Friday, August 29, 2014


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last year in this space I ran actual quotes from lawyers and witnesses made during official court proceedings. The funny quotes were well received so I thought I print some more today.

Lawyer: Was that the same nose you broke as a child?

Witness: I only have one, you know.

Accused, defending his own case: Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse? The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Lawyer: Can you tell us what was stolen from your house?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Someone once asked: "When it comes to doing newspaper work, what is the most difficult thing to write?"

The answer is easy, I said. "Quite often, the most difficult thing to write is the truth."

He gave me an odd look, as if to suggest that the truth should be the easiest thing to write.

I explained that writing the truth can be the most difficult for many reasons.

One reason is that the truth isn't necessarily clear; we don't always know what the truth is. The second reason is that people often don't want to know the truth.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

October can be considered the season of the weird I suppose in that our thoughts tend to turn to the bizarre, the spooky or just plain weird this time of the year.

I'm not a huge UFO person, but from time to time things catch my eye that draw my interest toward unidentified flying objects if only for a little while. Several recent news items have caught my eye and I wanted to take the time this week to share them with you and ask what you think about them.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In 1909 a reporter for the Lansford Leader journeyed to Palmerton to get a first-hand look at the fledgling community which had become the envy of the region with its dramatic growth. Tours of the town in lower Carbon County were quite common, even though it was established only 11 years earlier.

A Palmerton News reporter stated that Palmerton's renaissance made the visiting journalist "stare with surprise and gasp with admiration."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

There was a time when the very mention of Sunday liquor sales would release a firestorm of controversy.

Not any more.

Commissioners in my Florida county were asked to vote to extend the hours of Sunday liquor sales. There has been no strong opposition to the proposed change.

No wonder.

When we weren't looking, someone stole Sunday. And we can never get it back.

A long, long time ago, dating back to the Colonial era, Blue Laws were enacted to restrict shopping of any kind on Sunday.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


It's fun, discovering where life's twists and turns will take you next.

As a correspondent for the TIMES NEWS, I've had the chance to interview countless people in Carbon, Schuylkill, and Lehigh counties. While these people may not realize it, they have each touched my life in some small way.

Of course, there are the few who have impacted my life in a big way. I've been deeply touched by hard-working individuals in our area, people overcoming struggles to be their best, and men and women who are passionate about what they do.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

While I was interviewing a pastor about a financial course at his church, he happened to mention as an aside that he and his wife just bought a home.

I have to tell you that buying a home now in southwest Florida is a bit like putting a coin in one of those jackpot machines and getting a huge return for your money.

The bargains are almost unbelievable.

For those of us who already own homes here in Paradise, it's a sad story. We have to watch the value of our homes plummet like a crazy bungee jumper free-falling off a bridge.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

These days the airwaves are alive with ghost busters exploring cemeteries, abandoned hospitals, asylums, forts and prisons looking for the ultimate thrill, unmistakable evidence of life beyond the grave, namely a ghost or an entity. It definitely makes for interesting television especially as we move into the season of Halloween. Unfortunately the glut of television shows compress hours and hours of waiting into 60 minutes of seemingly crazy adventure. In real life, the situation is usually far from this glamorized ideal.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's time for another one of Linda's Fairytales.

"The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." Henry L. Stimson

Once uponce a time there was a good-hearted broommaker. He lived with his dear wife in a little town in the land of Pennsylvania's Amish countryside, where together they made old-fashioned brooms to sell.

The broommaker sometimes found fallen branches that he cleaned then put a nice shiny protective coat on them for handles. They were unique works of art.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today, some golf humor, and, no, it has nothing to do with my inept game, which is no laughing matter.

These, from a loyal reader.

Golfer's Credo

* Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.

* Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

* When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.