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Saturday, March 31, 2012

According to the U.S. Census, there were 308.7 million people living in the United States in 2010.

Wouldn't it be great if every one of those people both donated their time and money to your church or non-profit organization?

Of course it would. But get real. That isn't going to happen anytime soon.

All churches and non-profit organizations are being affected in one way or another by both economic climate and government cutbacks. In addition, many other factors affect community involvement, such as employment, inflation and rises in both fuel and utility costs.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sacrifice. As a child, I hated that concept.

If I wanted something, my parents would encourage me to sacrifice and save for it, or encourage me to understand why I couldn't have it, even though everyone else had it.

If I needed something, they would sacrifice so I could have the ugly but expensive, supportive saddle shoes I hated but needed to wear, and not the pretty Mary Janes the other girls were wearing.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lauren looked like she was having so much fun going through the boxes of old photos, recently. Like most any husband, it makes me happy when I see my wife smile.

She was looking at pictures of her late parents, pictures of herself and her siblings when they were young, other family photos, vacation pictures. There were literally hundreds of pictures she was going through.

Every now and then we get out some of the boxes of pictures that are stored here and there. It's neat to relive those happy memories.

I have a serious concern, though.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It's close to midnight when the distant rumble of heavy equipment pulls me from a deep sleep. The throaty growl of the bulldozer comes closer, nudging me closer to the surface of wakefulness.

Did I fall asleep in a construction site? A fine-toothed pitchfork scratches its tines on my arm as the dozer clanks closer. Suddenly, it develops engine trouble. It sputters, snorts and sneezes.

Sneezes?

Groggy, I reach out to steady myself and feel soft, silky fur. The roar of the bulldozer settles into a loud ... purr.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I love cooking and baking. I learned that from my dad.

On the weekend, you'll usually find me in my kitchen attempting a new recipe for me and my husband Bob, that I found while searching the website, Pinterest, or settling in with an old family favorite like dad's ham and bean soup, haddock au gratin, or pulled pork barbecue.

Over the years though, I've come to realize recipes are meant to be broken.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

By MARY TOBIA

tneditor@tnonline.com

I am a people watcher.

For me it is relaxing, very entertaining and a great way to pass time if I am in an airport, a bus station or the malls.

I like to just sit back with a cup of coffee and let my imagination run wild.

The people I see can be rich or poor, can be kings and queens, movie stars or just regular folk, in my mind.

I love to look at the styles of the younger generation.

I like looking at mothers and fathers with children and let my mind wonder back to those days when that was my husband and I.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Community pride wins over fear

For all of us, the past few weeks have been a little unnerving following the rash of armed robberies that have hit Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Yes, the idea of witnessing or being a victim of an armed robbery (or any crime) is definitely something to be scared of.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

We've all seen the "brown marmorated stink bug" in our homes and gardens in the last few years.

According to the Penn State website, this insect was not previously seen on our continent. It was apparently accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania.

The stink bug was first collected in September of 1998 in Allentown, but probably arrived several years earlier. It is probable that they are in all counties and has found its way throughout most of the United States.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Move over, bath salts.

The dangerous narcotic that had been all the rage has since been replaced by the newest designer drug to hit the market.

That would be in the form of jewelry cleaner.

Yes, you heard that right. Jewelry cleaner.

Also known as 'Cosmic Blast', the potentially deadly cocaine-like powder is hidden in packages called "jewelry cleaner".

If swallowed or breathed in, the drug contains poisonous ingredients such as ammonia, detergent, and soap, according to the web site, www.drugs.com.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

On Thursday my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Sixty years is a really long time.

My parents were an odd pairing to begin with.

My mother is from a large Italian family, growing up with her mother and father, both Italian immigrants, her two brothers and four sisters, in the small city of Bayonne, N.J. She had seven additional brothers and sisters, but sadly, all of them died as infants or toddlers.