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Saturday, December 11, 2010

There is a stiff wind blowing.

Some might call it only a breeze and welcome its presence.

But on a bike, at least for a novice like me, that breeze adds to the resistance and difficulty.

I chug along, pushing with one foot after the other, keeping an eye on the odometer. When it hits 10 miles, I can stop.

Yes, I know. Ten miles is nothing to bike. But with my breathing problems, every mile is mild torture.

So why do I do it?

Not because I like to suffer. I do it because exercise is good for me.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

By JOE PLASKO

jplasko@tnonline.com

I recently bought a copy of the 1951 film version of "A Christmas Carol" on DVD.

I was thrilled that this British production, which starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, was finally available on disc. I have an old VHS tape of it that has begun to wear out after repeated viewings through the years.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It is difficult to believe we have already reached December 2010 and true to form temperatures have plummeted from 60 degrees earlier this week to freezing this weekend, but fortunately for now there are no major storms in sight.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Thanksgiving Day, our family sits around the table and composes our Christmas Wish Lists and then we make copies and hope Christmas Day we'll find exactly what we want under the Christmas tree.

My 10-year-old niece, Abby, used her dad's laptop and gave us a power-point presentation!

As I sat there with my paper and pencil trying to jot down her list I felt like I was in a business meeting with a high-powered executive.

There was one slight problem.

To this old dinosaur, it was like she was talking in a foreign language.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

If you're a Boomer, you remember the phrase: "Let your fingers do the walking."

It simply meant that you could save time and energy by looking up shop numbers in the Yellow Pages. You could give stores a call instead of walking to each business to discuss your needs.

Today, the very existence of phone books is threatened now that phone companies are phasing out the white pages.

Phone companies say the white pages are unnecessary because people now use the Internet to look up phone numbers.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

An event that may not seem monumental at the time can set the direction of a child's life.

I've watched that happen so many times, both in my own family and in observing others.

When daughter Andrea turned 13, we gave her a Nikon camera for her birthday. It was my husband's idea. I was against giving Andrea the big, professional model he picked, thinking that at her age a point and shoot would be better.

What I didn't know was that gift would springboard into an exciting career for her.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

By Bob Urban

burban@tnonline.com

From a reader:

Dear Mr. Urban,

I read your article (about words that don't rhyme) and it was very interesting. I came across a website that listed more than four words in the English language that do not rhyme, so here you go:

http://www.rhymezone.com

Words With Nothing To Rhyme To...

To the best of my knowledge, there are 70 words in the English language which do not rhyme with any other words!

Enjoy,

Shawn Davis

They are (in alphabetical order):

A - Almond, Angry, Angst, Anxious, Aspirin

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Even mine vehicles such as the cage – an elevator-type device used to transport miners to and from the surface and considered a safety net for miners in case of emergency – could themselves be danger traps. In early November 1910, 10 miners had boarded their cage at the No. 4 colliery near Lansford for their usual descent on the 7 a.m. shift.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

By GAIL MAHOLICK

gmaholick@tnonline.com

After reading horror stories in the newspaper and hearing about the prolonged security checks on television, I steeled myself for a bad time at the airport on Wednesday.

Our arrival time at the Wilkes-Barre airport was slightly after 4 a.m. and our flight was supposed to take off at 6 o'clock for Newark Airport, where we would change planes for our final destiny - Las Vegas.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stores and shopping centers spend thousands of dollars to paint lines on their lots in order to attempt to guide people into parking spaces in an orderly fashion especially when the spaces are slanted and not at right angles to the driving lanes. Yet, even with the visual aids it amazes me when people think they know better and do what they want to do in their cars.