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Saturday, December 18, 2010

By Bob urban

Since Thanksgiving I've been riding around in my car listening to a radio station that exclusively plays nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Christmas night. It's a nice respite to the music, news broadcasts and radio talk shows I usually listen to.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

For those who think we Pennsylvanians 'talk funny' or use 'big words', here's why ...

Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!

I remember when I first left Coaldale and relocated in Pottstown. People would always tell me I had a "coal region" accent. It drove me crazy. I didn't think I had an accent. I thought everyone else who wasn't from the coal regions had an accent.

For instance

We call it lunch meat, used as a noun. Almost everywhere else it's called "cold cuts".

Saturday, December 11, 2010

From 1880 to 1910 thousands of men died in mine accidents. The worst month in U.S. coal mining history was December 1907 when 3,242 men were killed in accidents. That year, the worst mine explosion in U.S. history killed 358 people near Monongah, W.V.

Although coal mining was the deadliest type, workers in metal and non-coal mining activity were also susceptible to hazards such as fires, explosions and cave-ins.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

There is a stiff wind blowing.

Some might call it only a breeze and welcome its presence.

But on a bike, at least for a novice like me, that breeze adds to the resistance and difficulty.

I chug along, pushing with one foot after the other, keeping an eye on the odometer. When it hits 10 miles, I can stop.

Yes, I know. Ten miles is nothing to bike. But with my breathing problems, every mile is mild torture.

So why do I do it?

Not because I like to suffer. I do it because exercise is good for me.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


I recently bought a copy of the 1951 film version of "A Christmas Carol" on DVD.

I was thrilled that this British production, which starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, was finally available on disc. I have an old VHS tape of it that has begun to wear out after repeated viewings through the years.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It is difficult to believe we have already reached December 2010 and true to form temperatures have plummeted from 60 degrees earlier this week to freezing this weekend, but fortunately for now there are no major storms in sight.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Thanksgiving Day, our family sits around the table and composes our Christmas Wish Lists and then we make copies and hope Christmas Day we'll find exactly what we want under the Christmas tree.

My 10-year-old niece, Abby, used her dad's laptop and gave us a power-point presentation!

As I sat there with my paper and pencil trying to jot down her list I felt like I was in a business meeting with a high-powered executive.

There was one slight problem.

To this old dinosaur, it was like she was talking in a foreign language.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

If you're a Boomer, you remember the phrase: "Let your fingers do the walking."

It simply meant that you could save time and energy by looking up shop numbers in the Yellow Pages. You could give stores a call instead of walking to each business to discuss your needs.

Today, the very existence of phone books is threatened now that phone companies are phasing out the white pages.

Phone companies say the white pages are unnecessary because people now use the Internet to look up phone numbers.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

An event that may not seem monumental at the time can set the direction of a child's life.

I've watched that happen so many times, both in my own family and in observing others.

When daughter Andrea turned 13, we gave her a Nikon camera for her birthday. It was my husband's idea. I was against giving Andrea the big, professional model he picked, thinking that at her age a point and shoot would be better.

What I didn't know was that gift would springboard into an exciting career for her.