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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Forgive me if I forget which self-help guru said, "Success leaves clues," but many have spun similar sentiments in an attempt to enhance your life and their wealth. What would work just as well for your well-being but probably not their net worth is a saying stressing the opposite.

That's because failure leaves clues, too.

It's just that society would rather not be reminded about that.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Here we go again. Greedy rich men are fighting over money and the poor saps like us are the ones who suffer.

Because owners and players can't agree on how to share the billions of dollars made each year on pro football, the NFL faces an uncapped season in 2010 and a probable player lockout in 2011.

This week, I set out to do some research and learn why both of those scenarios are likely. The more I read, the more I realized that without a few years of law school I probably would not understand all of the complex issues.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Schuylkill League will take its midwinter break from dual meet competition to gather for its championship meet this weekend at Blue Mountain High School.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Invariably, it happens every school year. We read a newspaper editorial or a magazine article aloud together, and somewhere in the piece the word "and" is used to begin a sentence.

Immediately, hands rocket into the air. Some students coo, "Ooh, ooh!" like doves to get my attention. Others sit straighter and wave their entire arm side-to-side, like a soccer fan waving his country's flag at a World Cup game.

Friday, January 8, 2010

By EMMETT MCCALL

Yes, Pennsylvania, there is an All-State football team this year.

But it won't be what you're used too!

With calendars having already been turned to 2010, and no All-State team having been released yet by the Associated Press, the TIMES NEWS has been fielding inquiries about when and if it will run this year.

A check with the AP revealed that the team will be coming out shortly, but there will be a change this year.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
bob ford/times news filephoto David Lucykanish will be part of the Lehighton wrestling contingent at the Anthracite Duals on Saturday at Panther Valley.

Panther Valley got a taste of hosting its own Duals wrestling tournament last year, and the Panthers may have just started something.

Panther Valley High School will be hosting the Second Annual Anthracite Duals this Saturday, and the 10-team tourney should provide good competition for the grapplers in the field.

"Last year we had it scheduled in January, and it snowed, so we rescheduled it for February, on Valentine's Day," said Panther Valley Coach Tim Robb. "We lost a couple of teams because of that, but we also picked up some others."

Saturday, January 2, 2010

On Monday, I begin what you might see as a daunting task. I will begin teaching seventh graders how to do legitimate, academic research that for most will culminate in the writing of a small research paper that follows the Modern Language Association guidelines the same style required in virtually all upper-level high school classes and colleges.

What can make the process daunting is that a few weeks from now some students will produce papers that give little indication that they attended class.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year has come to pass. Where does the time go? As I get older it seems that the clock tends to tick a little faster, but I am sure all you 25+ year-old people out there already know that.

Yet while we prepare to welcome in 2010, it becomes time to look back and reflect on 2009.

Below are my five fondest memories of the last year.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

If you take a cruise and see an iceberg of awe-inspiring size, keep this in mind: only about one ninth of its total mass projects above the ocean water.

That's why an iceberg is often used to explain the untapped potential of the human mind. That hidden eight ninths, researchers say, is the percentage of the human mind that the typical person never utilizes.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

You've heard the saying before: Just because something is simple doesn't make it easy which is the case with last week's surefire way to manage body weight.

On paper, eating more protein and complex carbohydrates and less simple carbohydrates looks to be a simple substitution. But if you don't control all the ingredients in your foods by preparing your own meals even if you eat only the "best" pre-made foods and meals found in the health-food aisle of your local grocery store the task goes from a swap meet to a scavenger hunt.