Thursday, November 27, 2014


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Joan Rivers, rest in peace. You did your job. You made America laugh.

I think I enjoyed Joan Rivers because she took many of life's truths and showed us the humor in them.

When she asked, "Can we talk?" you knew she was going to tell it like it was ... with wit and comedic wisecracks.

Joan: The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it.

Linda: I see joggers running up and down the sidewalk in front of my office every day. Nothing on their faces indicates they're having a good time.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Earlier this summer I was given the chance to ride along with the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

The main purpose of the invitation was to witness firsthand the kind of waits the ambulance crew was experiencing when trying to cross the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton, which is undergoing a rehabilitation project, but the experience turned into so much more.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


While engrossed in my work at the office the other day, I answered a rather frantic phone call from one of my kids.

"Where is my volleyball uniform shirt?" the panicked voice bellowed on the other end.

My daughter was waiting to be picked up by a teammate to go to an away game in Bangor, and of course, at the most possible last minute, proceeded to gather all of the necessary elements of her uniform so that she could play.

"I told you last night to get your uniform together," I chided.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There has been no shortage of magic on television since August. On CW we have "Masters of Illusion" and "Penn and Teller: Fool Us," the History Channel has had some magic-related specials including the miniseries "Houdini," which I mentioned last week.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I had a chance to visit the hills of home and catch a glimpse of the family homestead.

The hills aren't far away. Yet it seems I rarely get the opportunity to see them.

But a few weeks ago, my hobby afforded me that chance. I was asked to ride my antique highwheel in Slatington's sesquicentennial parade. It was fun and led to a day of memories.

Slatington is just across the river from Palmerton and family roots.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Are you a nosy neighbor?

Do you enjoy peering out of your curtain to see what's going on up and down your street?

Are Big Brother, the CIA and NSA jealous of your uncanny ability to know everyone's business?

Or, do you suffer from insomnia and long for something productive to do while everyone else in your household is sleeping?

Have you grown weary and perhaps even broke from watching too many late-night infomercials and feel the need to redirect your energy to something more exciting and less expensive?

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Grammy wore an apron, gray hair neatly permed.

When I sat on her lap,

I never squirmed.

She made the best, softest sugar cookies,

Days spent with her were treasured goodies.

Pappy taught me how to pick a fishworm,

I watched him tie flies with knots so firm.

If his baseball team lost, oh what a fuss!

It was through him I learned how to cuss.

Mammy's apron wiped many a scratch and tear,

She rocked me and tickled me, kept me near.

No request I made was too large or small,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's never too late to turn your life around

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing a 77-year-old man who proves that it's never too late to turn your life around.

I want to share his story with you because I think others might benefit from his experience.

Leroy admits he was always shy, too shy to talk around strangers and too fearful of trying anything new.

But that was OK, he says, because he was married to the world's greatest woman. "We were married 46 years, and I can honestly say she grew more loving with every passing year," he said.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Irish statesman Edmund Burke is attributed to this quotation most likely due to the statement made in his writing "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents" in 1770. His actual writing that could be considered the basis for that apocryphal quotation is the following: "… when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The resurgence of magic continued this week with the Houdini miniseries that ran on the History Channel this past Monday and Tuesday evenings. This version of Houdini's life stars Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody as the master showman and arguably the most famous magician in the modern era of magic.

Houdini is one of the few stars who is recognized solely by his stage surname and probably most closely associated with the art of magic, even though his most prolific claims to fame were more escapes and dangerous stunts as well as his relentless attacks on spiritualism.