Monday, September 22, 2014


Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have always found archaeology to be a fascinating branch of science. Archaeology is the study of past human activity through the recovery and study of artifacts from the past.

We have been able to learn quite a bit from the study of archaeological digs both about past civilizations as well as extinct plants and animals and the related conditions of our planet through its history.

From time to time exciting discoveries are unearthed and shared in the news, but many times the work of archaeologists are just mentioned in passing.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and sometimes it throws you 15 feet off a ladder and onto a pile of rocks.

After something like that happens, you really have no choice but to re-examine your priorities. You learn quickly what's really important, and what's maybe not quite as important as you might have thought.

A few weeks ago I got a phone call at work. My husband took a bad fall, and yes, landed on a pile of rocks, breaking five ribs, puncturing his lung and earning himself a lift to Bethlehem in a helicopter.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Father's Day is over but I am still thinking about the man my mother says she picked for me.

That seemed like a strange thing for her to say when she decided to marry the man who became my stepfather.

It was stranger still, considering I loved my own father as much as life itself. I thought he was the sun, the moon and the most fun of any father on the planet.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The belief in ghosts is one of the most controversial topics in modern culture. A recent survey by the Huffington Post in conjunction with YouGov indicated that 45 percent of Americans believe in the existence of ghosts, yet 59 percent of the public believe they have never seen a ghost.

I am one of the 45 percent who do believe in ghosts, and from researching the paranormal and collecting anecdotes and incidents in the past 20 years, I think sometimes people do see ghosts without even knowing it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I have mixed emotions about the current happenings at my alma mater, Panther Valley. Twenty-eight years have passed and the faces have changed, but the games appear to remain the same.

First let me point out that school board members are the only local officials who are totally volunteers. School board members serve many, many hours of work each week if they are sincerely serving with total commitment.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

OK. So how many of you have ever misplaced something and when you find it, you're in total amazement at where it was found?

Like putting the television's remote control in a kitchen drawer of hot pads and tea towels. Yes. My hand is raised.

Or, have you ever reached for the hair spray and instead gave your hair a good dose of air freshener? That happened to a friend of mine. Her hair lost its curl but smelled really good.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Last Sunday, (Father's Day) I found myself being a bit cranky and for some reason, not very interested in doing anything special for my husband.

As a father and stepfather to my children, he certainly deserved to enjoy his place of honor for the day; however, I really didn't feel like facilitating or participating in any Father's Day activities.

I knew it had nothing whatsoever to do with him.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


It's a warm, sunny Saturday morning, and I'm sitting on a wooden pew, about halfway back from the pulpit, in First Methodist Church, in the heart of Pottsville.

In the front row, a stocky man with a shock of thick white hair sits hunched, a handkerchief pressed to his eyes.

Attorney Joseph Jones, the patriarch of a venerable Schuylkill County family, a man whose calm, confident courtroom demeanor is the stuff of legend, buckles under the grief of the loss of his grandson, Capt. Jason Benjamin Jones.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I think it's a hoot to read the list of precautions of some medications. It makes you wonder why you would want to take that pill when the side effects are worse than the condition or ailment.

My friend Dora did a comedy routine at our Ladies Spring Fling and addressed that same issue: "Just once I'd like to read that one of the side effects of a medication could cause extreme sexiness."

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer has been the time of great blockbusters at least for the past 39 years. Before 1975, summer movies were a throwaway to the studios. No matter how hard they tried, movie attendance was always down in the summer, most likely due to Americans enjoying the outdoors. This momentum shifted in the summer of '75, when a movie about a man-eating shark hit the theater and attracted movie audiences at levels not seen before.