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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sometimes I'm a bad girl.

I did a terrible thing last night.

I "shushed" Harry.

And I did it in a mean way.

My favorite TV program, "The Big Bang Theory" was making its new season debut. I had made it home in time from a meeting, snuggled comfortably in my chair, and then Harry's mouth began going a mile a minute. I finally turned to him and said, (prepare yourself to gasp) "I'm either going to have to videotape this or you have to stop talking." Imagine my surprise that I hurt his feelings.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Up to two weeks ago, I have never seen a hummingbird in real life. Since that time, I have spotted them twice, and each time, they have left me standing on the pavement in awe.

I have marveled over those incredible creatures in books, magazines and even video, but for 47 years, they eluded me.

I belong to a Nikon camera enthusiasts group and often see the most amazing photographs of various hummingbirds.

I find that they have the most beautiful colors and I can't help but marvel over their flight abilities.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Would you rather have people say you look young or would you like them to think you are skinny?

That was the question asked in a survey that generated a lot of attention on the Internet last week.

The survey started in England, but once it hit the Internet other media sites picked it up and asked U.S. women to respond.

Turns out it didn't matter which country ran the survey. The results were the same.

Most women said they would rather look young.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

So now there's a proposal before the Senate Education Committee that would allow school boards to authorize if staff may or may not carry guns on school grounds.

Those of you who have read my prior posts on the topic of guns will not be surprised to know that I am against such legislation being passed, though not because I believe the idea is impractical.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The other week I saw an eye-catching photo of a college library in The Wall Street Journal.

The library has a unique dome on the outside and something even odder on the inside: no books.

Some say it's the forerunner of things to come.

Digital libraries, we're told, are the wave of the future.

They are already appearing in Boston, Texas and Washington, in addition to right here in my Florida backyard, so to speak.

The Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, just opened a new library with not a book in sight. Everything is digital.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By LINDA KOEHLER

lkoehler@tnonline.com

(Sing the following to George Jones' song, "The Race is On.")

"Now the race is on and here comes Linda up the backstretch,

Heart attack is going on the inside.

My tears are holding back,

They're trying not to fall,

Harry's still in the running,

My true love's banking the Chevrolet.

The race is on and it looks like we're flying

And if we live, we win it all."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

When I hear the Drifters sing "Under the Boardwalk," I think of the casinos because they're going under.

New Jersey gambling houses are shutting down faster than Secretariat on steroids.

The Revel, opened in 2012, never found profitability and recently had a bankruptcy auction. It was the third casino to close this year. The Atlantic Club closed in January, and Showboat closed in August. Another, Trump Plaza, was set to close this week.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By SHERI RYAN

tneditor@tnonline.com

This past week I read the Facebook post of a former co-worker which described her excitement as she prepared to take her American citizenship test.

Originally from England, my friend Rita has very strong feelings toward the country she has called home for 20 years.

I found her excitement toward America and the prospect of becoming a U.S. citizen to be very refreshing in light of the many unpleasant social, economic and governmental issues that have caused many of us to question the status and integrity of our nation.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Winter won't officially arrive for another three months, but some prognosticators have it all figured out.

From the superstitious goose-bone man to the heavily referenced Farmer's Almanac, all predictions are that this is going to be a terrible winter.

We're going to have lots of snow and bitter cold temperatures. It will be worse than last year.

You think heating bills were bad last year? You'll need a Brink's truck this year to take you to your fuel oil company to make payment. Or maybe just a sled and a team of dogs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Technology is a wonderful thing. Cellphones have so many wonderful gadgets and devices contained in that small piece of technology that allow them to scan documents, translate texts, detect magnetic fields, use a compass, track inventory, instantly receive messages and pages as well as make phone calls.