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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Someone mentioned the other day that we're fortunate to have good police protection in our communities.

It's true. We have some very good police.

Still, I sometimes think they're underappreciated.

Journalists see the great job they do on a frequent basis.

We see police at work at crash scenes, drug raids, arraignments and arrests. We see them when we pick up daily police logs. We interact with them quite a bit.

If you spend time with an on-duty cop, you'll gain renewed respect instantly. Police have one of the toughest jobs around.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

As a young, single mother, I prided myself in being able to "do it all."

I could multitask like it was nobody's business.

My "Spidey-sense" was top-notch and I could chase after small children with the speed of "The Flash" and the fluidity and stealth of a Ninja.

But that was then, and this is now.

After a busy day at work and more work screaming for my attention at home, I decided to make the one-hour trip down to see my daughter and granddaughter, as I was missing her so.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

By JARRAD HEDES

jmhedes@tnonline.com

There are times you can embellish, or just flat-out lie, and get away with it.

People almost expect it out of you from time to time.

Go to any kind of reunion where one person hasn't seen another for a long period of time and watch the fabrications fly.

There is just a certain draw to adding some type of drama to your life.

Brian Williams did something we all have likely done at some point in stretching the truth.

Williams said he was aboard a helicopter hit by grenade fire in Iraq on March 24, 2003.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Ahhh, I miss the good old days when I ate whatever I wanted instead of what is supposedly good for me.

The older I get, the more concerned I am about healthy living. I look around at all the infirmities that set in as we age and get determined to do what is in my power to stay healthy.

I try not to pop pills for medical issues. Instead, I first try lifestyle changes to stay healthy.

It's been a long-held belief of mine that people go to a doctor wanting a pill that will make them better.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My cousin Ruth Ann shared an article this week that was quite exciting and offers hope that science will finally catch up with metaphysics and offer proof that our consciousness is not a manifestation of our physical existence and may precede and follow our lives here on Earth.

In other words from a scientific perspective our consciousness is independent of our physical existence. This is an exciting theory and its major proponent is a scientist named Robert Lanza.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

It's my second week of my retirement. OMG! What have I done? I am soooooooooo bored!

NOT!

Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I also can't wipe the stupid grin off my face, which seems to have become a permanent condition.

I wish I could say I've accomplished a lot already but the truth is, I don't think I've got the hang of this yet.

I start out with good intentions.

Like putting away all my office stuff. Monday morning I made piles on the dining room table to go through.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Thirty-five years ago this month during the Three Mile Island nuclear tragedy, I met Gov. Richard Thornburgh while working on statewide publicity related to health care issues. Afterward, I traveled to Canada to study their system of national health insurance, an issue being addressed today in the U.S.

National health insurance, for some, is a dream come true.

Many baby boomers, for instance, are using the Affordable Care Act to find their way to early retirement.

After federal subsidies for those who qualify, the monthly cost might be $100 to $300 a month, as opposed to $700 or more.

It's making a difference for some workers in their late 50s and early 60s who want to retire early, the pre-Medicare years.

Still, I think ACA provisions are too intrusive and far-reaching and hopefully will be toned down.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

A while back in a writer's guild workshop we were asked to write down words we thought are beautiful.

The workshop leader didn't want us to list words where the meaning was beautiful. It's the word itself the sound of the word on which we were to concentrate.

We were given 10 minutes to list our "beautiful" words. At the end of that time, I didn't have any words I truly thought were beautiful only because of the sound.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

As we've all experienced in recent weeks, winter has begun to ramp up its fury.

While far from the clippers that had been originally predicted, the recent storms have nonetheless served as a disheartening reminder of what the season is capable of, and what figures to follow.

For most of us, dealing with the inclement weather can often put a real strain on things.

That's particularly true when the storms hit overnight and run into the morning hours before work.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Being a writer and a photographer, I find myself constantly making a statement of some sort in one fashion or another.

I recently saw a great sweatshirt online that pretty much sums up my life's statement and one that I absolutely have to buy.

The writing on the front says:

Six things you don't mess with:

My faith, My family, My flag, My country, My liberty, My camera.

The first thing I thought was that I would need to change it to make it be seven things and add My dog; but then I figured that he is, in effect, family, so the six will work just fine.