Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Saturday, September 27, 2014



So now there's a proposal before the Senate Education Committee that would allow school boards to authorize if staff may or may not carry guns on school grounds.

Those of you who have read my prior posts on the topic of guns will not be surprised to know that I am against such legislation being passed, though not because I believe the idea is impractical.

Saturday, September 20, 2014



Winter won't officially arrive for another three months, but some prognosticators have it all figured out.

From the superstitious goose-bone man to the heavily referenced Farmer's Almanac, all predictions are that this is going to be a terrible winter.

We're going to have lots of snow and bitter cold temperatures. It will be worse than last year.

You think heating bills were bad last year? You'll need a Brink's truck this year to take you to your fuel oil company to make payment. Or maybe just a sled and a team of dogs.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Earlier this summer I was given the chance to ride along with the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

The main purpose of the invitation was to witness firsthand the kind of waits the ambulance crew was experiencing when trying to cross the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton, which is undergoing a rehabilitation project, but the experience turned into so much more.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Irish statesman Edmund Burke is attributed to this quotation most likely due to the statement made in his writing "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents" in 1770. His actual writing that could be considered the basis for that apocryphal quotation is the following: "… when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's 4 p.m. on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon, and I'm sitting in the dentist's office, waiting to have a crown installed over a broken molar. I'm pretty relaxed this dental practice is known for its gentle manner and I'm soon drawn in to the real estate reality show on the flat screen television on the opposite wall.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I caught a television news brief recently about a wild dolphin which had been spotted ailing and swimming weakly in shallow coastal waters. The wild dolphin had been captured and taken to rehabilitate in a tank at Sea World.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
While the Tetons aren't used for skiing in the summer, waffles are served at the top. Random, but delicious.

I'll never forget the day my parents told me they were purchasing a cabin in Wyoming. What a waste, I thought. My stepdad had been flying there to hunt elk for years, but I had absolutely no interest in visiting myself. I was a senior in high school, so my mind was on more important things, like the dress I would wear to prom, or the fabulous time I'd soon be having at college. If I were to take a vacation, I'd go to a warm beach, where I could put my toes in the sand and let the crash of the waves lull me to sleep.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

This story is about dogs.

It is not about our four-legged, tailing-wagging puppy dogs. Nor is it about those plump, juicy hot dogs that taste so good on the grill at this time of the year. Nor is it about the dog-legged course in a golf game, and it is certainly not in reference to a description that a man might give about a woman after a few drinks at the bar.

These dogs I am referring to have to do with the sun.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When I began college in 2002, I had decided that I wanted to major in digital communications.

It was a growing field, and the blend of English communications and the digital world intrigued me.

At the time, my father, who is avidly against computers, said he didn't understand the draw because "computers are going to be the downfall of the world."

I laughed at him in that moment, but 12 years later, his statement is coming true.

In today's world, you can't walk down the street without seeing someone glued to their smartphone or tablet.

Saturday, July 19, 2014



It's a Sunday afternoon, and our old farmhouse is filled with the laughter and chatter of young people. The aroma of homemade lasagna wafts through the air as we set the table, arranging plates, cutlery and napkins for a dozen people around our big wooden table. We put trivets out, enough to protect the finish from the heat of four large pans of the bubbling hot mixture of noodles, creamy cheese, savory meat and tangy tomato sauce.

This is no ordinary Sunday dinner.