Monday, May 30, 2016


Saturday, July 16, 2011

The voice message from Linda's sister Diane said, "We're here safe and sound! And it's AWESOME!" That was when they were on vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia and had a fabulous time.

Linda wanted to slap her sister silly for her stupid cheery message.

The Koehlers' friends, Brian and Michelle came back from a cruise to Bermuda and raved about their trip and said they'd go back in a heartbeat.

Linda was sorry to hear they did not get seasick.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Every once in a while, I read something so profound that I tuck it away in my heart. That's what happened when I was reading a book called "Soul Mates, Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship."

Author Thomas Moore talks about finding soul mates in friends as well as in a marriage partner.

There is much about the book that is worthwhile reading for those who care about understanding and strengthening the special relationship we find with someone we call a soul mate.

This is the part of the book that jumped out at me and implanted itself within me:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Long berfore gasoline prices soared to near $4 a gallon, Sunday drives used to be a pleasant undertaking for a summer afternoon.

Along with the scenery, watching for unusual signs was a fun pastime. You would find them on billboards, on church bulletin boards, or, at one time, the famous Burma Shave signs that adorned rural America's roads.

Fortunately, signs haven't gone away, although Sunday afternoon rides have just about been priced out of the business. The following are some offerings sent by a local reader. Hope you enjoy them.

Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We are just a few weeks away from the impending debt ceiling limit. Our government has borrowed in excess of the debt limit and will have to raise the limit to continue operations after August 2, 2011. Many Republicans, including those newly elected by the Tea Party movement, have been thumping their chests and stating that they will hold the line and will not increase the debt ceiling. As we get closer to the deadline, I noticed several of them are wavering. To save face, many Republicans are now talking about a "mini-deal" to raise the debt ceiling over the short-term.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Most of us received a bonus this year when July 4th fell on a Monday. It gave us a long weekend. It was so good, in fact, that we wish Congress would consider making Independence Day a permanent Monday holiday, just like Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Aside to the woman reader who called my home last weekend and got my answering machine. Yes, I did know that there was a Twilight Zone Marathon on television over the July 4th weekend. And, yes, I did watch several episodes, between taking boat rides and cooking out on the grill.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Saturday, July 9, 2011

As I sat at my parent's house on the Fourth of July during our family's picnic watching my daughter Kathryn and my nephew Evan play "Hide and Seek", I thought about how far I have come from my own childhood and simultaneously marveled at them while realizing that I was now the parent instead of the child. Like many of us I realized how time marches forward and my childhood memories of some things are now just that, memories. Many are pleasant, but some are sad.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Some men find it easy to "power up" to successfully climb the corporate ladder. But when it's time to leave the job and begin retirement, some find it hard to power down.

That aptly applies to my friend, Don. He had a top job with a large corporation but still managed to head some volunteer organizations.

When his corporation offered him a buy out, he knew he had to accept it. But, doers will always be doers and Don is certainly a world-class doer.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

By jim zbick

"The rowdy is always and ever with us, wherever we happen to live."

That was the sober assessment of a Tamaqua Courier a century ago after a series of ugly early-summer incidents stunned area residents. Among the roughhouse tactics the writer cited were "low remarks to women, and general display of more or less drunken savagery."

He said that in many places, it was practically impossible for decent people to travel in peace by train or trolley after 11 o'clock, due in large part to the passive nature of the rail personnel.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 4th may be my favorite holiday of the entire year, especially when it falls on a Monday and provides us with a long weekend.

There's something about a birthday party, and when our entire nation celebrates, it's truly special.

The 4th of July's long tradition of picnics and fireworks is looked forward to each year. July 4th also reminds us how far we have come as a country in the more than two centuries we have been a nation.

We have come a long way. How far?