Wednesday, October 1, 2014
     

Under My Hat

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sometimes we see things we wish we could un-see.

Several days ago, somebody broke into a Tamaqua church and ransacked it.

A church volunteer showed me the damage and it was substantial. Copper pipes ripped from walls and ceilings. Cabinets and closets torn open. Food pantry freezers emptied of meats and perishables. Walls, doors and appliances muddied by dirty, soulless hands.

The first thought that occurred to me is that people fall into one of two categories: those who build things up, and those who tear things down.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Our emotions are raw after the area was rocked by a high profile suicide last week.

The act was very public and dramatic. It generated questions and confusion.

Sometimes suicide takes that form. Regardless of circumstances, it shocks our senses.

Many of us recall when embattled state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer shot himself on live television on Jan. 22, 1987.

Sometimes suicide is like that, but other times it's private and quiet. It can come without warning.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

For the first time in a few years I took the opportunity to visit the millionaire's playground.

It's the annual fall meet at Hershey that attracts well heeled car collectors from all over the world.

I also visited another one at Carlisle a week earlier. That one was impressive, too. But there's nothing like the one at Chocolate Town, and the real fun is to attend as a spectator. Unless money is no object.

The Hershey car show is a must-do for the top two percent who buy and trade rare automobiles as if they're Tonka toys.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A friend and I had an interesting discussion not long ago.

We came to the conclusion that, if you're a baby boomer, it's not your fault if you occasionally find yourself demonstrating a screwed up sense of values.

We were the original children of television and were influenced by outrageous role models.

Boomers were spoon-fed some very extraordinary concepts. In a sense, the TV shows of our day were bizarre.

We watched American family units who were far removed from reality, but presented as normal.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I think one of the most confounding aspects of a proper diet is trying to figure out what to drink.

They say we shouldn't drink soda because it's too sugary.

And we shouldn't drink diet soda because the artificial sweeteners are said to be harmful. The chemicals in artificial sweeteners supposedly turn into formaldehyde in our bodies. And critics claim sweeteners make us crave carbs and sugar.

We can try drinking fruit juices, which are full of vitamins. But juices are full of sugar, too.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

When it comes to aging, baby boomers are putting up a good fight.

The tidal wave of people born between 1946 and 1964 is a group that tries to stay young.

"Years ago, when people turned 40, they're were considered old and they started dressing in old people's clothes," said my mother many years ago.

Our great grandparents were considered old at age 40, and they looked the part.

At that age, women often started wearing black dresses with lace-edge collars, as seen in old family portraits.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

What is it that makes nearly 100 people turn out to celebrate friendships that existed 40 to 50 years ago?

What makes someone fly 1,600 miles to see familiar faces from childhood?

Whatever it is, we need to bottle that stuff and sell it, because the world needs more of it.

Two weeks ago I was given the rare chance to spend a day with my high school classmates. I hadn't seen many since a previous reunion 10 years ago. And there were others I hadn't seen in 40 years.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

She might be the biggest crusader for truth and justice since Clark Kent.

Kathleen Kane is the Clarks Summit mother of two elected attorney general in January on the promise of facing down "the boys in Harrisburg."

And she apparently means what she says.

The former Lackawanna County district attorney stormed into Dauphin County firing on all cylinders.

One of her first investigations is focusing on the top man - Governor Tom Corbett - and his handling, or mishandling, of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

When the daily news gets to be too heavy, I enjoy a light-hearted diversion.

With the George Zimmerman trial and other heavy topics lately, the news has been disheartening. And so it's time to pause for a laugh or two.

I saw something on the Internet and it made me smile. Oddly, it was a death notice. It was very short, but the idea was clever, and so I took the liberty to develop the item more fully in order to maximize the fun.

After all, it's not every day we can smile about an obituary. But this one is special.

Death announced

Saturday, July 13, 2013

My Independence Day holiday wasn't too pleasant.

I lost a lifelong friend.

He apparently was troubled by something and depression got the best of him.

He no longer lived locally and we hadn't spoken in a long time.

But, according to his family, he was having good days and bad days like all of us.

However, his bad days were much worse than anybody knew.

Eventually, he did the unthinkable.

I'm sick over the loss. It was unnecessary. I wish I could've done something to prevent it.