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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I have noticed that there are certain things that people just don't talk about; things that are perfectly natural and perfectly human; and perfectly taboo for some reason.

One of those topics is, umm, bathroom habits.

Now, I know this subject may be a little uncomfortable for some of you, so I will try to ease you into it by addressing some non-taboo but relevant bathroom dilemmas.

First, there is the ongoing debate over the toilet paper roll being hung in either an over or under fashion.

Some people can become quite distressed if it is not hung correctly.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Remembering Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock

One of my favoritememories growing up was late Saturday night television on PBS, which for several years aired triple episodes of "Star Trek."

While it was aired on channel 17 here and there and at one time used to be filler leading up to prime time on some local networks, it was the three-show mini-marathons on PBS that really hooked me on "Star Trek" and led me to journey with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on that five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. …"

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Well, I can check one item off my Bucket List.

Operation Wallpaper Removal has been accomplished.

I have some advice for those of you considering wallpapering a room … DON'T DO IT!

Because sooner or later, you're going to want to take it down.

Back in the early '90s, wallpaper was big. Everyone seemed to have at least one room that was wallpapered. I was envious. So when we put on an addition to the house, one room became my computer room/office. This was my opportunity to let my inner interior designer soar.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I used to be smart.

Now I know nothing.

So help me out here.

Perhaps you can tell me the answers to some of the stuff I don't know.

Often, when I turn on my computer, there is a story about Kendra Wilkinson. How did she get "famous" in the first place? I vaguely remember something about a reality show, but she came across as rather dumb. Must be another reason for her fame. Anyone?

OK, here's a big one. I don't get this country's fascination with the Kardashian family. They just don't go away.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Its been a tough winter, to be sure. So today I'd like to try to brighten your day with some jokes about those people of a certain age, like me.

Two old men in a retirement village were sitting in the reading room and one said to the other, "How do you really feel? I mean, you're 72 years old, how do you honestly feel?"

"Honestly, I feel like a newborn baby. I've got no hair, no teeth and I just wet myself."

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's hard not to notice the "For Sale" signs on former church buildings these days.

They're everywhere.

Churches of all denominations are on the auction block.

It's happening in Pennsylvania and across the country.

It's not necessarily a humorous topic, but one sale generated chuckles.

In Florida, the Full Deliverance Church of Jesus posted a sign that indicated: For Sale by Owner.

Local residents picked up on the wording, saying "Jesus is selling a church."

The sale of so many former church buildings makes me pause and reflect.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I came across an interesting story on a website called "Epoch Times"(www.theepochtimes.com) in a section devoted to "Beyond Science: Archaeology" with regard to an apocryphal precious metal called orichalcum.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Seventeen-year-old tackle Bruce Frassinelli strikes a pose during Summit Hill High's football season in 1956.

Football saved my life.

At a time when many parents are evaluating whether the health risks of playing football are worth the societal rewards, I reflect on the fateful decision I made 60 years ago to go out for football in my junior year of high school.

I have my band director, Tom Cadden, to thank for making this happen. I put enormous pressure on Cadden to rescind his rule that those who played in the high school band could not be part of the football team, too.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I am very protective of my happy disposition. I'm careful about the books I read and the movies I see. And while I am an avid newspaper reader, there are parts I avoid such as certain political columns that depress me by telling me about things out of my control.

I do read all the how-to- columns as well as all the financial columns because I like to keep learning. But one financial column I normally like had me silently screaming in frustration.

Someone wrote to columnist Malcolm Berko complaining that the government won't help him with his financial problems.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Monday: Wash Day.

Tuesday: Ironing Day.

Wednesday: Sewing Day.

Thursday: Shopping Day.

Friday: Cleaning Day.

Saturday: Baking Day.

Sunday: Day of Rest.

It wasn't so long ago that every woman knew this old saying.

There was some logic for wash day on Mondays.

The laundry was a heavy task for the housewife and it required the most strength and fortitude.