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Saturday, July 31, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

The summer of 1910 did not mean a recess in education-related matters.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Writers strive to find the most accurate way to tell stories and describe things. That's our job.

We use words as our basic tools, just like mechanics use wrenches.

We build sentences to convey thoughts, just like chemists concoct formulas.

We come up with words and phrases and string them together in ways we hope will work.

It's both an art and a science and not always easy. The art can be abstract and the science not exact.

Add to that our own limitations and you can see why mistakes happen.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

I'm not sure who the school principal was who gave this speech. I'm not even sure if it was delivered to a student body at one of our high schools. I only know if it wasn't delivered, then it should have been.

It's a speech every American high school principal should deliver, and If every school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place. Thank you to the number of readers who sent me this. I think it's worth sharing.

It goes like this.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

There are key moments in life that stand out in one's mind as significant even though to others they may be trivial or mundane. We all have those key events in our life that shaped us into the people we are today. Like those milestones in life, there are certain songs or pieces of music that highlight, accentuate or define us at different times in our lives.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tom Rhiel and Carol Ann Bowyer love to kayak. They enjoy being in the outdoors and on the water. Tom and Carol work for mEnterprise Solutions. It was Tom who heard about an organization called Team River Runner (TRR) and believed this was what he was looking fora way to give back to a very special group of peopleour veterans. He got Carol to become a volunteer also.

They visited my Rotary Club meeting to tell us about TRR.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A friend of mine has two very generous adult daughters. For my friend's milestone birthday, her daughters told her they would give her anything she wanted.

"All I want," she said, "is to spend time with you."

No, they told her, this is your special birthday and we want to give you something really special.

The daughters are both married and no longer live near their parents. My friend laments that they only get together for weddings and funerals. "And lately, it's been far more funerals than weddings," she said.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

By MARY TOBIA

tneditor@tnonline.com

When I married my husband I also married The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues is the name of a group of pop/rock musicians who were a part of the British invasion in the 1960s.

I remember my first introduction to the group as if it was yesterday.

We were driving along the countryside in my soon-to-be husband's brand new 1971 dark green, two-door, Monte Carlo.

He pulled out a large 8-track cassette tape, put it in the tape deck, turned on the player and said, "I want you to hear this group. I really like them."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In the past I have printed some of the funny headlines that make it into newspapers and some funny statements made by lawyers in court. Today, a favorite target, politicians.

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." Dan Quayle.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president" Hillary Clinton.

"The world is more like it is now then it ever has before" Dwight Eisenhower.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

There is a much over used cliché on my mind this week with regard to Pennsylvania although a quick search will find that it is a wise crack in many different states. I can hear the groans already but here goes nothing. Did you know there are two seasons in Pennsylvania? Winter and construction. This past week the latter made me wish for the former although air conditioning in my car makes construction delays a bit more tolerable.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It was supposed to be a simple shopping trip.

I only needed two simple items.

I'm repeating the word simple because of one reason: "Simple" is hard to find in this complex world.

All I wanted was a simple pedometer and an alarm clock. I didn't want all the available bells and whistles or all the things technology can offer.

I just wanted a pedometer that measured my walking distance, nothing more. I rejected the one with a built in memory and the ability to recall all my walking trips. I turned down all the models that offered 11 different functions.