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Monday, March 14, 2011

I'd say I love my job 99.9 percent of the time. But, there's that little .1 percent where I really hate it. That's when I realize the amazing power of words.

It is never my intention for my words to hurt anyone. Yet, every once in a great while, it happens.

I received a phone call from a very unhappy reader and by the time I hung up, I was almost as unhappy as she was.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's so easy to be swept up in current events today and if one devours all the news we are bombarded with 24 hours a day seven days a week, it can quickly be overwhelming. We seem to be in a spiraling cycle speeding toward the ground which is a far cry from where most of us were twenty years ago. With the advent of the Internet and instant informational gratification, our perceptions of life becoming increasingly magnified.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

By jim zbick

At the beginning of 1911, the Philadelphia Athletics were basking in the limelight of the sporting world. It was coming off an outstanding season in which the team compiled a 102-48 record and then thrashed the Chicago Cubs in the 1910 World Series.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

We've just had one of the coldest winters in recent memory.

Some folks say the bitter cold weather patterns disprove Al Gore's global warming idea. Many now say that global warming is a myth, or worse yet, total fraud. Others say it's more a matter of knowing the difference between weather and climate.

But that argument doesn't sway critics who say Gore's pitch on global warming duped the government, the public, and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I thought I knew a lot about food and nutrition. When it comes to those two subjects, I read everything I can get my hands on.

Yes, I like to eat healthy foods so I'm especially intrigued with comparison studies that show the calorie count and nutritional value of meals.

I'm often surprised when I read things like "Eat This, Not That" and learn that the healthy chicken salad I order in a popular restaurant is actually more than a recommended day's consumption of fat. I like to learn all I can about healthy choices, especially when eating out.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's late morning, on Saturday, and I'm relaxing in the well-worn recliner in our library, my MacBook resting on our hefty tabby, Albert, who is snoozing on my lap.

At 13 years old and a good 20-plus pounds, Albert enjoys the warmth generated by the laptop as much as being on my lap; he curls and then stretches his paws, purring as he naps.

The interlude is one of my breaks in what is typically a day of household chores and home maintenance projects.

How I spend this free time has changed over the years, depending upon the level of technology in our household.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Run for the round house, Nellie. The boys can't corner you there."

Last week's column, listing some of my favorite country music titles, got a good response. So good, in fact, that we'll provide you with another dose of down home poetry.

Thanks to those who sent in their favorite titles to share with all our readers.

We'll start with everyone's favorite:

"I'm the Only hell Mama Ever Raised."

"She Feels Like a New Man Tonight."

Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?"

"I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It is hard to believe it is March already. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and now it's time to look forward to spring. Winter was challenging like most years but overall not so bad until last month when Jack Frost opted to bless us with ice instead of snow, a far more hazardous winter selection especially for the majority of us who have to travel somewhere to work.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

By jim zbick

Bad economic times can bring out the worst in people and that was proved early in 1911. One Williamsport newspaper even went so far as to blame the coal regions for the city's influx of hoboes.

"While Williamsport is not particularly ridden with tramps and hoboes, it is a peculiar fact that the city seems to be a sort of dumping ground for the coal regions," the newspaper complained. "We get Weary Willies and Hopeless Hanks and all the other members of guild hoboes produced by all the coal towns in Pennsylvania."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I've got a snowball rolling and it's building momentum. I think it may be out of control. Where it finally lands and what destruction it will leave behind in its wake is too soon to tell.

See, the flooring in our kitchen and dining room needed to be replaced. We both agreed we wanted hardwood floors.

We shopped around, got prices and finally agreed on the look we wanted. All we had to do was wait until our choice went on sale. It might be a few days, could be a couple of months. No hurry.