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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

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

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.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

With all the natural beauty it has to offer, this area has always served as a magnet for travellers, and it's especially popular with the two-wheeled vehicles.

A century ago, the motorcycle, no longer considered a luxury toy enjoyed only by the more affluent, was becoming more affordable to the average citizen. It was part of the new wave of transportation – including airplanes and automobiles – that spun out of the first decade of the new century. Groups like the Reading Motorcycle Club formed, giving bike riders an opportunity to bond with others.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The 2010 U. S. Census likely will show that Pennsylvania has over two million more people than it did in 1950.

But you'd never know it by the attendance at public events.

Church festivals and civic celebrations don't draw the crowds they once did. In the 1950s, special events were packed. But that's not the case today.

The trend is seen nationally, too.

According to the folks at NASCAR, attendance has dropped in 14 of the first 19 races of the season. NASCAR figures to sell one million fewer tickets this year than in 2003.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Do you remember when church picnics were the highlight of our summers?

Boy. They were the cherries on top of the ice cream Sundaes of school summer vacations.

I know many churches in our area had them and some still continue the tradition. For me, it was St. Matthew's church picnics in Kunkletown.

Back when I was a kid, our church was a combination of a Reformed and a Lutheran Church. We had two picnics. Twice the fun!

They were held in our picnic grove filled with huge tall shady trees and lots of room to run. It was a kid's paradise.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I'm sitting on the creaky, wooden, 1940s-era office chair in the home office of our old farmhouse. The small room holds two vintage wooden desks, one at each window; a battered old metal filing cabinet, painted a utilitarian brown, squats in the corner between them.