Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Saturday, December 17, 2011

This week, as I visited various stores and malls, I noticed that shoppers seemed to be unusually grumpy. It appears that the February blues came earlier than expected. People had sour looks on their faces as they rushed around purchasing gifts for their family and friends. The only place I saw cheerful people was in the post office. This was surprising as the postal employees are facing massive layoffs and facilities consolidations. These postal workers managed to put their problems behind them when they served customers at the counter.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What do you believe?

Christmas is a magical time filled with cheer, good wishes and benevolent feelings toward others. We buy presents for each other and look forward to exchanging them with family and friends. We busily hustle about trying to prepare for holiday visits. We bake and cook and shop and eat. We schedule Christmas parties and buy presents to exchange, but do we ever stop to think about why?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Christmas tree has a colorful history, even predating American independence.

The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia, in 1510 and the first use of small candles to light a holiday tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century.

Christmas trees have been sold commercially in this country since about 1850. Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let's have some fun this week as Christmas Myths Busters.

Despite popular opinion that all Santa's reindeer are males, I received this important email that debunks that theory. It goes like this:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I was introduced to her years ago at a newspaper conference in Harrisburg.

Friend and co-worker Pattie Mihalik said, "Donnie, I want you to meet my friend Edith." I was impressed from the start.

Edith Hughes lived in Monroeville and worked for Gateway Publishing - executive editor in charge of newspapers and magazines in western Pennsylvania. At a personal level, she was a petite, mature woman who dressed impeccably and wore fancy jewelry. Professionally, she pursued perfection.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's Oct. 29, snow is falling, and I'm sitting at the dining room table, drinking a steaming mug of French vanilla coffee as I lose myself in a Jonathan Kellerman mystery.

Just as the puzzle pieces begin to click together for detective Milo Sturgis and his psychologist friend, Alex Delaware, a loud CRACK! shatters the silence.

Quickly blotting up the puddle of spilled coffee, I look out through a window to see our sole surviving apple tree, one of many planted when our home was built in 1910, slowly topple to the ground.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you're probably aware that student loan debt is at an all-time high - somewhere around 865 billion dollars, last time I checked. You know what else is at an all-time high? College graduates moving back in with their parents.

This is no coincidence.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I told you last week's Army-Navy game was going to be a barn burner. The only thing I could have done without was President Obama ending up in the announcer's booth in what amounted to nothing more than a campaign push. I can remember several presidents attending the game in the past, but that's the first time I remember one going into the booth for some free air time. I also didn't like his campaigning to have the game moved to the Washington D.C. area every year. The Army-Navy game is a Philadelphia tradition, Mr. President. Look it up.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Earlier this year, I got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk the hallowed grounds of the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

This holiday message was sent in by a loyal reader who said:

"I love Christmas lights - they remind me of politicians.

"They all hang together, half of them don't work, and the ones that do aren't that bright."

And not to mention, when you put them away after New Year's, they get all tangled up.