Monday, March 27, 2017


Saturday, October 8, 2011

So. If you've been reading my column, you know we've been renovating the kitchen.

What started out as just putting in hardwood floors turned into a major renovation. It began on Feb. 22. Almost eight months later, it's still not completed. (I won't bore you with the details.) But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Only one thing remains to be done and that is to tile the backsplash. Yeah!

You know what I have learned through this experience?

I am the most indecisive person alive.

A home improvement project always costs more than you originally planned for.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Patrick Bartoletti, a chef in New York City, is a guy you have to admire, especially when he sits down at the kitchen table.

Patrick recently won an eating contest in New York in which he consumed (inhaled?) 32 Cannolis in six minutes.

What did he do to celebrate his victory? He headed for his favorite pizza joint.

"I didn't want to eat anything sugary for a while, but I'm not exactly full," he explained.

Who said chips aren't good for you? The guy who was credited with creating Doritos, Arch West, died last week. He was 97.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First Niagara is making like it's not such a big deal that it's branch bank in Summit Hill is going to close after the start of the new year. Well, it's a big deal to me, and I'm sure it is to a lot of other Summit Hill customers.

Watch Navy vs. Air Force today at noon on CBS. It's likely to be one of the most exciting, spirited college football games of the season.

Instead of blaming the officials for how often he gets hit, maybe the Eagles' Michael Vick should point a finger at his offensive line. They're the guys who get paid big bucks to protect him and keep him upright.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October is my favorite month of the year. It's National Magic Month. This month was selected to honor magic and magicians whose profession is probably the oldest in the world.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

(This column has adult content and may not be suitable for anyone who doesn't believe in the holy state of matrimony.)

Harry and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Forty years of wedded bliss!

You know, we use that phrase a lot. But what does "wedded bliss" really mean?

Wedded means "married." Bliss means "great joy or happiness." Put together, it should mean being married has brought great joy to the happy couple.

I was lying in bed the other night thinking about how long 40 years is. That's 14,600 days.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"If the shoe fits wear it."

Do you find yourself using phrases like this in your day-to-day life? These are called epigrams or idioms. They are brief, clever and usually memorable statements. We have a bunch of these in our house that we seem to use far too often.

Here are just a few of them.

Yesterday as my husband got ready to leave for work he said, "Well another day and another dollar."

I am thinking that in our economy today maybe it should be "Another day, another dime!"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Is there one particular place you always associate with childhood joys?

When you think of your teen years, is there any teenage hangout that stays in your warm memory bank?

For me, the answer to both those questions is the same place – Knoebels Grove in Elysburg.

I grew up in Shamokin, about a 30-minute drive to Knoebels, or, shorter if you drove fast. When we went on rare family outings that were considered a special treat, we went to Knoebels.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

In the days of the Roman Empire, emperors kept the voters happy by providing them with "bread and circus". They put gladiators, lions and even Christians in the arena to fight to the death. They called this sport!

In modern times, politicians put themselves in the arena with their competitors, in a race to see who becomes the President of the United States. Their weapons are speeches, debates, TV commercials, and articles in the press. Their barbs are verbal ones, but they can kill a candidacy just as quickly as a sword could lop off the head of a gladiator in Ancient Rome.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

By jim zbick

On Sept. 12, 1911, the Tamaqua Courier ran a front page story on how the coal regions had become a fertile area for boxing talent. The article, titled "Coal Regions a Boxing Nursery," was written by William H. Rocap, a fighter himself who decided to become a writer instead for the Philadelphia Ledger.