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Saturday, January 5, 2013

I hope everyone has had a very Happy New Year with friends and family. Welcome to 2013, and all the hopes and joys it has to bring to you. As part of the celebration we typically watch the ABC New Year's Rockin' Eve program and this year it was bittersweet as we watched the retrospective tribute to Dick Clark who became the icon of the celebration over the past several years. I remember when I was a child my parents and grandparents would observe New Year's Eve by watching Guy Lombardo . It will be interesting to see if Ryan Seacrest becomes the new Mr. New Year's Eve.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Another year has come and gone and as 2012 leaves and 2013 enters at least as I write this we face the fiscal cliff. With regard to this topic and what astounds me is how many people don't seem to get it. This is not a matter of whether tax rates should be changed and on which class of citizens or should I say which wage earners should be hit for the bill. This is a matter of 538 out of control senators and representatives who are hooked on spending other people's money. Yet people are not mad enough at them yet. Instead they choose to fight with each other.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

If you are reading this over a cup of coffee or with a bowl of cereal in front of you, may I be one of the first to wish you a very Happy Mayan New Year as another doomsday has come and gone. Hopefully the world hasn't lost its collective mind in the 72 hours since I wrote this. Of course there is always the chance this page of the newspaper has been found several hundred years from now buried deep in the earth where Carbon County used to be and some archaeologist is reading this.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

In light of the looming crisis this country faces because of an arrogant President who wants nothing more than to set the working class of this country at the throats of the rich by claiming they do not pay enough taxes while demanding a unilateral ability to bypass Congress and raise the debt ceiling which basically spits in the faces of the author's of the United States Constitution, I thought it would be fitting to provide a refresher course on some common principles that have been brought forth in the past and even up until recently.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

In light of the looming crisis this country faces because of an arrogant President who wants nothing more than to set the working class of this country at the throats of the rich by claiming they do not pay enough taxes while demanding a unilateral ability to bypass Congress and raise the debt ceiling which basically spits in the faces of the author's of the United States Constitution, I thought it would be fitting to provide a refresher course on some common principles that have been brought forth in the past and even up until recently.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sometimes medical miracles happen in the most amazing ways. Imagine having a drink and later finding yourself blind. In the case of one New Zealand man that was exactly what happened. According to a news report on Fox News earlier this week, Denis Duthie mixed his diabetes medication with vodka and his sight abruptly disappeared. He said the blindness was sudden and he tried to sleep it off but to no avail. His sight was gone, so he went to the hospital and explained to the staff what he did.

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.