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Saturday, June 18, 2011

At one time I was old. But not anymore.

It might be true I went to school in the days B. C. - before computers. But that's okay. I'm a product of typewriters, mimeograph and whiteout - not the kind of whiteout that takes place in the bleachers at a football game.

If you're my age or older, you know what whiteout is. If you're a kid, ask your parents. But be assured that whiteout has nothing to do with cocaine and you don't snort it. You won't find it in a meth lab either.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The annual Pennsylvania Press Conference can be a humbling experience.

The event draws hundreds of writers, editors and publishers who come from Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Johnstown, Altoona and all points in between. The conference provides a great opportunity to compare notes and network with others in the field. It's always an opportunity to learn.

This year's event took place two weeks ago in State College.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

When I think of Memorial Day, I remember an incident from years ago.

It happened when I was a youngster watching a Memorial Day parade. I never missed a parade because I grew up on the main street of town and all of the parades passed by my house.

On this day, the marching units, honorees, and bands passed by with usual fanfare.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

There's an interesting theory bandied about. Maybe you already know it.

It's a school of thought that says people fall into one of two categories - either artists or scientists.

They say scientists are left-brained dominant folks; artists are right-brained dominant. Think about it. Are you an artist? Or a scientist?

If I were to choose, I'd definitely align myself with artists because art is something I enjoy and find comforting. There's something warm and familiar about art.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

There's much banter lately regarding a popular Italian restaurant chain and the integrity of its so-called Italian food. People and experts are discussing whether the fare is real Italian, fake Italian or maybe even non-Italian.

You know the place. You've probably eaten there. Let's just call it Oliver's Garden.

Some are saying Oliver's Garden doesn't serve anything at all like Italian food. Instead, they say, it's a fast-food restaurant best described as an Italian Denny's.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A recent, unexpected loss still weighs heavily for many of us.

We'll never totally heal. We'll always deal with emotions over losing someone vital and special.

That's how it goes. Loss doesn't necessarily become easier, whether it's a co-worker or family member. When we lose someone we care about, we lose part of ourselves, and we spend the rest of our lives dealing with it. I'm not sure how we continue, but that's what we need to do each time it happens.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

We've just had one of the coldest winters in recent memory.

Some folks say the bitter cold weather patterns disprove Al Gore's global warming idea. Many now say that global warming is a myth, or worse yet, total fraud. Others say it's more a matter of knowing the difference between weather and climate.

But that argument doesn't sway critics who say Gore's pitch on global warming duped the government, the public, and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I never had luck with fad diets. Maybe I have no willpower. But diets don't seem to work over the long haul, anyway.

Still, I was impressed when Jason Alexander went on television and said he lost 30 pounds on a commercial diet plan.

You probably remember him as the TV actor playing George Costanza on the Seinfeld sitcom.

Alexander was a pudgy guy who reportedly weighed 195 pounds before going on the Jenny Craig diet. It's one of those diet plans where they send food to your door.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

An eye doctor appointment can be full of surprises, both good and bad.

I noticed I was having trouble reading fine print and especially the classifieds.

I was afraid I had cataracts and so I scheduled an appointment.

After all, if there is anything as important as taking care of your heart, it's taking care of your eyes.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Somewhere at the Philadelphia Naval Yards and in the highest state government office, millions of dollars are being haggled in private negotiations.

But it's not the Department of Defense working on contracts for some sort of Stealth fighter jet.

Instead, it's the Pennsylvania governor's office trying for a potential bail out of donuts and lemon pies.