Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Saturday, March 30, 2013
James F. Drane

The surprise resignation of one Pope, followed by an ancient system for selection of his successor has filled strongly secular news channels with streams of religious images and religious discourse. The resignation and election events in Rome actually provided members of today's society with an opportunity to take a look into history, and to see how people used to dress and how things used to be done. All the religious news coverage however amounted to a missed opportunity unless some background is provided for understanding all the historical buildings and vestments and practices.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Kindness. Gentleness. Getting along with others. Opening doors for others. Letting others go before you. Where have all the good manners gone?

Good manners are certainly being left by the wayside in society.

By not teaching your child to have manners you are giving your child a handicap. When a child knows how to be polite, well mannered and friendly, giving others a turn and sharing that child will have an edge over children who scream, slap, whine and complain and are generally unkind to other children. Which child would you want for a friend?

Saturday, March 16, 2013



Early retirement.

For many, those words are nothing more than a pipe dream.

That's especially true nowadays, with health insurance premiums on the rise, and a job market mired in steep decline.

Yet, when the opportunity for Linda to call it quits came calling, we were all ears.

And a bundle of nerves.

A member of the workforce since the age of 16, it was her job as a unit clerk in the original Behavioral Health Unit at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton where Linda began to hit her stride.

Saturday, March 9, 2013



Saturday, March 2, 2013

What dedicated parents the late Anthony and Immaculata Giannangeli of Lansford were.

They spent the last decades of their life desperately trying to find their son; a mission they never accomplished.

The son, United States Air Force Lt. Col. Anthony Giannangeli, became missing in the Quang Tri Province of South Vietnam on the afternoon of April 2, 1972. It was during a four-year bombing halt by President Lyndon Johnson in a bid for a peaceful resolution to the long war that Giannangeli went missing.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I'm sitting at a meeting of a board of elected officials, watching as one of them struggles mightily to make a decision that will tip the balance in favor, or against, an important proposal.

The official thinks, and thinks hard, for several uncomfortable minutes, before casting a vote. This official is one who truly cares about the town's best interests; one who has no personal agenda driving voting decisions.

"Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation," theologian James Freeman Clarke once said.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

For some of you who may not know, Bob and I are expecting our first child this April.

As we prepare the house, I sit down and think about all the things I want to make sure we teach our son as he begins his journey.

A letter to our son:

I love you dearly even though we have not met yet,

But your dad and I look forward to getting to finally meet you.

We will love you as best we can

and to the best of our ability.

We will make sure you are cared for,

But we cannot promise there won't be bumps along the way.

Saturday, February 9, 2013



What do Drako, Gandolf, and Magnus all have in common?

For those of you who watch the weather channel these are the names of snowstorms that have swept across the United States so far in this 2012-2013 winter season.

The reasoning behind the naming of a storm is that is raises awareness, is easier to follow and makes it simpler to remember and to be referred to in the future.

No one can argue that it is better to be pre-warned when nasty weather is due to arrive.

Saturday, February 2, 2013



We received a lot of positive comments on a column last year with jokes about people who are of "that age." So with the help of a high school friend, here are some more.

Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things.

During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Community values die as data age grows



The data age, despite its many benefits to society, has become an increasingly greater distraction towards the needs and growth of populace communities - and organizations that foster to them.