Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under My Hat

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The first person who figures out how to bottle individual initiative will make millions. Of course, it's impossible to do. But I always marvel at the inspiration of people who demonstrate initiative.

People with individual initiative are the ones with a burning passion to accomplish. They go places and do things.

They take an interest in something, anything, and they go on to excel. They're the Thomas Edisons of our day, the go-getters, the innovators. They're everyday people who do good.

Those thoughts went through my mind during the month of December.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The cold weather has arrived and another highwheel season ends.

The hobby of demonstrating 125-year-old bicycles takes my friends and me to about 30 events each year. Most are in Pennsylvania, along with a few in New York and New Jersey.

The biggest event once again was the annual Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade. They had over 100,000 spectators lining the streets and countless others watching on television.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

There is a cottage industry based on the premise that, on December 12, 2012, the world will end.

Some say an asteroid will hit Earth.

Others say there will be all kinds of natural disasters owing to some kind of odd celestial formation.

One website says: "The galactic alignment is the alignment of the December solstice sun as viewed from Earth with the galactic equator. The galactic equator is basically the Milky Way, as it's perceived in the sky. This is an alignment that is caused by the procession of the equinoxes, and it happens only once every 26,000 years."

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I was thrilled to talk recently with people associated with Lakewood Park.

Peg Guinan Grigalonis of Mahanoy City wrote a book about the place, an entertainment center started in 1916 by her family.

Peg told me about days long ago, as did Janet Guinan Cunningham and her husband George.

Lakewood was special to me because I visited there often.

Friday, October 23, 2009

For many of us, there comes a time to downsize.

The first step is to realize when the time is right. For many empty nesters, the time is right when the children are gone and the house feels empty. For some, the time is right when mobility becomes compromised by illness or aging.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I never understood Michael Jackson.

But neither did anybody else.

It's just one reason why we're seeing endless stories about him. It's not that we knew so much; it's that we understood little.

I enjoyed his music when he was young, especially in 1972 when he recorded 'Ben.' I liked the song and it didn't matter to me that Jackson was singing about a rat.

Today, everyone is at odds about Jackson and his life from the typical man on the street to our lawmakers.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

About 350 local residents are learning whether their recent blood test results show if they've acquired a mutation found among those who suffer from a rare blood disorder known as polycythemia vera.

A few folks told me last week that their results came in negative. A glimmer of hope.

PV is characterized by a thickening of the blood and related complications.