Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Saturday, March 16, 2013



Tomorrow's menu corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes. Maybe a Guinness or two to wash it down. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

A small-town school district in Jordan, Minn. has come up with a unique idea following the Sandy Hook slayings.

They have set up satellite police offices in their schools, from which officers will work out of. Sounds like a great idea. When classes are in session, there will always be a police presence in the school building.

Saturday, March 9, 2013



I never met Regina Brett. But I would have liked to. She seems like my kind of lady.

Regina is 90-years-old, and at that age was still cranking out a column for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.

One particular column became the most requested piece she has ever written. She called it her 42 lessons life taught me.

Please read it, to the end, and see if you don't agree.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Some days it's just better to not be too serious and go out and have some fun.

Here's some thoughts that should put a smile on your face. Enjoy. They were donated by an avid reader. I don't want to give you the impression that I'm that talented.

Here goes:

Is it good if a vacuum cleaner really sucks?

If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We all strive for inner peace, that sea of tranquility that allows us to function at a level where stress is at a minimum. We all search for this level, but few of us can conquer it.

Hw do you know if you have inner peace?

Well, if you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be erful, ignoring aches and painds,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I wasn't engaged in the newspaper business back in 1955. I came along several years later.

But, had I been working then, here's a Thoughts column I might have written.

Here's how many of us were thinking back then.

Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging seven cents just to mail a letter?

If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon?

Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

(Bob Urban, who usually writes this column, is out buying his wife a Valentine. Substituting for him is Bruce Frassinelli, a 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School, who lives in Schnecksville and is an adjunct instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College.)



My 17-year-old granddaughter e-mailed me the other day, saying that her English teacher assigned her and her classmates a project: Contact your grandparents and ask them about significant technological changes in their lives since they were children.

Saturday, February 2, 2013



I'm still not positive who wrote the lyrics to "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas", which was outlined in last week's column. But the consensus seems to be it was the late George Matrician, the former band director at Coaldale High School.

That sounds logical, as Matrician wrote the words to a number of songs, including the Coaldale Fight Song.

Several readers responded to the article, including John Poko, the former Coaldale Post Master who called me Saturday morning and put in his vote for Matrician.

Saturday, January 26, 2013



Some thoughts to warm you on a frigid winter's day.

JP Morgan Chase recently cut the pay of CEO Jamie Dimon by more than half, to $11.5 million from $23 million. Does this make him eligible for food stamps? Poor guy's going to really have to bite the bullet surviving on only $11.5 million a year.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The first time I ever took my wife out on a date was almost 50 years ago. The movie was the James Bond classic "Goldfinger", starring Sean Connery. We viewed the movie at the Majestic Theater on Broad Street in Tamaqua, and later went for a late-night bite to eat at the Palma Maria restaurant, also on Broad Street.

Fifty years later there's no more Majestic Theater (It's now a seniors living place). There's no more Palma Maria in Tamaqua (too bad, because the place really had good food), but there's still James Bond movies. So I guess one out of three is the best we can hope for.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

(Editor's Note: Bob Urban is busy trying to figure out where to store the Christmas decorations he took down this week. Pinch hitting again today is Bruce Frassinelli, noted journalist and Summit Hill native. Bruce is a 1957 graduate of the former Summit Hill High School. He lives in Schnecksville and is an adjunct instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College)



As I have officially joined the ranks of the "elderly," I admit to a certain fixation on and fascination with the hereafter.