Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Saturday, April 27, 2013



It's a chilly, overcast Monday afternoon, and I've watered the tomato, pepper, impatiens, and pansey seedlings that are springing up in their paper cups on a folding table next to a south-facing window in the guest room of our old farmhouse.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My friend and newspaper columnist Linda Koehler wrote a column months ago where she mentioned a book called: "Estate Planning for People Who Aren't Going to Die."

To my way of thinking, that must mean just about everybody. Planning for our own death is something we avoid. Some act as if making estate plans means hastening death.

Too many of us avoid anything that smacks of our own demise. A favorite couple of mine had a running battle for years where he kept trying to get her to at least select cemetery lots and make burial plans.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

By Karen Cimms


Last spring a pair of orange kitties showed up in our yard. I had seen them before, but they always kept their distance.

When they came around this time, it was near the house or on our deck.

Saturday, April 13, 2013



I recently read in a popular magazine that a trend is developing among younger woman. They are rediscovering their homemaker genes and learning to sew, cook, can and garden. Along with this "let's get back to basics" revival comes the rekindling of the kitchen apron.

Growing up in the late 50s and early 60s some of my best memories are of my grandmother, my mom and my aunts in their aprons.

Aprons back then were functional and basic.

Saturday, April 6, 2013



Readers have enjoyed my Irish jokes and column of jokes on being "of that age". Today I have a little quiz about the 1960s music and artists. Don't cheap, do the quiz then check the answers at the end.

1. When did ''Little Suzie'' finally wake up?

(a) The movie's over, it's 2 o'clock (b) The movie's over, it's 3 o'clock (c) The movie's over, it's 4 o'clock.

2. ''Rock Around The Clock'' was used in what movie?

(a) Rebel Without A Cause (b) Blackboard Jungle (c) The Wild Ones 3.

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.