Last week I did something I had not done in 29 years. I bought a new car.
To regular readers and friends who know and admire my spiffy 1984 Subaru wagon: Don't worry. I did not part with it. Perish the thought.
Actually, that wonderful old car of mine was the main reason my husband and I decided to splurge on a new one.
With more than 130,000 miles on the odometer, my little red wagon was working too hard and deserves a good waxing and some garage time.
My husband's 1991 two-door model has logged over 200,000 miles, so we are reluctant to drive it long distances.
Many of us were glued to the television, Internet and radio, this past week, as we followed the Boston Marathon bombings and the apprehension of one suspect and the death of his brother.
These events caused me to ask how and why man desires to harm other humans.
Thomas Hobbes argued in "Leviathan" man in a state of nature was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."
There is no question about it, more than 300 years later, man still has a predilection for nastiness and a sick bent to harm his fellow man, by word and deed.
It is hard to imagine, anymore, a wonderful world like Louis Armstrong described in his famous song.
This latest mass tragedy, Monday at the Boston Marathon, had me again glued to the television once my fellow editor Deb Palmieri called and told me to put on the television.
The person or people who created this havoc in Boston have not only injured 176 people and killed three individuals as of Tuesday morning, they have robbed me of my freedom.
Yes, I understand if I take this stand I am letting them win.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Lehigh Valley.
It's also ankle sprain season. Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries I treat this time of year.
As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer.
Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it's their first sprain or their fifth.
As we approach the May 21 primary election, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials will be the April 25 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
To the Editor:
The Parkland Trojan Varsity Alumni Club is presenting six scholarships at this year's Parkland Athletic Award Night.
The club will give its traditional $2,000 scholarship to a male and female varsity senior.
In memory of Gary Wagner, 1965 graduate and state record holder in the 100 yard dash, there will be a $1,000 scholarship to a male and female track participant.
In memory of Craig Knauss, the alumni secretary who recently passed away, the club will present a $1,000 scholarship to a male and female volleyball participant.
·Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, is looking for someone who loves to walk and would like to lead weekly walking club.
Call Becky Morgan at 610-861-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites needs groundskeeping help at Kemerer Museum.
Call Jill Caggiano at 610-691-6055 or email@example.com.
·New Bethany Ministries, Bethlehem, is looking for a volunteer to serve as a receptionist mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday.
Their exuberance at first light
brings joy to my heart
They are so hopeful of the coming day
Delight speaks through
their chirps and trills
How would it be if we all,
like nature, woke to each day
with such enthusiasm?
Would not our world be a different place?
A place not unlike Eden
A utopia where joy fills our walk
and hope abounds
Just as the robin sings
praises to the Creator
May we emulate their delight
enough to proclaim
Spring is here!"
I watched in disbelief a recent report on The Today Show showing 4-year-old children opening safety caps on various types of medication. Not shocked, though, as we experienced the same thing in our own home many years ago.
When my oldest son was about 5 years old, he pulled a chair over to a kitchen cabinet, climbed up on the counter and found a bottle of vitamins, which in his mind, I suppose, looked like candy.
After a short period of time, my husband found him with the pills in his mouth and the red dye from the pills all over his mouth.