Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Saturday, June 21, 2014



I have mixed emotions about the current happenings at my alma mater, Panther Valley. Twenty-eight years have passed and the faces have changed, but the games appear to remain the same.

First let me point out that school board members are the only local officials who are totally volunteers. School board members serve many, many hours of work each week if they are sincerely serving with total commitment.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

OK. So how many of you have ever misplaced something and when you find it, you're in total amazement at where it was found?

Like putting the television's remote control in a kitchen drawer of hot pads and tea towels. Yes. My hand is raised.

Or, have you ever reached for the hair spray and instead gave your hair a good dose of air freshener? That happened to a friend of mine. Her hair lost its curl but smelled really good.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Last Sunday, (Father's Day) I found myself being a bit cranky and for some reason, not very interested in doing anything special for my husband.

As a father and stepfather to my children, he certainly deserved to enjoy his place of honor for the day; however, I really didn't feel like facilitating or participating in any Father's Day activities.

I knew it had nothing whatsoever to do with him.

Saturday, June 14, 2014



It's a warm, sunny Saturday morning, and I'm sitting on a wooden pew, about halfway back from the pulpit, in First Methodist Church, in the heart of Pottsville.

In the front row, a stocky man with a shock of thick white hair sits hunched, a handkerchief pressed to his eyes.

Attorney Joseph Jones, the patriarch of a venerable Schuylkill County family, a man whose calm, confident courtroom demeanor is the stuff of legend, buckles under the grief of the loss of his grandson, Capt. Jason Benjamin Jones.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I think it's a hoot to read the list of precautions of some medications. It makes you wonder why you would want to take that pill when the side effects are worse than the condition or ailment.

My friend Dora did a comedy routine at our Ladies Spring Fling and addressed that same issue: "Just once I'd like to read that one of the side effects of a medication could cause extreme sexiness."

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer has been the time of great blockbusters at least for the past 39 years. Before 1975, summer movies were a throwaway to the studios. No matter how hard they tried, movie attendance was always down in the summer, most likely due to Americans enjoying the outdoors. This momentum shifted in the summer of '75, when a movie about a man-eating shark hit the theater and attracted movie audiences at levels not seen before.

Saturday, June 7, 2014



I just thought I'd give you an update on my future Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

As you already know, I bought Harry a radio control helicopter for Christmas two years ago. He got so good, he began to feel he wasn't being challenged enough. Enter ... the Blade 120 SR Fixed Pitch with flybar.

Then he went on the Internet and started watching what other radio control helicopter fliers were doing and wanted to kick it up a notch.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This is a story told to me at a campfire …

Like his father and grandfather before him, the farmer continued to work the land. He was alone now. He didn't need to work the land, it was just that he'd done it all his life.

None of his children or their children had wanted to follow in the footsteps of the previous generations, and that saddened him. Every Saturday night, when a week's good, hard work was done, the farmer liked to sit on his porch to watch the sunset.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This past Saturday I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a 25th wedding anniversary celebration which included a renewing of the couple's vows.

The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful and relaxing.

The veteran bride and groom beamed just as I imagine they did the first time around.

There was no doubt in my mind that these two were just as in love, if not more so, than they were 25 years ago.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Today David and I skipped our club kayaking trip and went by ourselves.

We kayaked a new area in a totally relaxed way. While I was leisurely gliding through the water, I noticed David and I had totally different approaches to our kayaking trip.

I kept searching the waterside, looking for alligators hiding in the grass, or I searched the treetops for exotic birds.

David, on the other hand, kept his eyes peeled on the water in front of him. Because he did, he was the first to spot the alligator swimming across the river and the two manatees bobbing in the water.