I think I have recovered from Thanksgiving now.
Two solid days of baking and roasting everything in sight at my stepson's house in Virginia culminated in a feast for 23 guests.
I was an enthusiastic kitchen helper and sous chef for daughter-in-law Gail in their Poquoson home.
The Press asked the candidates what the most pressing issue was facing residents of the 183rd Legislative District and what their stand on that issue is.
Incumbent Republican Julie Harhart
As we approach Election Day, I believe the major concern of voters is the economy and jobs. In addition, property taxes run a close second.
I usually allow my principles to influence my actions.
In the past, when a fast-food chicken restaurant CEO made public statements opposing same-sex marriage, I vowed never to eat at one of his chain restaurants again.
I do not want to risk even a penny of my lunch bill will go to support opposition to LGBT rights.
When I learned from a friend's first-hand experience a Berks County pub owner was disrespectful and unfair to his wait staff, I found another place to go that serves really good wings.
Once again, our nation is faced with an issue our leaders in Washington have approached in a divisive manner.
This time, Republicans and Democrats are locking horns over immigration reform, as a surge of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border into Texas has created a crisis.
President Barack Obama, speaking at a July 4 naturalization ceremony during which a number of legal immigrants took an oath of allegiance and became American citizens, said, "We are a nation of immigrants."
He called for immigration reform to attract "the best and brightest" to our shore.
The University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology reports, in a survey published a year ago, 45 percent of those surveyed in 2012 said they usually make New Year's resolutions.
Psychologists say people who make specific resolutions for themselves are more likely to attain their goals than people who don't.
According to USA.gov, the top 10 most popular New Year's resolutions are:
· Drink less alcohol
· Eat healthy food
· Get a better education
· Get a better job
· Get fit
· Lose weight
· Manage debt
· Manage stress
I was somewhat alarmed when I woke up last Wednesday morning and read the election results for the local races covered by the Catasauqua Press.
Voters had let a longtime Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman go.
And in Hanover Township Lehigh County, not one, but two township council members who had served, uncontested, for many years, were gone.
North Catasauqua voters also ousted two public servants from their borough council.
Was there a conspiracy afoot by political parties to clean house?
Millions of college students around the country are now experiencing their first time away from home with total freedom.
These students are taking on not only the challenge of achieving a strong grade point average, but they face hurdles their parents did not have, especially the cost of the education they are acquiring.
In a recent speech President Barack Obama gave to University of Buffalo students, he addressed the soaring cost of a college diploma, while acknowledging the importance of higher education.
I cannot recall a time, until she retired in 2010, when veteran reporter Helen Thomas was not covering the White House.
It was 1961 when Thomas began covering news in the nation's capital as a member of the White House press corps. John F. Kennedy was president. I was 11 years old.
As I grew up, through the administrations of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, Helen Thomas' abilities and stature as a female reporter grew, working first for United Press International and then for Hearst newspapers, amid a sea of men covering presidential politics.
The terrorists seem to be winning the war against the American way of life, one catastrophe at a time.
Following the horrible 9-11 attacks, we cued up in airport security lines, having our luggage scanned, packing lotions and shampoos in Ziploc bags and leaving our pocket knives at home.
When a self-proclaimed Al-Qaida operative fashioned a bomb in a shoe and tried to ignite it on a flight, we began removing our shoes for inspection in those airport lines. (I was relieved when, after the thwarted attempt by the "underwear bomber," we were allowed to keep our skivvies on.)
We've been hearing a lot in the news recently about acts of bravery.
When bombs were detonated April 15 at the Boston Marathon, dozens and dozens of parade spectators, instead of running for cover, rushed to the aid of the hundreds of victims.
Many lives were saved because of their acts of courage that day.
A few days later, hundreds of police officers placed themselves in harm's way in pursuit of the alleged terrorists.
These are acts of valor, to be sure.