Monday, December 22, 2014


Saturday, May 31, 2014

While covering the Memorial Day services at Kennedy Park in Lansford on Monday, an elderly gentleman suddenly collapsed to the ground.

I turned around and watched as people rushed to his assistance.

Fortunately, two nurses happened to be among the spectators and were able to attend to him until the ambulance came (which took way too long, in my opinion).

As for me, all I could do was stand there, watch and pray.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday was Memorial Day, the actual Memorial Day and not the one we set aside on the last Monday of May to celebrate with a long weekend. Most people today associate Memorial Day with our veterans and soldiers, but many do not realize the true origins of the holiday weekend we enjoy as the start of summer. Let's explore this holiday and its traditions.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I love the Internet with the same kind of support and appreciation I have for a good friend.

After all, the Internet is the best know-it-all friend we can have. I love the way it can spit out the information I need a second after I seek it.

What impresses me is the wide scope of knowledge at your fingertips. Ask the Internet for the most obscure information, and it will come spitting out.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dear Hon. John E. Jones,

Just some feedback from a conservative Pennsylvania Dutchman up in the mountains.

I heard what you said, that "we're a better people than what these laws represent." Then, with the stroke of a pen, you extended civil rights and helped to pull Pennsylvania out of the Dark Ages. Our state now has a clearer vision of equality.

But let's face it, in a perfect world, marriage equality would've been a given.

But, you see, some influential politicians in Pennsylvania are, perhaps, not a better people.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Did you see all the turtles?" Harry asked me as we whizzed on by a pond.

"No. And I don't think you saw any either," I smart-mouthed him back. "That's just a log with knobby things on them."

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I have never written to the national column Dear Abby but a friend of mine sent me the following and thought it was pretty funny.

It is submissions to the column that Dear Abby was at a loss to answer. Thought you would enjoy reading them.

Dear Abby,

What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR?

Dear Abby,

I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his.

Dear Abby,

I am a 23-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Some people do not believe in coincidences. They believe everything is random and there is no order to anything. These people tend to be scientific to the point that they minimize any spiritual belief in their world. To them reality is only what they see, touch and feel. They like to believe they have the world under their thumb and that they hold all the cards. Once in a while though things happen that contradict that apparent belief system, yet I know such events probably do not change their minds.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

We have all read stories and reports about how much money our federal, state and local governments waste each year (which I find to be absolutely sickening), but recently I decided to take a look at my own wasteful tendencies.

I really didn't have to look very far.

Starting in my kitchen, I realize that I end up throwing away entirely too much food.

Fresh produce that I had every intention of turning into a healthy meal ends up wilting or rotting and ultimately makes its way to the trash can.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that honors all Americans who have died while in military service.

One little boy in Ohio observes Memorial Day every day of his life.

This story was introduced by CBS's Steve Hartman in a segment of "On the Road."

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Everyone knows change is a sure-fired constant. It is virtually impossible for everything to remain the same.

People change. Circumstances change. Times change. Most of all, lifestyles change.

Much of the time this change comes so slowly that we don't realize the relentless winds of change have completely changed our landscape. It is only by looking backward that we see how much change has come about.

My husband and I came to this conclusion while we were reminiscing about our parents' lifestyles, contrasting it with today.