Monday, December 22, 2014


Saturday, July 5, 2014

This past week was an important and in some ways wondrous weekend in Summit Hill, even though for many of us who volunteer it was also quite tiring. I had the honor of being part of the program to rededicate Summit Hill's Ludlow Memorial Park.

As a former president of the Summit Hill Historical Society, my friend and colleague Dr. Lou Vermillion asked if I would give a brief history of the park. The ladies in the society emphasized the brief part good-humoredly because they all know how much I love to talk about our little community.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Reporters try to be objective when covering news.

But that doesn't mean they're devoid of feelings. It's easy to feel passion about a topic.

News can be emotionally draining. It can be powerful, unsettling. And journalists aren't robots.

That said, the past few weeks have been a roller coaster.

Capt. Jason Jones was killed in service to our country. There's no good way to report that kind of news or to soften the impact.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The thesaurus on my computer defines a "people person" as someone who enjoys being with other people and easily becomes friends with them.

I am the consummate "people person."

Like a plant needs sunshine to thrive, I thrive best with contact from people.

While some tell me they find it draining to be around strangers, when I'm in that situation I call it being a Stranger in Paradise.

I am invigorated after a little social contact with others.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just days before the official start of summer, my daughter reminded me that we needed to make a trip to the mall to purchase a "cute" swimsuit for the summer.

The idea of going to the mall made me cringe.

First there is the one-hour drive to Allentown, which, after a full day at work is most unappealing.

Then there is the large crowd of people which seems to cause me more and more anxiety as each year passes.

However, after some pouting and procrastination, I decided to compromise with her and head on up to the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"No one is home."

"On Vacation."

If you look real close, you can see those signs in my glazed-over eyes.

Mentally, I'm on vacation.

Actually, I'm right dab smack into writing this column in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

Mentally, I'm on a warm sandy beach, my toes in the water, reading a book as the waves lull me into bliss.

Actually, I'll be in the car soon, heading for home where I have to rush to make dinner in order to run an errand on my way to a meeting.

Mentally, I'm sitting on a hotel balcony watching a tropical sunset.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have always found archaeology to be a fascinating branch of science. Archaeology is the study of past human activity through the recovery and study of artifacts from the past.

We have been able to learn quite a bit from the study of archaeological digs both about past civilizations as well as extinct plants and animals and the related conditions of our planet through its history.

From time to time exciting discoveries are unearthed and shared in the news, but many times the work of archaeologists are just mentioned in passing.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and sometimes it throws you 15 feet off a ladder and onto a pile of rocks.

After something like that happens, you really have no choice but to re-examine your priorities. You learn quickly what's really important, and what's maybe not quite as important as you might have thought.

A few weeks ago I got a phone call at work. My husband took a bad fall, and yes, landed on a pile of rocks, breaking five ribs, puncturing his lung and earning himself a lift to Bethlehem in a helicopter.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Father's Day is over but I am still thinking about the man my mother says she picked for me.

That seemed like a strange thing for her to say when she decided to marry the man who became my stepfather.

It was stranger still, considering I loved my own father as much as life itself. I thought he was the sun, the moon and the most fun of any father on the planet.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The belief in ghosts is one of the most controversial topics in modern culture. A recent survey by the Huffington Post in conjunction with YouGov indicated that 45 percent of Americans believe in the existence of ghosts, yet 59 percent of the public believe they have never seen a ghost.

I am one of the 45 percent who do believe in ghosts, and from researching the paranormal and collecting anecdotes and incidents in the past 20 years, I think sometimes people do see ghosts without even knowing it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I have mixed emotions about the current happenings at my alma mater, Panther Valley. Twenty-eight years have passed and the faces have changed, but the games appear to remain the same.

First let me point out that school board members are the only local officials who are totally volunteers. School board members serve many, many hours of work each week if they are sincerely serving with total commitment.