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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Make new year’s resolutions all year

Friday, January 3, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I often overhear people discussing what their goals are for the New Year. As it often happens, I will be asked, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” I’m not a big fan of announcing my New Year’s resolutions. How can I politely answer the question?

Dear Reader,

There are two types of resolution makers: people who make their resolutions public and those that keep them private.

If you need social support and want to talk about your goals, go right...

Movie Review: Eastwood’s real ‘Jewell’

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.

Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the...

Growing Green: Try indoor gardening

Friday, January 3, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The weather may be cold, but your green thumb is still itching.

What can you do? You can still do some gardening, even at this time of the year: indoor gardening.

We see amaryllis being sold every fall in the local grocery store or garden center. They look great, but are they easy to grow? As with any plant, give it the right conditions and some TLC and you’ll reap the rewards.

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hydrid) is a bulb plant that originates in South America. It reaches a...

Healthy Geezer: Topics: CPR, Kegels, heart attack signs

Friday, January 3, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How do I go about learning CPR?

If you would like to learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association: americanheart.org; 1-877-AHA-4CPR.

Another CPR resource is the American Red Cross: redcross.org.

You can try a local hospital.

CPR, or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, employs chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing to treat cardiac arrest, heart attack, drowning and electrocution.

CPR can keep some blood flowing to the brain and heart during an...

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Having not played “The Jumanji Classic Board Game” or “The Jumanji Video Game” (I don’t...

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

While I may have been one of the moviegoers expecting a biopic along the lines of the excellent...

Annual awards

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ABEs:

The 14th annual ABEs Awards for Lehigh Valley theater will be published in the Focus section in the Jan. 1 and 2 print and website editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.

The ABEs, as in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, is an overview of musicals and plays annually produced by Lehigh Valley theater troupes.

The ABEs are based on area theater groups’ plays and musicals performances attended in 2019 by Carole Gorney, theater reviewer for Focus, and Paul Willistein,...

The Family Project: Discussion of appropriate gifts urged

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter has children from a previous marriage. She has recently remarried. Her in-laws are buying expensive and not necessarily age-appropriate gifts for the grandchildren on birthdays and holidays. I don’t want to get into a spending war with them, but ’m not sure how to handle this. I don’t want to become the cheap grandparent.

The first question asked by the panel was: “What does the daughter feel about this situation?” It may not bother her and-or she may not be aware that...

Lehigh County senior menus

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

L.C. senior menus Dec. 2019

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 25: Closed for Christmas.

Thursday, December 26: Turkey Diane (lemon mustard sauce), mashed potatoes, broccoli, dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Friday, December 27: Cranberry glazed pork loin, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, cinnamon baked apples with dried cranberries.

Monday, December 30: Rosemary roast beef, mashed...

Respectfully Yours: Ways to avoid unwanted nickname

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

How can I politely get people to stop using a nickname? My name is Joseph and a very small number of people call me Joe, which I don’t regard as my name. It really bothers me when I am introduced to people as Joe because then others think my name is Joe. What is the politest way to request that someone use my actual name?

Dear Reader,

A lot of people have problems with unwanted nicknames.

The most common occurrence is during introductions when...