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Saturday, April 23, 2011

With no electronic media like television, the Internet, or radio, Tamaqua merchants used their storefronts and the newspaper to attract pre-Easter business a century ago.

"Tamaqua merchants this year are exerting their best efforts to make attractive displays and some of the windows are real models of art," one Tamaqua Courier reporter observed in early April of 1911. "The interiors are also very attractive and it behooves the good housewife of Tamaqua to visit the downtown stores and see for herself just how up-to-date Tamaqua merchants can really be."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My son-in-law is fond of saying there are two kinds of people we encounter: Energy givers and energy drainers.

Some people are so vibrant and so passionate about life. That upbeat attitude is contagious. When we're around someone like that, we, too, find our own mood elevates.

I interviewed a fascinating guy this week whose energy and enthusiasm for life had me smiling.

Ed thrives on being outdoors and studying nature. Passionate about fishing, he takes his boat out every day. He's also an avid kayaker. But he does much more than paddle.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

There's much banter lately regarding a popular Italian restaurant chain and the integrity of its so-called Italian food. People and experts are discussing whether the fare is real Italian, fake Italian or maybe even non-Italian.

You know the place. You've probably eaten there. Let's just call it Oliver's Garden.

Some are saying Oliver's Garden doesn't serve anything at all like Italian food. Instead, they say, it's a fast-food restaurant best described as an Italian Denny's.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I remember when the movie, "The Passion of the Christ" was released in 2004. The Mel Gibson-directed-film was the most talked about movie at the time. It covers the last 12 hours of Jesus' life, based largely on the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

As a Christian, I debated with myself whether or not to go see it. From what I had heard, it was very emotional and very explicit in portraying the brutality Jesus suffered during his last hours before his death.

I chose not to see it.

Our church held a viewing of the movie last Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Did you ever go to a big smorgasbord where tons of tempting food is there for your selection?

I enjoy a smorgasbord. With all the possible dishes, I'm sure I can find something I like. Plus, it gives me a chance to try new things I might not order on my own.

Some of my friends refuse to go with me to a smorgasbord because they claim all those tempting offerings cause them to overeat.

I see that same thing in life itself.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Spring has finally arrived in Pennsylvania!

Our backyard tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are announcing this fact even though the warm spring days have not been many.

Our forsythias are making their bright yellow appearance and the weather is making our old lilac bush think about budding again.

Soon we will set up the gazebo, lawn chairs and backyard swing for those long summer evenings of relaxing outside.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This week marked two significant events in history, one a technological landmark and the other was the beginning of the most critical event in our nation's history since the Revolution. Fifty years ago on April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space completing an orbit of the Earth before returning back to our planet.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Yesterday, the city of Douglas, Ariz., marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Agua Prieta, Mexico, the first battle of the Mexican Revolution.

In some ways the revolution resembled the current unrest we see sweeping through the Arab countries in the Middle East. By the spring of 1911, a number of factions and shifting alliances threatened the long tenure of President Porfirio Díaz, who had ruled Mexico like a king since 1876.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I found myself doing something I wouldn't have done two years ago while I was watching the Masters Golf Tournament last weekend. I was cheering for Tiger Woods to lose. After the events in his life the past two years I no longer want to see him eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record for most victories in major tournaments.

You just knew that Congress was going to okay a budget at the last minute, didn't you?

I'll be shocked if gasoline isn't $4 a gallon by Memorial Day. I won't even be that surprised if it's $5.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It hits the wall with a "thunk." I locate its position. I watch as it creeps along. I sigh. I pick up a tissue and approach it gingerly. The last thing I want to do is crush it. Because if I do, I'm going to regret it. The stink bug didn't get its name because it smells like apple pie baking in the oven.

If you're like me, you are spotting this creepy bug more and more recently. We're seeing one about every couple of days in our house.