Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Where We Live

Saturday, July 12, 2014

First came the decision to proceed with a proposal for a new elementary center.

Then came the approval to move forward with the sports stadium.

As a result, Lehighton Area School District finds itself caught in the cross hairs of the public's perception.

On one side are those who support the projects wholeheartedly.

And on the other are those who are against one or both concepts.

Even the board of school directors have found themselves at odds from a philosophical standpoint.

Saturday, July 5, 2014



I don't know Brandi Barbera, but I worry about her. I wonder what kind of a life she will live. Does she even have a chance of being a success? Theoretically, I guess, she does. I sure hope so.

Brandi is 10 years old. On Tuesday, she went missing from a foster home in Summit Hill, where she had been a resident for about three weeks.

Rescue workers searching for her were told that she was mentally challenged. Her foster father said she was combative.

Saturday, June 28, 2014



Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and sometimes it throws you 15 feet off a ladder and onto a pile of rocks.

After something like that happens, you really have no choice but to re-examine your priorities. You learn quickly what's really important, and what's maybe not quite as important as you might have thought.

A few weeks ago I got a phone call at work. My husband took a bad fall, and yes, landed on a pile of rocks, breaking five ribs, puncturing his lung and earning himself a lift to Bethlehem in a helicopter.

Saturday, June 21, 2014



I have mixed emotions about the current happenings at my alma mater, Panther Valley. Twenty-eight years have passed and the faces have changed, but the games appear to remain the same.

First let me point out that school board members are the only local officials who are totally volunteers. School board members serve many, many hours of work each week if they are sincerely serving with total commitment.

Saturday, June 14, 2014



It's a warm, sunny Saturday morning, and I'm sitting on a wooden pew, about halfway back from the pulpit, in First Methodist Church, in the heart of Pottsville.

In the front row, a stocky man with a shock of thick white hair sits hunched, a handkerchief pressed to his eyes.

Attorney Joseph Jones, the patriarch of a venerable Schuylkill County family, a man whose calm, confident courtroom demeanor is the stuff of legend, buckles under the grief of the loss of his grandson, Capt. Jason Benjamin Jones.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This is a story told to me at a campfire …

Like his father and grandfather before him, the farmer continued to work the land. He was alone now. He didn't need to work the land, it was just that he'd done it all his life.

None of his children or their children had wanted to follow in the footsteps of the previous generations, and that saddened him. Every Saturday night, when a week's good, hard work was done, the farmer liked to sit on his porch to watch the sunset.

Saturday, May 31, 2014



We all have priorities in life, but sometimes we need a smack in the head to get them straight.

On the Monday following Easter, I checked my Facebook page to find that a dear woman from our church had a heart attack and died.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I have never written to the national column Dear Abby but a friend of mine sent me the following and thought it was pretty funny.

It is submissions to the column that Dear Abby was at a loss to answer. Thought you would enjoy reading them.

Dear Abby,

What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR?

Dear Abby,

I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his.

Dear Abby,

I am a 23-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

One ringy dingy…two ringy dingy. Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?

These lines were made famous by Lily Tomlin when she starred on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in 1970.

Her character was named Ernestine. She portrayed a nosy, condescending telephone operator who sported a 1940s hairstyle complete with a hair net.

Saturday, May 10, 2014



O say can you see by the dawn's early light.

Ever since growing up on military bases up and down the East Coast these words have had a certain effect on me.

I can still remember evenings as a child of 4 or 5 years old playing with my friends in the playground of Fort Fisher Air Force base in North Carolina and hearing the bugle blare letting us know that the "Lowering of the Colors" was about to begin and the "Star Spangled Banner" would be playing. We would all stop, face the flag and be quiet.