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Saturday, February 14, 2015

My cousin Ruth Ann shared an article this week that was quite exciting and offers hope that science will finally catch up with metaphysics and offer proof that our consciousness is not a manifestation of our physical existence and may precede and follow our lives here on Earth.

In other words from a scientific perspective our consciousness is independent of our physical existence. This is an exciting theory and its major proponent is a scientist named Robert Lanza.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

It's my second week of my retirement. OMG! What have I done? I am soooooooooo bored!

NOT!

Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I also can't wipe the stupid grin off my face, which seems to have become a permanent condition.

I wish I could say I've accomplished a lot already but the truth is, I don't think I've got the hang of this yet.

I start out with good intentions.

Like putting away all my office stuff. Monday morning I made piles on the dining room table to go through.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Thirty-five years ago this month during the Three Mile Island nuclear tragedy, I met Gov. Richard Thornburgh while working on statewide publicity related to health care issues. Afterward, I traveled to Canada to study their system of national health insurance, an issue being addressed today in the U.S.

National health insurance, for some, is a dream come true.

Many baby boomers, for instance, are using the Affordable Care Act to find their way to early retirement.

After federal subsidies for those who qualify, the monthly cost might be $100 to $300 a month, as opposed to $700 or more.

It's making a difference for some workers in their late 50s and early 60s who want to retire early, the pre-Medicare years.

Still, I think ACA provisions are too intrusive and far-reaching and hopefully will be toned down.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

A while back in a writer's guild workshop we were asked to write down words we thought are beautiful.

The workshop leader didn't want us to list words where the meaning was beautiful. It's the word itself the sound of the word on which we were to concentrate.

We were given 10 minutes to list our "beautiful" words. At the end of that time, I didn't have any words I truly thought were beautiful only because of the sound.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

As we've all experienced in recent weeks, winter has begun to ramp up its fury.

While far from the clippers that had been originally predicted, the recent storms have nonetheless served as a disheartening reminder of what the season is capable of, and what figures to follow.

For most of us, dealing with the inclement weather can often put a real strain on things.

That's particularly true when the storms hit overnight and run into the morning hours before work.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Being a writer and a photographer, I find myself constantly making a statement of some sort in one fashion or another.

I recently saw a great sweatshirt online that pretty much sums up my life's statement and one that I absolutely have to buy.

The writing on the front says:

Six things you don't mess with:

My faith, My family, My flag, My country, My liberty, My camera.

The first thing I thought was that I would need to change it to make it be seven things and add My dog; but then I figured that he is, in effect, family, so the six will work just fine.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Special to the Times News Bruce and Marie Frassinelli.

As my wife, Marie, and I were cruising down the superhighway of a picture-perfect retirement, our lives slammed into a brick wall and were turned upside down and inside out.

It was Valentine's Day 2012 a day synonymous with romance, flowers and an intimate dinner. Marie had had a CT scan earlier in the day. She had not been feeling well for about a month. She was bloated and had pain. She had a history of irritable bowel, so her doctor had prescribed several different medications, but nothing worked, so he ordered the CT scan.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My friend Lou Sportelli has a knack for meaningful quotes that stay with me.

For instance, one meaningful quote that has stood the test of time with me is this one.

"We are the same person today as we were yesterday except for two things the books we read and the people we meet."

Since Dr. Sportelli is a great reader of self-help books, (and he so generously passes them along to others), I'm not sure if that quote originated with him or if he is quoting one of his favorite authors.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Sunday ranks as arguably the biggest day of the year in professional football.

It's the XLIX annual Super Bowl. XLIX actually stands for the 49th, in case you're not sure.

The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have this as one of the most evenly matched Super Bowls ever, with the Tuesday line having New England favored by one point.

Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion, defeating the Denver Broncos last year, 43-8.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

There are many different urban legends told over campfires and during sleepovers. They are used to entertain with scary stories, but many really cannot be traced to one solid source. They always happen to "a friend of a friend" or someone my "family member" knows who knows someone else. When a story starts that way, it is surely a tall tale or an urban legend.