Thursday, May 25, 2017


Saturday, December 10, 2011


My wife and I recently met with our lawyer to update our wills. This, by the way, is a good idea for everyone. Remember the guy with the hit record of a graduation speech that began and ended, "Whatever you do, use sun block"? Let me paraphrase him: "Whatever you do, make a will." According to a 2010 Forbes Magazine survey, 65 percent of American adults don't have one. And if you don't have one, you probably won't take this advice either.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This week the European economy tanked. For decades Europe has been a socialist playground, touting the easy life for the citizens of the European Economic Community. In the last few months, it became apparent that the excesses of the past have caught up with some of the countries in the Eurozone. Financial analysts refer to these countries as PIIGS, an acronym for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. These economies are in a shambles with Greece being in the worst shape. This week the Federal Reserve acted to prop up their economies by swapping good dollars for bad Euros.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Saturday, December 3, 2011

This column won't be for everyone, but if you wondered about ghosts and whether they truly exist, I want to share my first hand experience after 14 years of searching for your consideration.

Finally I have seen a true phantom as solid as the newspaper you are reading at least for a few seconds and I was not alone when it occurred. A friend was with me and saw the specter from a different angle and we have described it to each other on tape. If you don't believe, then you probably will want to stop now, otherwise join me because I want to share with you this event.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Although I like Rep Jerry Knowles personally, I'm not happy that Summit Hill is being moved out of the 122nd Legislative District into his district. For whatever reasons being given, the move just doesn't make any sense.

1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to go to the bathroom.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On Thanksgiving, we sat around the table and played Pictionary. We had the best time. I laughed so hard and so much my stomach hurt. At one point I almost didn't make it to the bathroom in time. Sometimes I laughed until I cried.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How much power do we have to determine our own happiness?

That's an interesting question I've been debating with people for quite some time.

Some say happiness is determined by what happens in your life.

I'm among those who believe that's not exactly true. Happiness is determined by how you respond to what happens in your life.

Attitude probably has more to do with happiness than does circumstance.

That point was again driven home to me this week when I visited my friend Fern.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

If you're a boomer, you recognize the name Rosie the Robot.

Rosie, of course, worked for George Jetson.

She did housecleaning and all sorts of chores. I suppose she'd be called a maid or domestic. Actually, Rosie may have been an illegal alien, probably from a different country. Maybe from a different planet, too, like Mars. You can't get more alien than Mars.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pennsylvania has a history of tough tobacco laws.

In Colonial times, among the common offenses courts had to deal with were stealing, swearing, working on Sunday, assault and battery and selling rum to the Indians. But tobacco laws of the day were also strict. Anyone caught smoking tobacco in the streets of Philadelphia or New Castle was fined. The money collected was used to buy fire buckets and other fire apparatus.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Three weeks from today will be Christmas Eve.

I am not ready to give up the Thanksgiving holiday to start the Christmas rush.

But whether I am ready or not I will soon be caught up in the hustle and bustle of decorating, writing out Christmas cards, baking cookies and shopping for just the right Christmas present for family and friends.