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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Due to the wonders of technology, we live in a society that loves to take photographs, and takes plenty of them.

We are the most photographed generation ever.

Whether it is cellphone "selfies" or images captured on a tablet, a point and shoot or a DSLR, everyone has become a "photographer."

People have acquired hundreds, if not thousands of images and store them on their phones, computers or even in "the cloud" and enjoy the ease of sharing those images with their friends and even the world through the various forms of socialmedia.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

From the very first moment you behold the precious miracle that is your newborn child, there's a chain that instantly connects from your heart to that child.

You marvel in their beauty and perfection and you wonder how something so magnificent could have come from inside you.

The love you feel for that tiny life is so strong that it makes you weep with joy and pride.

As they grow, they become the thread that holds you together and the reason you get up in the morning (and multiple times throughout the night.)

When they smile, you beam.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This past Monday we observed Presidents Day, which is a federal holiday and observed as a state holiday in Pennsylvania as well, but the actual holiday means different things depending upon which state you live in.

I do not want to get ahead of myself, so let us begin by discussing where Presidents Day began and how we went from two presidents and two birthdays to one date that is not even close to either one.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to cover an event that sent me back to my past.

The assignment was in Lansford, in the home of Chester Trojan.

I climbed the stairs up to his residence with a camera crew from TV-13, as well as the Carbon County Commissioners.

The commissioners were there to present Chester with an emergency kit, one of 320 that will be distributed to area seniors through the Options Program of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in the coming weeks.

The climb brought back memories of a time when I was just a little girl.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I had asked if anyone had any retirement advice or observations to send them to me. I heard from Kathryn Kroboth. She said, "One thing you have to remember is, if you want to do something, do it. If you don't want to do it, don't. Go out and enjoy yourself with, or without, the other half. (Sometimes it's better without.)" She added a smiley face with that last part.

Sandy Borger said that it's very important to have a "Date Night." She and her husband, Gene, have "Date Night" every Friday night, without fail. She swears it's what keeps them "young and in love."

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirlcomcast.net

A while back Robert Fulghum wrote a little essay that packed a big wallop round the world. He called it, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten."

Some of what he wrote:

"All I really know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school."

These are a few of the things he says he learned in kindergarten that are still words to live by:

Share everything.

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.