Sunday, November 29, 2015


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas time. It is a wonderful, magical, spiritual season.

We are encouraged to find ways to help brighten and lighten other people's lives in the gifts we give and the deeds we do.

A couple of weeks ago I told you a few amazing stories of how Operation Christmas Child affects lives and the mysterious way God has of answering prayers.

I've got another one for you this week that is closer to home. Be sure to have a tissue or two nearby. It leaves no doubt in my mind that little miracles happen all the time.

I'll call this story "The Christmas Shoes."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our first stop is a tidy house on a steep hill. Carefully I count the six meals we are to deliver here, stacking three of the styrofoam meal containers and three desserts in each bag. The lady of the house answers my knock, and her facial expression changes from semi-guarded to pleased.

How nice, she says, my husband just lost his job, I wonder who knew? She hasn't ordered any Thanksgiving Day meals from the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

There is an interesting video on YouTube that I found several months ago called "Powers of Ten." This was a short film produced by Charles and Ray Eames of the Eames Office in 1977, and it is a fascinating view of our world, the world without and the world within.

The movie opens with a picnic in a field in Chicago, and the narrator describes how the camera will zoom out at a certain rate as it leaves the Earth, the solar system, our galaxy and continues to zoom out on an imagined, hypothetical journey through the universe.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


As you read this I'm probably still cleaning up from Thursday's Turkey Extravaganza.

Although my fridge is packed with leftover stuffing, glazed Brussels sprouts, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, I'm already looking forward to our next Thanksgiving ... in February.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


For my daughters, I purchased Heathergems jewelry, which is produced from heather stems and manufactured exclusively in Pitlochry.

For myself, I brought home a couple of small bottles of Bruadar, which is a wonderful single malt Scotch whisky with honey, and for my mother-in-law, a simple box of Highland Blend tea from the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company.

My mother-in-law, Mary, is a serious and quite devout Tetley tea drinker.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

One of best parts of journalism is the opportunity to meet people and write their stories.

In my opinion, you just can't beat it.

Telling other people's stories provides an opportunity to see new faces every day, broaden your horizons and, best of all, make new friends.

I had the chance Tuesday night to spend time with historian Bernie Krebs, along with wife Jane and her dad, Gary Solt, all of Jim Thorpe. Wonderful people.

Bernie grew up on West Broadway and is impassioned about old tales of Carbon County.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The other day when I was browsing in our library I found what looked like a fascinating book.

"The Sacredness of the Present Moment" has a beautifully written introduction and I thought the book might have some sage advice about keeping our thoughts on the present moment.

It's not as easy as you think it is.

For at least the past year or two, I have been making a conscious effort to "stay in the moment" rather than letting my mind drift.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our fairy tales and legends are awash with stories of giants, mythical races of giant men and women that once roamed the world. Most major civilizations have stories about giants from ancient Greece to modern America.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stress. We've all experienced it. Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. Our jobs, marriage, children and bills all contribute to stress. Now add the holiday season to that list.

Whew! I'm really stressed now!

How many times do we hear procrastinators (me included) say, "I work best under pressure." But when constantly running in stress mode, our mind and body pay the price. It can cause depression, mood swings, eating problems and physical ailments.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I was talking with a group of friends over the weekend and the discussion turned to the bizarre, specifically strange happenings while driving.

We were sharing legends we heard about our areas, and one of my friends mentioned that one night on his way home he was traveling at a good rate of speed when all of a sudden he saw two figures just ahead step out on the highway and within striking distance, yet as the car was about to hit the pair they disappeared.