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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Callie Kosciolek, 6, of Summit Hill, reads the newspaper as a way to expand her vocabulary and strengthen her reading skills.

Some people say the newspaper industry is dying. Being in my early 30s I find my first choice for getting the news will always be a newspaper.

How do you like to read your news? Online or the newspaper? I may be biased, but my first choice will always be the newspaper. Since I was a young girl the sight of someone reading a newspaper always caught my eye.

The moment I would spot someone reading one, whether on a park bench, library or on a crowded bus, I would always assume they were an intelligent person.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ghosts are always a subject that can instantly create controversy between skeptics and believers.

Almost 45 percent of all people in America believe in the possibility of ghosts and that the dead can communicate with the living in the right circumstances. Die-hard skeptics believe there is no such thing as a spirit world and that ghosts are figments of the imagination, citing lack of solid evidence.

Believers argue that no evidence will ever be good enough to quash the skepticism of a "nonbeliever."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

The birds are singing the sweetest song. It sounds like a big chorus with various kinds of birds singing different parts.

What makes it incongruous for me is the rest of the scene the steady downpour that started early in the morning and won't let up.

I often wondered where birds go when it rains like this. I picture them with their heads turned under their feathered wings, hiding from the elements.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sometimes I'm a bad girl.

I did a terrible thing last night.

I "shushed" Harry.

And I did it in a mean way.

My favorite TV program, "The Big Bang Theory" was making its new season debut. I had made it home in time from a meeting, snuggled comfortably in my chair, and then Harry's mouth began going a mile a minute. I finally turned to him and said, (prepare yourself to gasp) "I'm either going to have to videotape this or you have to stop talking." Imagine my surprise that I hurt his feelings.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Up to two weeks ago, I have never seen a hummingbird in real life. Since that time, I have spotted them twice, and each time, they have left me standing on the pavement in awe.

I have marveled over those incredible creatures in books, magazines and even video, but for 47 years, they eluded me.

I belong to a Nikon camera enthusiasts group and often see the most amazing photographs of various hummingbirds.

I find that they have the most beautiful colors and I can't help but marvel over their flight abilities.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Would you rather have people say you look young or would you like them to think you are skinny?

That was the question asked in a survey that generated a lot of attention on the Internet last week.

The survey started in England, but once it hit the Internet other media sites picked it up and asked U.S. women to respond.

Turns out it didn't matter which country ran the survey. The results were the same.

Most women said they would rather look young.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

So now there's a proposal before the Senate Education Committee that would allow school boards to authorize if staff may or may not carry guns on school grounds.

Those of you who have read my prior posts on the topic of guns will not be surprised to know that I am against such legislation being passed, though not because I believe the idea is impractical.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The other week I saw an eye-catching photo of a college library in The Wall Street Journal.

The library has a unique dome on the outside and something even odder on the inside: no books.

Some say it's the forerunner of things to come.

Digital libraries, we're told, are the wave of the future.

They are already appearing in Boston, Texas and Washington, in addition to right here in my Florida backyard, so to speak.

The Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, just opened a new library with not a book in sight. Everything is digital.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By LINDA KOEHLER

lkoehler@tnonline.com

(Sing the following to George Jones' song, "The Race is On.")

"Now the race is on and here comes Linda up the backstretch,

Heart attack is going on the inside.

My tears are holding back,

They're trying not to fall,

Harry's still in the running,

My true love's banking the Chevrolet.

The race is on and it looks like we're flying

And if we live, we win it all."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

When I hear the Drifters sing "Under the Boardwalk," I think of the casinos because they're going under.

New Jersey gambling houses are shutting down faster than Secretariat on steroids.

The Revel, opened in 2012, never found profitability and recently had a bankruptcy auction. It was the third casino to close this year. The Atlantic Club closed in January, and Showboat closed in August. Another, Trump Plaza, was set to close this week.