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Monday, August 19, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Occupation tact

Friday, July 26, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

When I meet someone new, I always ask what they do for a living. This seems like good conversation starter, but I’m not sure if it’s polite. Is it rude to ask someone you just met what they do for living?

Dear Reader,

It’s not so much that the question in itself is rude as it is a matter of sensitivity of context.

I suggest starting off with an ice-breaking question to set the context so your question doesn’t come out of the blue. It’s better to...

Healthy Geezer: Three topics

Friday, July 26, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What increases my chances of breaking a bone?

For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there’s osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.

You may be in danger of having weak bones and should check with a doctor if you: smoke, are in poor health, are over...

Visual arts, health-care

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College offers two new programs beginning in the fall 2019 semester: “Visual Arts A.A.S.” and “Health Care Office Coordinator A.A.S.”

“Visual Arts A.A.S.” is designed to teach students the skills needed to create, design and produce digital media, and is intended for students seeking careers in digital content production, visual journalism or commercial photography.

“Health Care Office Coordinator A.A.S.” provides the foundation for...

Mindfulness class

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College offers a one-credit class, “Mindfulness for Academic Success,” taught by Wendy Barron, professor of media communications and certified mindfulness instructor.

The class meets 2:20 - 3:41 p.m. Wednesdays, the first 10 weeks of the semester starting Aug. 28.

The course is designed to address stress that college students feel and will help them gain the tools to monitor their reactions to stressful situations, reduce worry about school...

Baum School of Art to hold faculty, staff exhibition

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown, presents its 2019 Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Aug. 15 - Sept. 11 in The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

The Awards Reception will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 15 as part of Third Thursday, August 15, 2019

The biannual exhibition features the creative work of The Baum School of Art’s faculty and staff members. The exhibition includes work in a variety in media and subject matter, from fashion, to graphic design, to drawing...

The Family Project: Divorce questioned

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I have been arguing and not seeing eye to eye for a long time. We have tried counseling and nothing is working. We have two children, ages eight and three. I am not being abused and my husband is a great father. I really don’t want to be married to my husband anymore. Should I just put up with it until the children are older?

“I frequently hear the question, ‘Should we stay together for the sake of the children?’” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “What I’ve never heard...

Theater Review: These ‘Private Lives’ shine at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Friday, July 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Private Lives,” but the lives of two couples are on public display in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) sparkling new production of the 1930 Noel Coward classic comedy of manners, or perhaps, of ill-manners, through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Sibyl Chase (Talley Gale) and Elyot Chase (Matthew Floyd Miller) are honeymooning at a hotel in Deauville, Normandy, on the northwest coast of France, when...

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that indie rock

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.


From Parkettes to Cirque du Soleil for former LV gymnast

Monday, July 22, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” makes its Philadelphia region premiere under the big top, July 24-Aug. 25, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks.

Allentown native and gymnast Alix Croop performs in “Amaluna.”

“Amaluna,” written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, blends Greek and Norse mythology, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute” in a production that has a cast almost entirely of women.

It’s the third Cirque du Soleil...