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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Next week is National Save for Retirement Week. Will someone please tell that to my 401-K?

GREAT TRUTH: In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress......John Adams

Stupid trick of the week. Candy, shaped like marijuana, is now showing up on store shelves throughout the county. Is it any wonder that anti-drug activists are alarmed? And remember when we were kids and we could buy candy cigarettes? That was stupid also.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Every once in a while, I read or see something that hits me up alongside of the head and I feel compelled to share these random thoughts with you.

Recently I attended a dramatic reading of the book "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, written in 1953. The book is about Guy Montag, a fireman in a future American society where reading is outlawed and firemen start fires to burn books. The novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

There's an interesting site called Listverse that contains lists of all kinds pertaining to all types of subjects. I discovered while doing research on an article I saw on the Fox News website that mentioned a team of American and Russian scientists were joining forces in an attempt to track down the mythical Yeti or Abominable Snowman that supposedly lives and roams the mountainous regions of Asia which is quite a large part of the continent in actuality.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

On land it was the automobile and in the air it was the airplane. By 1911, the way Americans moved around was experiencing rapid change.

On Oct. 20, 1911, the Tamaqua Courier carried a small article that showed how change to a more mobile society was replacing one rugged animal that had provided years of service in helping move our local economy – the mule. Whether it was moving coal from the mines or helping transport it to markets, the dependable mule answered the call.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
"IT or not IT, that's the question."

JIM

Why does Information Technology (IT) keep getting smaller? First, the standard was a desktop PC. Then, my university's IT office issued me a laptop. "You can take it with you when you travel." Great… now I can never be out of touch with my beloved colleagues or my revered boss.

Then came the Apple iPad. The iPad is sort of a glass-half-full-or-half-empty kind of gadget. Either you see it as half a laptop or twice an iPhone. I think you can guess how I see it.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

America's crumbling infrastructure – including bridges, roads, rail lines, waste treatment facilities and dams – has become one of the issues heading into next year's presidential race.

A century ago, it was human error – the faulty construction of a reservoir in Potter County – that was blamed for a tragedy that wiped out the town of Austin, killing 78 people.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

When I was in high school, I loved poetry.

I loved reading it. I loved writing it.

The words seemed to flow from my pen every time I put the tip to paper. The world inspired me in ways I couldn't explain.

By the end of the day, my notebooks would be filled with scribbled down thoughts that eventually became a collection of poems.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I had the pleasure of doing the Reader's Turn this week and I realized the question's details required more background on my part so I could answer the possible inquiries it could generate. If you look back or ahead to the Reader's Turn on the Spotlight Page and read the question it will help you with what I'm writing.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sometimes there's a communications gap when dealing with the younger generation.

"I think I have a bad disc," I said to the store clerk. She wasn't convinced.

"How do you know the disc is the cause of your problem," she asked. "It could very well be that your DVD player is bad."

"No, no," I said. "I'm referring to the disc in my back."

I was talking about a herniated disc. She was talking about Justin Bieber - a typical conversation between Methuselah and a teenybopper.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

If you want to see a bunch of happy retirees, come to Southwest Florida.

At least a few times a week I hear someone praising the good weather and the wonderful opportunities for leisure fun. Personally, I do that every day.

But for the past six months, I've been hearing a new sentiment: I should have waited longer to retire. And I've been hearing it from those I never thought would run into money problems.