Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Saturday, October 16, 2010

A six-column headline in our local paper this week read: Two charged in beating of elderly man.

When I went on to read the story, I was a bit stunned to discover the "elderly man" was 67.

In my mind, there is nothing elderly about someone who is 67 – unless the person making that pronouncement is under 30.

My husband is well past 30, but he agrees with the headline writer: "Sixty-seven is elderly," said the man I married who still leads the lifestyle of a teenager.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A column, some weeks back, listed a whole slew of Burma Shave ads, those relics of the past that dotted our highways back in the 1930s and 40s. We had such a good response to that column, obviously from people who have been around long enough to remember those days and those signs, that we came up with a few more you may remember.

For those too young to remember, just think of it as a simpler time when text messaging wasn't even dreamed of. But messages managed to get to us just the same.

Thanks to Burma Shave for more than just a close shave.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

By Mary Tobia


How would you feel if visiting you for the first time was on someone's Bucket List?

A very close friend of ours from South Dakota was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 19 months ago.

It was touch and go for the first few weeks and after a serious Whipple procedure the doctors at the Mayo Clinic were able to stabilize Tommy enough to start cancer treatments.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

By jim zbick


The old Carbon County jail was at the center of some of the most dramatic events in local history, none of which was more sensational and riveting than the Molly Maguire arrests, trials and executions of 1876-78.

During the first two decades of the 20th century a convicted murderer aptly called "Big Martin" Leskoski proved that the old jail was far from escape-proof. He was able to flee the fortress-like structure twice.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In the United States, we have emphasized political correctness over the last several decades. Many of us do not publicly express some of our thoughts and opinions because they are not considered "politically correct". For this article I am going to tell it like it is. I am tired of one-sided attacks against Americans and Christianity. In the Washington Times this week Mr. Anjem Choudary, a radical British Muslim, stated that the Islamic flag would fly over the White House. In the article he claims that Sharia law will govern the entire world.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Perfect: complete in all respects; without defect or omission; sound; flawless; in a condition of complete excellence.

Perfection: the act or process of perfection; the quality or condition of being perfect; a person or thing that is the perfect embodiment of some quality.

Perfect I'm not.

But that doesn't mean I don't want people and things in my life to be perfect.

Take marriage.

Harry and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary last Saturday. He did every thing perfect.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Autumn. And many of us are in the Autumn of our lives, a time where we reflect on how things once were.

Way back when we didn't have anything called "fast food." Microwave ovens weren't even a dream in anyone's mind, except some mad scientist somewhere.

If someone asked me today, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?" I'd tell them, "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up. "All the food was slow."

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.