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Saturday, December 1, 2012

It is amazing how fast time speeds by as a relentless wave pausing for no one. Just 11 short months ago I remembered hauling the large canvas bag down to the basement and shoving it on top of the other boxes of Christmas decorations. It did not seem that long ago and yet today, there I was tugging at this bag to pull it off its perch and return once more to the living room with it in tow. As I pulled it off the boxes, it occurred to me this large bag was heavier than I remembered.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Today is Saturday, November 24, 2012 and according to our friendly neighborhood Mayans the countdown to the end of the world has reached inside the final month. In 28 days, the zero hour will be at hand and we will find out who has been correct this whole time, the doomsayers or the rest of us who believe that on Saturday, December 22, 2012 we will wake up to the same old, same old and the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction will end up on the rubbish pile of other famous doomsday predictions.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It was an incredible sight last week to walk into the Summit Hill Community Center to see almost 50 people working at sorting and packing all kinds of items ranging from clothing to food to toys and books. Their destination was a small community in New Jersey called Sea Bright that was utterly decimated by Hurricane Sandy. It was amazing the volunteer effort that grew from a single posting on Facebook into a county wide relief effort all organized and led by my friend and colleague, Kevin Steber.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I read an interesting book recently entitled "The Six Unsolved Ciphers", and it came to mind when I saw a news story recently in which a carrier pigeon skeleton was found with a ciphered message attached to it. The pigeon's remains were found in a chimney and when the owner began to remove them from his 400-year-old house, he discovered a red capsule. Inside the capsule was a coded message and attached to its leg was an aluminum band. He took the information to Bletchley Park, England's cryptography center during World War II and is now a museum.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Well the world may not come to an end on December 21, 2012, but this week sure has been a crazy one. As you may realize this column is usually written a few days before the paper goes to bed for Saturday morning so I am actually writing this on Monday while we have power. With some good luck, we hopefully did not lose power here in Summit Hill, but my thoughts and prayers are out tonight with the first responders and the linemen who are doing their best to keep our properties whole. It is an amazing, historic storm and we are currently in the midst of it as I write this column.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It was September of 1983 and for the 11th time in my life, school was starting again.

Most of my classes were the typical ones. There was trigonometry, U.S. History, physics among them and then there was English Literature. We sat at our desks and in came Mr. John Harkins with what I soon learned was his standard "Toot-toot" or "Whoop-yay." Shortly, we had these thick English Literature books in our hands and we were about to begin learning the history of the literature of the land from which America was sired.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I learned about doing makeup using two things, a makeup kit I bought when I was on vacation to my aunt and uncle's house one summer and a book on monster makeups I purchased that described how to do professional level makeups with mostly household effects.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Today most of us buy costumes for Halloween for ourselves and our children off the store shelf or via mail order without giving it much thought.

I think it is a general change in our direction as a society from self-reliance to convenience in a way or maybe it is a sign of the times that we put more value in the type of costume we wear. There are those who still make their own costumes but for the most part I think that may be few and far between.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's once again the start of one of my favorite months of the year, October. October over the years has had a lot of meaning for me. I closed on my house in October several years ago. I became engaged to my wife Katie on Halloween and we were married nine years ago on October first. Our daughter was born on the fifteenth of the month. Last but not least, most of the jobs I have ever been offered were in October.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

On September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the worst attack on American soil that eventually prompted a swift response by the United States government, terrorists emboldened by the lackadaisical, minimalist approach of our government toward the threats to our security attacked and murdered the Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff including two former Navy SEALs.