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Saturday, March 30, 2013

I bought my first computer in 1986 when I was studying computer science at Bloomsburg University. It was an Epson Equity II and at the time it was a mid-range desktop meaning its processor was not the worst but not the best either. It's hard to believe that was 27 years ago and that the desktop revolution is almost as old as my adulthood which is a thought for another column. Suffice it to say, I along with my peers learned a great deal in those early days.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Usually I write about really weird stories that happen in far off exotic places, but I never dreamed when of the best ones in recent memory occurred right next door in good old Lansford. Usually people joke about the air being thin on top of the mountain in Summit Hill, but it seems the most outrageous behavior lately has been in the valley from Tamaqua to Lansford.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

If you have been watching the History Channel the past few weeks, there is a series currently running on Sunday evenings called "The Vikings". It is a fictional account of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who believes there is much to plunder to the west of his tribe's homeland, but is at odds with the chieftan for his group. He is currently building a boat to make the voyage he thinks will lead him to the rich lands he has heard of in legend.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The year is 1720 and a ship of Irish immigrants departed from Ireland in search of a new life in the New World. They left Londonderry, Ireland for their destination for New Hampshire. The ship "Wolf" carried these immigrants across the Atlantic but fate would intervene. As the "Wolf" neared the coast of New England, it was attacked and boarded by Spanish pirates led by a captain named Don Pedro.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

There was an interesting article that caught my attention this week while surfing the web regarding what I thought was a novel way to solve a problem. The issue is the reptile known as the brown tree snake. This snake is native to eastern and northern Australia and in its normal habitat is part of a food chain that helps control it and keeps the snake population in check. Two predators for this creature are the cane toad and the red bellied black snake.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What happened to honor among thieves I ask you? Just last week when one thought that things could not get any worse in Coaldale with their inability to keep full-time police on duty, now we discover that one of their elected officials is a felon who in the past sold methamphetamines to state police officers and pleaded guilty in court several years ago. The conviction in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania at least prevents one from holding public office permanently according to the Constitution.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

In a stunning turn of events for most of the world this week, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28th, 2013 due to the lack of "strength" to continue with his responsibilities as pontiff. I did some reading and found that other pontiffs in the history of the Catholic Church resigned as well, but not all of them were voluntary. From what I can find three other pontiffs have voluntarily given up the top post in the Roman Catholic Church.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Off the coast of Nova Scotia, there lies an island that has a history of mystery and treasure. Oak Island is the site of one of the most famous and longest lived treasure hunts in history. At the center of this historical enigma is a hole called the Mystery Pit or the Money Pit. To date, six people have lost their lives exploring and trying to unravel the mystery of this pit which has been excavated to a depth of over 190 feet with no end in sight.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I came across a fascinating article the other day regarding reputedly one of the oldest portraits of a woman known to exist being placed on display in the British Museum called Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind. According to the United Kingdom website, The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jan/24/ice-age-art-british-museum) the portrait sculpture is 26,000 years old and depicts the face of a woman in an ivory tusk. It was discovered in Europe in a valley in what today is Moravia and is an artifact from the last Ice Age.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I remember my last three years of high school receiving a reading list from which we chose fictional works for the purpose of studying and writing book reports as a means to take our learning from beyond those textbooks we would read. I'm sure most of us have been tasked with the job of writing at least one book report in our careers and many of us had written several before school was completed. I know with Mr. Harkins we had to read at least four or five books in his class, one for each marking period practically.