Has this ever happened to you? You’re dead tired after an especially busy day and are looking forward to dropping into bed and drifting into a deep and restful sleep, but find yourself still tossing around hours later. It’s like you can’t shut your mind down as you keep going over things you…

Johnstown wasn’t the only Pennsylvania city to have been devastated because of the failure of a poorly constructed dam. Even though 2,209 lives were lost in Johnstown, the tragedy did not result in any laws concerning dam failures being passed. In 1911, twenty-two years after the Johnstown f…

We recently read Al Roker’s book, “Ruthless Tide” in one of my book clubs, and it was all about the Johnstown flood of May 31, 1889. I was surprised to learn that this was not just a horrific natural disaster, but was actually caused by the irresponsible actions of a group of 50 wealthy busi…

It seems like I’ve been fighting a war singlehandedly for weeks now. It all started when I moved my seldom used toaster and discovered that a busy convention of tiny ants was in full swing. No doubt the crumbs they found could have sustained them for a long time, but I swung into action imme…

Granddaughter Violet recently turned 3 years old, as impossible as that seems to me! What a difference a year makes! She has grown four inches taller and four pounds heavier, she will talk the leg off of anyone willing to listen, and she goes way too fast on her scooter, as I found out last …

It is true that our lives can change drastically in the blink of an eye. I experienced that just recently when I attempted to stop 3-year-old Violet from crashing her scooter when she came down a ramp way too fast, in spite of my frantic yelling, “Put the brakes on!” I reached my hands out t…

According to people who study such things, our shopping habits have changed drastically over the last several years. There is much more online shopping being done, leaving many malls and storefronts empty. I was in Altoona recently and noticed that the Sears store there has closed too, as ha…

It will soon be a year since I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and started sleeping with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask on my face at night. To say I had a hard time getting used to it is putting it mildly! After the first three totally sleepless nights, I packed up the ent…

When the New Year rolled around several weeks ago, I did something I usually don’t bother to do anymore: I actually made a New Year’s Resolution. One that hasn’t already been abandoned. I resolved that I was going to pay off my house and have a mortgage burning party before the end of this y…

I recently attended one of the most beautiful funeral services I have ever had the honor to attend. It was for my brother-in-law Romey Secco, and it was a fitting send-off for a person who brought so much joy to countless people through the gift of his singing and guitar playing. He was a se…