Thursday, November 27, 2014

Under My Hat

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Alone in the world, Jean Stevens did the unthinkable.

She decided to live with her dead loved ones.

The 91-year-old Wyalusing woman was found to have in her house and garage the embalmed, mummified bodies of her late husband and her twin sister.

The discovery last week sent shock waves across the country, partly because of the circumstances: Jean Stevens is perfectly normal. She does not have dementia.

"She has all of her mental faculties," say social workers.

Pennsylvania State Police say both bodies had been there for quite some time.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Here are some thoughts on best and worst fathers in acknowledgment of Father's Day.

Keep in mind there's no universal list and no consensus. No two people would reach agreement on this topic. So take the following with a grain of salt.

Top father

If the top father is the guy with the most kids, then the father of all time is Mulai Ismail (1646-1727), the last Sharifian Emperor of Morocco. By 1703 he had at least 342 daughters and 525 sons and by 1721 was reputed to have 700 male descendants.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Do you remember when television was described as a vast wasteland?

It happened during a speech delivered to the National Association of Broadcasters. The criticism was leveled by an attorney named Newton Minow. At the time, he was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Minow felt that TV was not living up to its potential to serve the public interest.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A small-town, daily newspaper is special because readers feel a personal connection.

That was a prevailing sentiment I noticed among writers and editors attending an Associated Press annual meeting in Harrisburg last week. But newspapers are facing challenges.

Many said younger readers are less inclined to read a daily paper. Some said newspapers need to meld their print version with an online edition in order to stay vital in today's electronic age. Others said online newspapers need to be more like blogs.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

If the gift of life has meaning, it has something to do with a mother's love.

Mothers offer unconditional love. A mother loves her child regardless of the child's foibles and imperfections. It's a form of love that is absolute, and that love is returned in kind. You will never love anyone as much as you love your mother.

It's also timeless, and eternal, or so we want to believe. All of that is part of the realm of faith.

One thing is certain, a mother always sees her child as her "baby."

Mommy's little boy is forever mommy's little boy.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Some say advanced technology is hurting, not helping, the communications process.

People no longer know how to write letters, they say. In fact, people no longer know how to take a pen in hand and write anything at all.

What do you think? Is cursive writing becoming obsolete? Is letter writing outdated?

"It's too much trouble for people today," said Kathryn Davies. At age 75, she spent 60 years writing letters to her friend Iris Masling of Louisiana.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Tom Hartz Sr.

In so many ways, firefighters put the needs of others first. That's the way Tom Hartz, Sr., lived.

The former chief of Citizens Fire Company in Tamaqua passed away recently and unexpectedly after a lifetime of devotion.

By age 70, he had given over 50 years of service to the fire department and his fellow man.

Hartz embodied all that is good about firemen and his contributions to the community are beyond measure.

That's because firemen do much more than fight fires.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You probably own a cell phone and, if so, you probably have a contract.

And if you're like most people, you're probably paying way too much.

With services such as unlimited calling, text messaging, plus taxes and other add-ons, a monthly cell phone bill can run from $80 to well over $100.

People are overpaying to talk on a cell phone. Many believe the high price is a rip-off. Worse yet, early contract termination penalties can run up to a few hundred dollars. Cell phone service shouldn't be so costly and that's one reason why Wal-Mart jumped into the cell business.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I recently watched the televised broadcast of the State of the Union address.

It reminded me of The Muppet Show, where those two old men sit in the balcony and offer comments to each other throughout the production.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

If you think the world has changed in a short amount of time, you'll feel that way even more after eavesdropping on this conversation. It was sent to me by friend Aletha in Vermont.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandpa about current events.

The grandson asked his grandpa what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

Grandpa replied, "Well, let me think a minute. I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.