Saturday, July 12, 2014


Saturday, April 5, 2014

For the longest time, I was a cellphone holdout, especially in the early days. I just did not see the point of carrying around a phone. After all, when we are in a car driving, why in the world would we want to be distracted by phone calls. And yet today, people talk to each other via cellphone, hopefully using hands-free Bluetooth devices, daily while driving, walking or doing some other task. I had a Bluetooth device for a while, but I just could not get used to the earpiece, and today I could not tell you where it is.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Did you know there was an important anniversary on March 4? It was an important anniversary, especially for the 300 million Americans in this country, because without the anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution, none of us would probably be living free in this wonderful country. It pains me to listen to those who have been bamboozled into believing this document is "dated" and no longer relevant to our nation.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Last week a friend of mine asked me to do some publicity for a show the historical society is putting on. All I had to do was interview the couple doing the show. I was told the couple would be presenting a musical production.

Interviewing them proved to be harder than I thought. When we first scheduled the interview, they had to cancel because the husband ended up in the hospital. When we rescheduled, I got there and no one was home. The husband had another medical problem, and his wife had to rush him to the emergency room.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"You want me to what?" I asked my wife, Katie, one afternoon. "Spit in this tube and we can find out where you come from," she answered.

About a year or so ago, my wife ordered a DNA test through a program offered by, and when she received the results I found it completely fascinating.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


On a quiet country road, a horror story was played out last week in Kunkletown.

Gary Flyte, 54, walked over to his neighbor's house, shot and killed Jeffrey Place and his 30-year-old son, Steven Powell.

No one knows why.

But a sad story is woven from bits and pieces from his family and neighbors.

Unfortunately, it's a story that is being told more and more of drugs and guns.

The picture painted of Flyte is one of longtime mental issues, paranoia, alcoholism and drug use.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


It's 9:30 on a chill Friday morning, and I'm in our library, trying to coax two cats into carriers for their first trip to the veterinarian.

It's not going well.

The cats, Sandy, a sweet, shy, orange-and-white male, and Sheba, a plump girl with a thick, soft black coat, have been with us for about a year. Although we have four other cats, we reluctantly agreed to take in Sandy and Sheba after their human was forced to give them up when she lost her home.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Her name is Karen and she is a certified nursing assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation center.

No matter what situation she encounters or what nasty task she is called upon to do, she maintains her upbeat, cheerful personality.

I'll tell you right now, I think a competent, cheerful CNA is one of our unsung heroes.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

When life gives you pasta ...

Some days, things get to be pretty busy at the office.

I find myself getting a little bit frustrated when my already long "to do" list is taken over by nonstop phone calls, walk-ins and an unrelenting barrage of e-mails.

Wednesday was one of those days and it was so busy that I never got to take my lunch break, which I was going to utilize to pick up my prescription from Wal-Mart.

Even with working through lunch, I ended up having to stay later than usual to finish up some additional tasks before calling it a day.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today, People, let's talk pigs.

I don't like them. When I hear someone say, "Oh, that pig is so cute," I want to barf and say, "In a pig's eye!"

They just, well, they look creepy to me. That whole nose/snout thing they got going on kind of freaks me out.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The calendar says spring is here. It's time to leave behind the winter of my discontent.

And what a long one it's been.

This is the first time I've seen winter span five months. It began in November with bitter cold air and lasted until now.

Homes sustained roof damage from ice buildup. Some homeowners complained of interior water damage. On top of that, home heating costs have skyrocketed.

Plus, there were more icy roads and chain-reaction traffic accidents this winter than any time in recent memory.