“Leave it better than you found it.” As a young person moving out of my first apartment, this saying resonated with me, because of course, I wanted my deposit money back. Older now, it resonates again, not because I want money; rather I want good character, for it is priceless. Hopefully, I’m leaving The Westmoreland News better than I found it. Thirteen months ago I … Continue reading Leave it better
Only I could choose a totally different career path that is going extinct. The death of the newspaper industry has been well-documented and to my surprise, even has its own Wikipedia page. Which is why ninety percent of you don’t even read a newspaper, only what is posted online. That’s fine. Local papers, however, need you. Well. . . not really. They need advertisers. Yes, … Continue reading Newspapers are not dead. . .at least not in small towns
I detest swimsuit shopping. Even when I had lost 30 pounds, I still did not enjoy it. And, today, when those 30 pounds are back with a vengeance, it is even more loathsome. Walking in to my local big box store I expected to find an array of suits to choose from because I had this kooky idea that the first day of summer … Continue reading Swimsuits, self-esteem and simple advice
If I am courageous, but not capable If I am daring, but not durable If I am fearless, but not forceful If I am brave, but not strong Then what good am I? Continue reading Poem: Courageous, but not capable
NEWSFLASH : The breakdown of society is not due to the rising divorce rate or the banning of prayer from schools. I have discovered it is due to the invention of air conditioning. Let me explain. Our A/C is out. Again. A little over ten years ago we bought a wonderfully-lived-in house. It was equipped with several old features: original wooden floors, vintage glass door … Continue reading Breakdown of society: A/C to blame
“Fiddlesticks,” and “Shit-fire.” These were a couple of common phrases I remember my great-grandmother, who I called Grandma Scanlon, repeating often. Some readers may recall she was the first to label me a ragamuffin that I wrote about here. Memory is a complex neurological topic, yet simple enough that we all experience them. Errors in memory are equally complex and scientists spend their careers researching … Continue reading Memories: What date was that?
“How exciting!” “That is so cool!” “I bet that is fun!” This is how most strangers and some friends react when they learn that I am a reporter. I was a teacher for years and no one EVER had that reaction when I told them what I did for a living. Initially, I was swept away by the romanticism of the job, even … Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week
Put the key in the ignition. Turn the key and the engine roars, or purrs, to life. I’ve been driving for almost four decades and have started different vehicles thousands of times. Sometimes they don’t start and that usually means a trip to the repair shop. But our Ford Escape has a glitch with its ignition switch that we haven’t gotten around to fixing yet. … Continue reading How do you get it started?
This December I did something very different regarding gift giving. I saw something on TV about a wealthy businessman who gives out $100 bills to total strangers. You can watch it here. I have seen a similar story aired before and maybe it’s the same man, maybe not, but I have always thought I’d love to be able to do that. “Every year people tell … Continue reading I’d love to do that, but. . .
Last week I shared how my car’s oil light kept annoyingly beeping, warning me of impending danger and I asked for your thoughts. As expected, many were surprised that I was still driving the car. “They don’t call them idiot lights for nothing,” one friend wrote. Point taken. As I wrote that post, I was actually thinking of the holiday season. Weird, huh? Maybe not. … Continue reading Cars, warning lights and Christmas . . . Part 2