Monday, December 22, 2014

Under My Hat

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.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colony collapse disorder continues to plague the bee population.

It means honey bees are disappearing in alarming numbers.

This is a big deal because, for one, bees play an important role in our food supply.

Some alarmists quote Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live."

This probably isn't true and Einstein never actually said it. But bees are very important.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Every time a shooting tragedy takes place, licensed gun owners take a hit.

It's a quirky public reaction, odd repercussions of a gun killing. Guns carry a stigma.

When a drunken driver careens onto the sidewalk and kills five pedestrians, we don't blame the car. We don't react by trying to limit cars.

Recently two deranged bombers at the Boston Marathon killed and maimed by using kitchen pressure cookers.

But there isn't a campaign underway to limit pressure cookers or make them illegal.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Not too long ago I had a chance to talk briefly with aspiring young writers from my hometown.

They're high school students who've resurrected a student publication.

They've created a magazine called "The Blue and White," named after a defunct school newspaper. I'm out of touch because I never realized that the school newspaper had folded. I was surprised to learn that it had been out of print for years. For quite some time, the school had no student publication, I was told.

This, to me, is hard to believe.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The newspaper that's delivered to your front door and the content appearing on the Internet are the result of teamwork as special as that of any sports team.

And it's easy to compare a newspaper staff to a sports team.

But I like to think of a newspaper operation as a giant, well-oiled machine.