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Saturday, October 12, 2013

I love bookstores and libraries.

I like libraries best because there is no end to the fascinating free offerings. Each week when I go there I walk away with four or five books and some free periodicals. This week, as I browsed through the library, I found some quirky books and magazines. Intrigued by its title, I flipped through the book, "The Art of Over Eating. (I do that far too often.)

But its advice is flaky, at best. "Never weigh yourself with your glasses on," said the author. "That way, you can say you weigh whatever you want."

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Friends of mine enjoy the Irish jokes I have placed in this column in the past and have sent me some more to share with you this morning.

Two Irishmen walking home after a night on the beer when a severed head rolled along the ground. Mick picked it up to his face and said to Paddy, "Jez, that looks like Sean" to which Paddy replied, "No Sean was taller than that."

Did you hear about the Irish monster who went to night school to learn to read in the dark?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

There have been some interesting stories making the rounds in the news again and it's been a while since I shared some so without further delay, here are some not so bright criminals and con artists which continues to prove that crime doesn't pay, although it might make the police laugh once in a while:

We begin in the town of Iowa City where Daniel P. Noehl decided to start a new sideline business selling prescription medicine to anyone who would want to buy it. He supposedly made a deal with someone he thought was a friend to sell three bottles full of pills.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Last week I talked about how we should give our spouses awards, like the Oscars, Emmy's, CMA's and ESPY'S. We could call these awards, the L.O.V.E. awards (Love's Outstanding and Vivid Events).

Well, I had a few responses and I'd like to share them with you today.

My friend John wins hands down in the "Best-Husband-to-Be-Material" category.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Age has its prerogatives.

One of the most profitable is saving money. Since turning 55, I have saved more than $27,000 taking advantage of senior citizen discounts and special pricing for seniors. That's an average of about $1,400 a year.

How did I do this? Ah, that's the best part: All I do is ask.

Curiously, I was introduced to the discount quite accidentally 20 years ago. My wife and I stopped at a restaurant in Cortland, N.Y.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GETTYSBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) addressed Main Street and Elm Street managers from across the state during the Pennsylvania Downtown Center's annual conference in Gettysburg on Monday.

Argall, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, stressed the importance of the state's Main Street and Elm Street programs as a means of breathing new life into downtowns.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

What do you do when you see or hear of a local tragedy? For most, simply absorbing the information and hoping it never happens to us is the easiest thing to do.

In current times of growing financial, medical, social and even national hardships, many of us opt to focus our thoughts and efforts on things that mostly matter or relate to us, rather than getting involved with other people's problems.

Every day you learn about these local hardships; whether it be a house fire, vehicle accident, crime or medical illness.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our kayak club meets each Wednesday for a business meeting and dinner, and each Sunday morning for a club paddle.

I've been a member for about five years and I never "make waves."

But what's wrong with offering a suggestion?

Well, that could be construed as "making waves" if the suggestion (gasp!) is to do things differently.

My question for the club was this: Why can't we hold the club paddles on Saturday instead of Sunday? Or, any day of the week other than Sunday.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A friend and I had an interesting discussion not long ago.

We came to the conclusion that, if you're a baby boomer, it's not your fault if you occasionally find yourself demonstrating a screwed up sense of values.

We were the original children of television and were influenced by outrageous role models.

Boomers were spoon-fed some very extraordinary concepts. In a sense, the TV shows of our day were bizarre.

We watched American family units who were far removed from reality, but presented as normal.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ever since the photo bug has caught hold of me, I find myself always looking for interesting things snap or locations for photo shoots.

Recently, I pulled over on the side of the road to take a picture of a little stream.

I loved the way the sunlight crept through the brush and glistened off of the water.

I looked like it would be the perfect little fairy hideaway.

When I finished, I proceeded to walk back across the street over to my vehicle.