Monday, August 31, 2015

Under My Hat

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.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's food paranoia is getting worse. He's flipping out.

At this point, he wants New York City to outlaw any sugary soda over 16 ounces. This would be the first such law in the country. He says it'll help the obesity problem.

So if you visit the Big Apple you'd be denied a large soda. You still can order a 40-oz. beer. You also can order a 40-oz. fruit juice or a milkshake the size of Godzilla. Bloomberg thinks those drinks have no calories. It's only Coke and Pepsi that make us fat.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

"I'm sick of hearing about this Sandusky thing," said a man at the supermarket.

Nobody can blame him. It's been plastered in the news since last year. But don't expect it to go away with a guilty verdict. This case has only just begun. There will be civil suits brought against Penn State, Dottie Sandusky and others.

More criminal charges likely will come, too. And books will be written.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

He was a country boy, a description that, for many, might conjure up preconceived notions.

But don't ever stereotype country folk because you'd probably be wrong.

Dad was quite a character. He knew how to ride horseback but also played the violin. For country folk, it's a fiddle.

He was a wiz at math and had exceptional penmanship. Interestingly, he was neither left-handed nor right-handed, but completely ambidextrous.

Dad had blond hair, and so do I, but otherwise the apple fell far from the tree.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Charles Darwin went to his grave without knowing the answer to a puzzling question. It was so troubling to him that he called it the 'abominable mystery.'

What Darwin wanted to understand is this: Why did flowering plants appear 140 million years ago with such an abrupt start and amazing diversification?

The fossil record just didn't have clues. The question has stumped scientists for years. But many now feel it's being answered in our lifetime.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Rev. Sean Harris has made himself the most reviled pastor in the country.

The Fayetteville, N. C., man took to the pulpit at Berean Baptist Church on Sunday, April 29, and wildly ordered his flock to punch and assault children and break their bones.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Family members are calling it an "act of profound love."

Others less understanding might use words like murder and suicide. But those with compassion and empathy know better.

Charles Snelling, 81, had been married to Adrienne for 61 years. True love for the Upper Macungie Township couple.

But when Adrienne developed Alzheimer's, dementia took over and Charles had a hard time watching it happen.

The family says Charles struggled to manage the effects of the illness, which some call "the long good-bye."

Saturday, April 21, 2012

There is a new warning for those people overly concerned with eating healthy.

You could end up developing orthorexia.

It's an illness that begins with an extreme obsession with healthy eating and then turns into obsession.

At its worst, the illness causes orthorexics to cut out entire classes of food, such as carbs or fats.

It can lead to malnutrition, say medical experts.