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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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By SHERI RYAN

tneditor@tnonline.com

This past week I read the Facebook post of a former co-worker which described her excitement as she prepared to take her American citizenship test.

Originally from England, my friend Rita has very strong feelings toward the country she has called home for 20 years.

I found her excitement toward America and the prospect of becoming a U.S. citizen to be very refreshing in light of the many unpleasant social, economic and governmental issues that have caused many of us to question the status and integrity of our nation.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Winter won't officially arrive for another three months, but some prognosticators have it all figured out.

From the superstitious goose-bone man to the heavily referenced Farmer's Almanac, all predictions are that this is going to be a terrible winter.

We're going to have lots of snow and bitter cold temperatures. It will be worse than last year.

You think heating bills were bad last year? You'll need a Brink's truck this year to take you to your fuel oil company to make payment. Or maybe just a sled and a team of dogs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Technology is a wonderful thing. Cellphones have so many wonderful gadgets and devices contained in that small piece of technology that allow them to scan documents, translate texts, detect magnetic fields, use a compass, track inventory, instantly receive messages and pages as well as make phone calls.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A woman's perspective changes with age.

That was reinforced for me, once again, as members of one club sat at the beach and caught up on each other's lives.

One woman admitted she was feeling "more than a bit lost" because her last child just left the nest. For the first time in decades, it was just her and her husband, and she said she is unable to adjust to the change.

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

By SHERI RYAN

tneditor@tnonline.com

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.