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Saturday, December 29, 2012

We'll never know the reason why a near-genius 20-year-old would invade an elementary school with an assault rifle and slaughter 20 innocent children and several adults.

"He was smart," a friend said of killer Adam Lanza. "He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids."

Shockingly, the so-called smart kid began his spree by shooting his mother in the face several times. But we'll never really know why the disturbed young man of small-town Connecticut was so evil.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

While doing research on nutrition, I stumbled on a list of the six things you should never eat.

Naturally, I had to check it out.

Not surprisingly, the list contains things I usually enjoy. Maybe you do, too.

Here are the top six foods we're being told to never touch:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

'Tis the season. A time when polarizing behavior is driven by a wide range of priorities.

We're bombarded by images of people pushing in the doors of retail stores in a mad rush.

Malls become packed. Church attendance picks up, too, although people don't wildly push doors to get into church.

The shopping behavior speaks to a culture honed over decades. For ages, we've been targets of a marketing strategy that wants to convince us that Christmas comes from a store.

No wonder some children believe that Christmas honors the birth of Santa. Go figure.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I've taken the flu vaccine for the past several years.

But now I'm beginning to regret that I did.

There is growing concern among many sources that the yearly flu vaccine isn't such a good idea.

One source, NaturalNews.com, an independent resource that empowers individuals to make positive health changes, published a story outlining ten reasons why the flu shot is a bad idea.

NaturalNews says studies reveal a lack of evidence that children benefit from the shot.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I received some interesting feedback to my recent column about downsizing and thought it'd be nice to share.

"The downsizing is also due to the economy," wrote friend Megan in Summit Hill. "People just have money for the things they really need."

Megan is right. Since the Great Recession in 2008, money is tight for a lot of folks. For many, it's a good time to sell off those unwanted items and turn them into quick cash.

Apparently, many boomers are doing that, which is why the market has been flooded with antique furniture, causing the market to tank.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Boomers aren't booming. They're downsizing.

Pre-retirees and younger retirees are planning for their future years. And that trend is making for interesting market patterns.

MetLife did a survey and found that 11 percent of those aged 55 to 64 said they plan to buy a different house within the next three years. Many are looking for a smaller home.

Ranch houses of the 1950s are hot items as boomers develop arthritis and other symptoms of aging.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sometimes it's better when we're left in the dark.

Take the Hubble telescope, for example. The Hubble has been showing us galaxies for years. But the more we learn, the scarier it becomes.

Astronomers now say the Milky Way galaxy (translation: Earth) and the Andromeda galaxy are soaring toward each other at 250,000 mph and someday will crash head-on.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Another school year is about to start.

Parents are preparing, getting the kids ready. New haircuts, new shoes, maybe new outfits or uniforms.

It also marks the day my eyes were opened. And it happened recently.

It was just three years ago when fellow writer Karen Cimms and I embarked on a unique project. We explored the plight faced by families impacted by the autism disorder spectrum.

To begin, I didn't even know there was such a thing as an "autism spectrum" until my friend Holly explained it to me. Holly deals with it daily, and so do many other parents.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I had a discussion with friends recently about small town life in the1960s compared to today.

One said the green movement to save the earth makes the present day a more sensible time.

People are catching the recycling craze, a good trend in a number of ways.

It makes the younger generation feel as though they're making a difference, and, of course, it helps the planet, too.

But some of us have been doing it all along.

A friend sent me an email that discussed how we baby boomers grew up with naturally green principles.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two of the most revealing events in the Penn State child abuse scandal happened prior to the release of the all-telling Freeh Report, the summary of the independent investigation.

First, the family of late coach Joe Paterno requested to view the report in advance of public distribution, saying they didn't intend to alter the findings, but simply wanted advance notice of the facts.