Imagine standing in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Immediately in front of you are six or seven different varieties ranging from dyed sugar crispies to whole bran fiber flakes, and that’s just the beginning: the assortment of bowl ballast expands in both directions to the ends of the…
You know, we would all like to look forward to a brand new year with optimism and confidence. For 2019, however, that might be easier said than done. There are just too many things going on, most of which can be traced to the Left.
There are any number of germs making area people sick right now, some of them pretty awful. Call somebody on the phone and there’s a good chance you will be greeted with a croak or a honk.
By now, the Christmas gifts have been put away and the tree has been packed up or thrown out. It might not be a bad time to think about taking down those outdoor lights, too. Our snowless condition won’t last forever.
When we’re at our “summer home,” i.e. camp with outhouse and additional charms near Clarion, we read The L-V because ... what else do you need? During the winter though, we’re outside of Pittsburgh and it’s a different story. We’re forced to downgrade and subscribe to the local daily paper.
It’s Monday morning and I have to complete a column for The L-V by noon. That’s all well and good, but I don’t have any ideas for a complete column. It’s just a warning for you, dear reader, that this is just going to be some random thoughts from the past week.
Well, it’s hard to believe that we are into yet another year, but we are. They certainly seem to go by quickly. It’s been 19 years since the big Y2K scare. Nothing can stop the passage of time, and that’s that.
I was recently sitting in a meeting during which someone disdainfully threw out a comment in regard to “this whole ‘know your farmer’ thing.” The utterance stuck in my mind, but not because I was offended. Obviously I am quite engaged with the continued proliferation of local food, and heari…
With the holidays now in the rearview mirror, some of us may not be feeling our best. Stomach complaints, headaches, coughs and colds abound. The more health-conscious may have pulled a muscle while trying out a new gift of athletic gear.
Any hopes for a last minute gift for local access to medical marijuana from Santa were dashed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health when it recently announced the 23 new dispensaries that would receive permits.
Once upon a time, Christmastime was widely recognized as a time of peace, during which differences were temporarily set aside. Throughout history, warring nations would often cease hostilities for Christmas, resuming them after the holiday. Even politicians used to do that. Not anymore, at l…
Our brains are stealthily lazy. Acquiring new skills is difficult, so our grey matter gets creative trying to justify any routine in order to save energy and avoid learning. Just think about everything we continue doing poorly simply to avoid rocking the boat.
You’d never believe it from listening to the news media, pundits and a few sure losers, but Donald Trump did pretty good in the mid-term election. So why is it being reported as such a disaster for the President? Could it be that the media is inaccurately reporting the election result in an …
My brother is nearing the end of his outdoor Christmas-light decorating extravaganza for 2018. The rumor of his causing a brown-out in town is an urban legend, though. He’s been steadily swapping out all the bulbs with LEDs.
It doesn’t seem possible that Sears is disappearing from the American landscape. While it is still in business at the end of 2018, it may not be around much longer. It is a sad ending for the originator of the Wish Book.
I smiled as I reached for a light switch this morning. I hope that it will be a long time before I take electric light for granted again. As with any major event, the recent extended power outage had its obvious “yin” downsides and had the more positive “yang” we sometimes have to look to find.
Leverage is defined as “using something to maximum advantage.” When the concept is applied properly, it often yields results that are greater than the effort put forth. The term is common in financial lexicons and, when a pry bar is in use, the physical realm. Much to my intrigue, people can…
Recently, while cruising the Internet, I came across an article about hunting with old military rifles. Since most of my big game hunting is done with old warhorses, it caught my attention right away. For me, there is just something fascinating about giving new life to these old guns. To get…
It has been two weeks since our area was hit by ice and heavy wet snow. Many residents were shivering and sitting in the dark for nearly a week. Along with the misery, there were stories of everyday heroism and neighborliness.
We recently got back from a two-week trip to London to visit our daughter and her family. She has been teaching music over there for eight years and has our only three grandchildren, including a granddaughter just born about a month ago.
The genies of decade’s old sex smears and intimidation and violence as political weapons have been left out of the bottle and they’re not likely to get put back in any time soon. While “Progressives” and Democrats are primarily responsible, Establishment Republicans bear part of the blame as well.
I was trying very hard not to write about the weather, but Ma Nature gave us an interesting surprise late last week. We received the legendary “mixed precipitation” last Thursday, a treat lasting into Friday morning. We are not amused.
Well, election 2018 is finally over. Or is it? As has become customary in recent years, the Democrats would take umbrage with that statement. If they win, the election is over. If they lose, it’s only beginning. Especially since the Presidential election of 2000, Democrats have been trying t…
A couple months ago, I wrote about Plummer’s drugstore located in the Hepler building along Broad Street in New Bethlehem, a storefront now occupied by Vern Hilyer’s Rest Assured. It was a favorite teen hangout, but if conditions were too crowded or you just wanted to avoid the same people y…
Give a farmer a day off from farming, and he’ll drive to the nearest farm show to immerse himself in some farming education. When the farmer’s at home, he reads off the top of a teetering stack of farm magazines beside his favorite chair. The family television is permanently linked to RFDTV …
Red Bank Creek is the reason behind New Bethlehem’s existence, but without the intervention of people it would have remained just another pretty stream feeding the Allegheny River. Area kids owe a lot to the mad hydraulic engineers of yore.
As this is the last column before Thanksgiving, I am going to beg the reader’s indulgence for an old guy, as I’m going to wax nostalgic. My main focus will be on my dad’s old shotgun.
In a violation of my own principles which guide this column, I’m going to address Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. We have grown complacent, thinking that this sort of thing can’t happen here. Seventy miles away is “here,” folks.
A good method to stir up gatherings lacking edifying conversation is to casually drop the comment that eating beef is a good thing for our environment. Before you utter the words, though, make sure you’ve located the exit. The mob will attack.
The Rev. Jake Jacobson’s earliest memories of the Bible were when he was four or five sitting on his mother’s lap at bedtime as she read Bible stories. The strength of those Bible stories continues to guide him even today.
One of my favorite cartoons from recent years showed the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy having a tea party with Alice in Wonderland. The caption was something like, “Yeah, I’ve seen some weird stuff.”
The radio station I listen to in the pickup is dangerous. Not in a physically harmful sort of way, but in a time management aspect. Every day from noon to 2:30 p.m. there are excellent speakers who preach on a myriad of topics I find absolutely fascinating. If I have to travel from one part …
The recent antics of the Left during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus shows that they really do wish to destroy this nation and everything it stands for. Just about any American principle you can think of was violated.