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Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've been on a walking kick to lose weight.

It seems to be working. It'd work much better if I'd stay away from fruit pies, but treats are important. Walking is good for the health, but too much of a good thing becomes bad. When I tried walking 10 miles, I developed blisters on my feet. So I came to the conclusion that too much exercise isn't a good thing. Or course, too much pie isn't a good thing either.

And so I've learned to balance walking with eating pie. I've developed my own system of rewards. Each person needs to figure out what works best.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Saturday is for relaxing. You work hard all week, and the weekend is something to look forward to. Maybe sleep a little later in the morning. Perhaps get some chores done, or begin a project that you'll benefit from.

Saturday's are also for fun. And this column, recognizing its resonsibilities, will bring you some fun facts today that you can toy with over that second cup of Saturday coffee.

I'll bet you didn't know:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Once upon a time in this vast land of ours, there were many tribes all over the country with strange customs.

Although there were wonderful, well-built things in all the stores, men and women waited a long time before they gave in to the urge to buy something. Meanwhile, they did a lot of what they called "window shopping." They looked, maybe they yearned, but they didn't buy.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Today is Saturday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of the year.

Today is significant to many for various reasons.

In 1878, the American Bar Association was founded.

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's painting, "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

And in 2010, today is significant for me because today I marry my best friend.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

When are we going to say "enough is enough"? How long are we going to tolerate being beaten over the heads by the vocal minority in this country who continue to steal our rights and freedoms from us? When are we going to take personal responsibility for our decisions again? The sad, scary truth is that I think the answer might be never, especially if we continue down this road of apathy and "not my problem" -it is that has provided the platform to allow revisionists and radicals to rewrite our history.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


The local church often became the first place of refuge for many new immigrants who populated the region in the late 1800s and early 20th century.

Coal region residents were used to town rivalries and ethnic tension but those were nothing like the power struggle that developed within the walls of St. George's Greek Catholic Church, Minersville, in 1910. The case ended up going all the way to the state Supreme Court where the final ruling defined the authority of the local church board, pastor and bishop's office.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I came home from work on Tuesday. Becky had come for dinner and we were chatting when Diane and Abby dropped by. We were all sitting in the living room having a lovely gab fest.

I was in the Devil Chair. I propped up the foot rest. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but two different colored shoes upon my feet.

Alas, I had a black sandal on my left foot and a blue one on my right.

"Holy cow! Look at that!" I cried out in amazement.

All eyes in the room looked at where I was pointing.

Then we all laughed till we cried!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What is the most amazing invention of the century?

My husband answers that often-asked question with this joke:

When a fellow was asked to name the most amazing invention, he surprised others by answering: "The thermos."

"What's so amazing about a thermos?" he was asked.

"Well, if you put hot stuff in it, it stays hot. If you put cold stuff in it, it stays cold," he said.

"What's so amazing about that?" asked his companion.

"Well, how does it know?" the man said.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stress. Most of us encounter it in some way, shape or form, every day. It may be affiliated with our work, or maybe a family situation or some other episode in our lives that we are having problems dealing with. Stress, unmanaged, can wreck us. It can make our lives a living hell.

Recently a reader of this column sent along the following. It describes stress and how we should cope with it. Read it and see if it isn't excellent advice.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

"You come from nothing, you are going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing! Cheer up you old bugger."

Those are lines from an old Monty Python song, "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" which in its essence tells us that we can trudge through life and be annoyed and pity ourselves or we can recognize that life is not something to be taken seriously. Instead we should enjoy life because it is fleeting and one day we will be at the end and contemplating what we did with our lives.