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Saturday, July 26, 2014

I've been spending the past week cleaning out closets, organizing drawers and finally putting some order to all my clothes.

Normally, I would feel virtuous with all that effort.

Instead, I feel ashamed.

As I pack up boxes of clothes for Goodwill and stacks of "good clothes" I'm passing along to a favorite friend, one thing becomes very clear: I have way too many clothes.

Even with all the boxes of clothes I'm giving away, it doesn't put a significant dent in what I have stuffed in three closets.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When I began college in 2002, I had decided that I wanted to major in digital communications.

It was a growing field, and the blend of English communications and the digital world intrigued me.

At the time, my father, who is avidly against computers, said he didn't understand the draw because "computers are going to be the downfall of the world."

I laughed at him in that moment, but 12 years later, his statement is coming true.

In today's world, you can't walk down the street without seeing someone glued to their smartphone or tablet.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I ran away from home this week, sort of.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, I took a vacation without a child or a husband (or both) in tow.

It was a fairly last-minute decision and one made out of necessity rather than luxury.

As I've said before, I'm always on the go, often taking on more than I can handle, while at the same time getting a rush from the challenge of it all.

It's worked out pretty well for most of my life, but during the past year, it's really started to take a toll.

My body is falling apart.

My insomnia is worse.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

By LINDA KOEHLER

lkoehler@tnonline.com

My good friend Connie has been a list-maker since ... well, forever. Which is probably why she is the most organized and efficient person I know.

Me? Not so much. Which tells you that I'm probably the most unorganized and inefficient person I know.

But I'm trying.

I have resorted to making lists because of my you-know-what memory. Short-term. Yeah, that's the phrase.

How's that working for me, you might ask?

Well, I had two items on my most recent shopping list ... toothpaste and paper napkins.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

One of the most important qualities a magician needs to learn his craft is his ability to carefully translate and follow directions. Most magicians get their start by studying magic books, and I was no different.

I read and absorbed almost every magic book I could find. The older books required some translation and some thought because sometimes the authors would deliberately describe moves vaguely to make you work for the effect.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Sitting in my husband's yard is a new, sleek kayak.

Well, it's not exactly new. I bought it for his birthday a full year ago.

One of the reasons why David and I were attracted to each other is because we are both passionate about kayaking. We go as often as we can.

For his birthday, I replaced his old, heavy kayak with one of those lightweight, high-performance kayaks that make it much easier to carry and use.

So, with all that for background, how many times do you think he has used his new kayak all year?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

It's a Sunday afternoon, and our old farmhouse is filled with the laughter and chatter of young people. The aroma of homemade lasagna wafts through the air as we set the table, arranging plates, cutlery and napkins for a dozen people around our big wooden table. We put trivets out, enough to protect the finish from the heat of four large pans of the bubbling hot mixture of noodles, creamy cheese, savory meat and tangy tomato sauce.

This is no ordinary Sunday dinner.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We had a lovely Fourth of July weekend visiting my niece in Lititz and experienced some of why it is called, "America's Coolest Little Town."

If you've never been there, plan a day trip. You'll love the scenery, and the charmingly quaint town offers great shops, wonderful restaurants, and is the home of Wilbur Chocolate and Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS She did it! Linda Ruth-Tosetti, granddaughter of Babe Ruth, used a chair to hop into the seat of an 1880s highwheel, proudly displaying traits of courage and confidence that run in the Ruth family. Assisting were John Poponiak, right, and Dan Horengic.

About 15 years ago, I grew interested in something I saw in old-time photos.

While looking through Victorian picture albums, I was intrigued by the sight of a bicyclelike contraption with a front wheel almost five feet high.

So I decided to pursue my fascination with the 1880s Victorian highwheel. I located one for sale in Illinois and bought it, a $4,000 gamble.

I figured it'd be difficult to master, but I'd sell it if things didn't work out.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

When I was a teenager, my friends had a nickname for my mother.

They called her radar ears.

She did, indeed, seem to have radar ears. She was strict with me and liked it best when I was within eyesight.

So my friends would hang out with me across the street from my house, where we could be seen but not heard.

Every now and then a friend would get the idea we should all go to the local pizza shop. This would be discussed in a low voice so no one could hear.