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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.

GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

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 ...

*Winter

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

JIM:

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.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

When was the last time you got to know someone new?

One thing I've always been aware of is that most people tend to stay around those they already know. Whether it's at a party, a business affair, or a social event, we tend to be most comfortable when we are with people we know.

OK, that's understandable. I certainly realize that when people are out socially, they enjoy seeing and talking with their favorite friends in the group.

I'm the same way. I have certain people in every group to which I belong who are my "favorites." I enjoy their company and seek them out.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

June, I wrote an article on government by regulation rather than legislation. At the time I noticed a disturbing trend. President Obama was using executive orders to govern our nation. (http://www.tnonline.com/2011/jun/11/government-regulation-not-legislation). This week, President Obama indicated that he would expand his rule by executive order. His statement "We can't wait for lawmakers to act," suggests to me that he is moving more into the role of a dictator than a President. Our country was founded on the concepts of a balance of power.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

I strongly disagree with that childhood stanza.

Words are powerful, and there are some that are more powerful than others.

Love. I love you. That word can make you feel special and warm, or it could make you want to head for the hills.

Hate. I hate you. That word can crush you, or it could make you realize, as a parent, you just might be doing something right.