teeters and our lives seem intertwined on the fate of the value of money.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Although my home was only one of three million in the east that lost power during last weekend's snowstorm, I'll never again take having power at the flip of a switch for granted.

Kudos to the PPL workers for getting our power back as quickly as they did. I wouldn't have wanted the headaches they encountered during the past week.

Thanks to readers who continue to supply me with column ammunition.


1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.

2) Wrinkles don't hurt.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I would say that this year I thought I saw everything weather-wise one could imagine, but Mother Nature seems destined to continue to outdo herself. Each month appears to have brought its own unique flair and just when it seemed like there was a month she could possibly disappoint, the earth moved, literally.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The auto industry depended on and thus helped build the steel empire of Charles M. Schwab during the early decades of the 20th century.

Ironically, the automobile was also responsible for one of the most traumatic incidents in the life of Schwab's wife, Emma Eurana (Dinkey) Schwab.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just call me Wendy Whiner. I hate to keep harping on the same old subjects but ...


Have I told you lately how much I hate winter? And snow, in particular?

Oh sure, Saturday's snowfall was absolutely beautiful! Picture perfect. If I had been Courier or Ives, I'd been painting up a storm.

We have friends who are still out of power.

I missed a baby shower.

And this Halloween costume party we were invited to, (and was really looking forward to,) was canceled. It's been rescheduled for tonight.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Everybody dreams. At least I've never met anybody who denied dreaming. But I have met a few people - all around my age - who report being unable to recall what they dreamed. I believe them, because I've had the same experience. For at least a few years I'd wake in the morning, well aware that I'd been dreaming but darned if I could conjure up those dreams. They seemed to be floating right on the edge of consciousness, receding relentlessly from my memory.