Friday, May 26, 2017


Saturday, June 27, 2015

As I pulled into my parking space after being at work on Monday, all I wanted to do was take a nap in front of the air conditioner.

I had not really slept all that well over the weekend and my body cried out for some solid sleep time.

After getting out of my car, I was informed by a family member of one of my neighbors that the power was out and wouldn't be back on until 5:30.

Considering that it was 4:50, I didn't think anything of it and went upstairs to claim my nap regardless.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It takes a lot of courage to say the obvious.

"Guilty of first-degree murder with a sentence of life in prison without parole."

The decision of a Lehigh County jury on Tuesday summed up the feelings of many observers over the past 16 months.

The jury made their decision without having the benefit of knowing Anthony Heath's background.

He admitted to a history of alcohol and drugs. But things got worse.

In 2012, he was arrested for repeatedly biting his 1-year-old son.

But that offense was minor compared to Heath's actions on Jan. 31, 2014.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


And just like that, one day it was time for them to go.

I dangled my fingers into the nest to make sure, and for a couple days I kept a lookout for the straggler I'd put back into the nest a couple times. But none of them returned.

The previous winter, I'd said many times, "I can't wait until it's warm enough and I can sit on the porch in the morning and drink coffee." Then winter lingered and mornings were still too cool, although I tried the morning coffee on the porch a couple times wearing a jacket and hat.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

We are bombarded by so many events in our lives that it is a wonder we are able to function. Because of all this continual stimulation that is magnified by the frenetic pace of today's society, one wonders how we cope with this never-ending stream of information.

What's worse is we do not appreciate what we have in front of us sometimes until it is gone. For me June seems to be the one month of the year that traditionally has been a month of transition and in some cases loss.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


One afternoon while my husband and I were kayaking together on the bay, I was following him through shallow channels that were dotted with mangroves.

When anyone is following David, it's essential to keep an eye on him as well and to keep up with him. If not, he'll be in the next time zone while you're sitting there saying, "Who was that masked man and where did he go?"

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Harry has many titles. He is my Hunter Man, my Fisher Man, my Honey Man … and now he has a new title.

He doesn't like to sit idle for too long. It's just not in his nature. So if he has spare time, he'll still find something to do.

Case in point: We spend Sundays at my mom's. He usually finds chores to do for my mom. Once in a great while he'll find himself choreless. Such was the case a few weeks ago. Roaming over the property, he noticed several carpenter bees and the damage they were doing to Mom's shed.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Anybody suffering from allergies knows 2015 is the worst year for symptoms since maybe 2006.

Sneezing, headache, runny nose, postnasal drip, inflamed sinuses and itchy eyes.

Experts said all along the prolonged winter would come back to haunt us with high allergy levels in spring and summer. That's for sure.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says allergies can affect just about everyone.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Decades ago when I started writing this newspaper column, publisher Fred Masenheimer made the decision to run the column in the form of a letter to a friend.

We started the column each week with the salutation: Dear friend.

I liked it because that's the way I prefer to write as if I were writing a letter to a close friend.

Over the years the format got changed several times and the friendly salutation was dropped. But I still write it as if I were writing to a friend.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


It's a perfect Friday afternoon, and my beloved and I are sitting in rocking chairs on our front porch, taking a break from mowing, mulching and weeding.

As we sip water and chat, what we at first think is a small dog comes bounding through the shrubs from the fields and meadow to our right.

As the animal leaps into the space between the bridal wreath bush and the coal shed, we see that it is a fawn, its multitude of white spots standing out against its tawny coat.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sometimes it is interesting how two random events could intersect with each other at just the right moment to make one think, even if it's just a few minutes.

I will begin with a question: What does the Garden of Eden and a research paper from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology have in common? The answer is a serpent's fate.

For those not versed in the Bible, specifically the book of Genesis, the first few chapters are descriptions of the creation story.