Monday, September 25, 2017

Where We Live

Saturday, June 13, 2015


It's a perfect Friday afternoon, and my beloved and I are sitting in rocking chairs on our front porch, taking a break from mowing, mulching and weeding.

As we sip water and chat, what we at first think is a small dog comes bounding through the shrubs from the fields and meadow to our right.

As the animal leaps into the space between the bridal wreath bush and the coal shed, we see that it is a fawn, its multitude of white spots standing out against its tawny coat.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


They say death and taxes are the only certain things in life, but if you live in a rural area you can add hitting a deer on the road to your list.

Every year the insurance company State Farm conducts a survey about the likelihood of hitting those creatures.

The latest: U.S. drivers are nearly 3 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year.

West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely, with the odds of hitting a deer at 1 in 39.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I have received some favorable responses to jokes I print in this space. With the help of friends, here is some British humor.

These are classified ads which actually were placed in U.K. newspapers.

Free puppies. 1/2 cocker spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog.

Free puppies. Mother is a kennel club registered German shepherd. Father is a super dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

Cows, calves: Never bred. Also, one gay bull for sale.

Joining nudist colony! Must sell washer and dryer.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

If you are a grandparent today, you probably have learned that texting is a great way to communicate with your grandchildren.

Back in the olden days (or "dinosaur age" as I tease my grandkids), if I wanted to speak with my grandparents I would have to actually go over to their house and visit them, call them on the phone, or send them a note on the back of a carrier pigeon.

When I got my first cellphone, the saleswoman explained how it worked. She showed me how to use the keyboard to text.

I thought to myself, "I'll never use that feature."

Saturday, May 16, 2015


It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and I'm standing in a fire company social hall amid a swirl of exuberant family, friends and friends-I-haven't-yet-met.

Within the hour, the crowd will be sitting quietly, the only sounds that of the occasional sniffle as someone wipes away a tear of bittersweet joy.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


It's been a busy week so when it came time to write my Where We Live, I didn't have much to say, much energy to figure out a topic and I really didn't know what to write about.

But after a little Internet searching, I decided to honor all the mothers out there who will be celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday with a poem I found on the Web. The author is unknown, but it's a fitting tribute to the women who have given their all to teach their children right from wrong, how to love and how to be responsible.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I never really gave it too much thought, but when I look back on it now it seems like I do have a sense of good timing.

The popular saying is "right place, right time" for someone who is lucky.

For me, it's more like "wrong place, right time."

The most recent example of this came a few weeks ago during a trip to New York.

Last Saturday, Miriam and I would be having our daughter Sophia's second birthday party and we had some family coming in from the outside the area.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


An expansion of its junior high school, complete with its own cafeteria and kitchen, a multipurpose turf field, and air-conditioned classrooms.

Those are essentially the crown jewels of a conceptual rendering that's been pitched to the Palmerton Area School District as part of a potential $21 million districtwide renovation project.

While no decision has been reached, such a scenario is one the district has to consider for a variety of reasons.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Every now and then we get a chance to be involved in something so much bigger than we are.

That happened this weekend when I had a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the American Cancer Society telethon.

I asked co-worker George Taylor if I could drop by and answer phones or something. I was going to put in a few hours, meet a few people, hear a story or two and go on with my weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Panther Valley School Board member Irene Genther is tired of all the negativity about the school district's mediocre state rankings.

She knows that there are a lot of success stories in the school district, so she has begun compiling a list of Panther Valley graduates who make the dean's lists of various universities.