Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Saturday, March 21, 2015

It's a cool, bright March Monday, and I'm giving our library an early spring cleaning.

I pull a dusty old book off a shelf, intending to run a lemon-oil scented rag over its cover and page edges before putting it back onto a cleaned bookcase.

But I succumb to temptation and sink into a comfy chair, book in hand. It's one I read to my daughters when they were small.

It takes a few pages of reading to adjust my 2015 brain to 1905 language.

Language has always been fluid and dynamic. What meant one thing in 1950 means something entirely different now.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

There is a video making the rounds on the Internet in the past week or so regarding a so-called haunted house.

It is about 90 seconds long and depicts a single camera point of view of poltergeist activity in a haunted house. The narrator sounds like a woman who is on the phone with someone describing what is happening. She claims there are noises through the house and the dogs are crazy.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I watched as young kids tossed something into the street.

I couldn't see what it was because they were walking a half block ahead of me. But I was certain I saw them throw something with disrespect.

When I'd reached the intersection, I looked down and scanned the area. I spotted it right away. Pennies. They had tossed a fistful of pennies into the gutter, as if the coins were worthless. It's happening more and more. I'm sure you've noticed it. Pennies are everywhere. Kids are discarding copper cents, and that's why the rest of us are finding so many "lost" pennies.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One of my most favorite writing assignments was when I wrote the cooking column, "Country Cupboard" for the weekly Pocono Post. Each week it featured a local person who liked to cook, or bake, and willing to share their story along with a few of their favorite recipes for the readers.

Besides meeting some really great people, many of them cooked their favorite dishes for me. Talk about perks of the job! Many of those recipes then became favorites of my own family.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I remember the first time I used a computer.

I was quite intimidated by the thing and thought for sure I would break it.

The woman who was instructing me on its use assured me that there was no way, aside from hitting it with a hammer, that I could break this wonderful and mysterious piece of office equipment.

I don't remember much of what I was taught that first day, except for one thing she said decades ago: "Garbage in, garbage out" or GIGO.

GIGO is an acronym used in computer science that means that bad input will result in bad output.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Last Sunday, we performed the annual switch of our clocks back to daylight saving time.

That requires us to sacrifice an hour of well-needed slumber in order to move our clocks ahead one hour so that we can gain an extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon and evening and start moving toward those long lazy hazy days of summer.

I often wondered growing up why we do this. The apparent side effects are that the hour of light we enjoyed in the morning now disappears temporarily into the pre-dawn darkness in order to "move it" to the end of the day.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

They say you can never have too much of a good thing.

One of the hardest things children, and some adults, learn is restraint when it comes to sweets.

I finally learned that one in my 30s when I ate too many jelly beans. Yes, the only thing the late President Ronald Reagan and I have in common is our love of jelly beans.

Move over Peeps, I need to get to the jelly beans.

My favorite is lemon. I love purple too. Green is my least favorite, but I won't turn them down.

I always buy the spiced ones and it doesn't matter what brand they are.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I don't like when I read articles that tell us all the negative things that affect us as we get older.

I'm a positive person and I insist on staying that way, thank you very much.

But one day last week just about did me in. It's hard to stay positive when nature and circumstances conspire against you.

For weeks, my daughters and I have looked forward to my trip to New Jersey where I will be my granddaughter's Confirmation sponsor.

In addition to that big event, my daughters and I planned to spend a day at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I have noticed that there are certain things that people just don't talk about; things that are perfectly natural and perfectly human; and perfectly taboo for some reason.

One of those topics is, umm, bathroom habits.

Now, I know this subject may be a little uncomfortable for some of you, so I will try to ease you into it by addressing some non-taboo but relevant bathroom dilemmas.

First, there is the ongoing debate over the toilet paper roll being hung in either an over or under fashion.

Some people can become quite distressed if it is not hung correctly.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Remembering Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock

One of my favoritememories growing up was late Saturday night television on PBS, which for several years aired triple episodes of "Star Trek."

While it was aired on channel 17 here and there and at one time used to be filler leading up to prime time on some local networks, it was the three-show mini-marathons on PBS that really hooked me on "Star Trek" and led me to journey with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on that five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. …"