The cool air of winter is now upon us and it is time to make sure we are prepared for the season.
Most of us probably wish we could snuggle up by a fire with a good book but commutes and travel do not stop because the flurries begin to fall.
Do a routine winter check of your vehicle to ensure you are prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you.
Check your vehicle's fluid levels and be sure to fill up with a deicing windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your wipers do not streak, and think about installing new winter blades.
"You only live once," a friend who smoked and drank to excess since his teens would respond when I'd chide him about his body abuse.
Right. So since we get only one shot at life as we know it, shouldn't we try to make it last?
Today, as this friend lies terminally ill, far beyond medical repair, he has regrets.
But it's too late. His 62-year-old body has given up.
His sad situation reminds me of another friend who died at 50, the victim of lung cancer.
Twenty sprightly cherubs
accompany their angelic leaders
to an abode that sparks their
curiosity and glee
Although they are new to this place
somehow it feels
as though they never left it
For Heaven is where
the human heart remains
and it is the Lord's presence we seek
They know His presence
as they gaze into His face
and they know His peace
Something about their leaving us behind spurs our desire
to change behavior...to become
a more peaceful people
·America on Wheels, Allentown, needs volunteers to serve and take orders in the museum café.
Contact Linda Merkel at 610-432-4200 ext. 11 or email@example.com.
·Camelot for Children, Lehigh Valley Mall needs capable, experienced gift wrappers to staff a booth at the mall on various days and shifts through Dec. 24.
Contact Cassie Kemmerer at 610-791-5683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tears flow this Christmas for the children slaughtered in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
To the Editor:
Even with the magnitude of last Friday's events, we can let residents of Newtown, Conn., know we are thinking about them and holding them in healing thoughts.
The children and families of their community are forever changed.
I would love to show support to the school from towns all over our area.
Have the children and/or adults in your family create artwork for the students of Sandy Hook.
Many of us attended church on Sunday. I'm not sure if it was because of the upcoming Christmas holiday or the overwhelming need to pray for the families affected by the Dec. 14 shootings in a Connecticut elementary school.
Sermons throughout our area were focused on trying to make sense of this event as well as trying to cope with the overwhelming grief all Americans feel, especially so close to the joyous season of Christmas.
The souls of the little children
Were released to God today
They flew aloft to Heaven
Borne on angels wings
Now God must have had
some special tasks
To call them back to Him
so very soon.
Their souls arrived in Heaven
To do more than enjoy the view
God most certainly had something big in mind
Something glorious for them to do.
Their souls took flight,
they are angels now
And God must really need them
To perform miraculous
and wondrous deeds
That we can scarcely imagine
Christians are taught "all things work together for good."
This week, it's difficult to see how that can be true for families and friends of the children and adults who died at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday.
I am the mother of five children. They are grown now, but a mother always remembers her children as they were when they were young.
When Laurie was 6 years old, she was an instant mother's helper when triplet siblings joined the family.
The railroad bridge collapse in the West Deptford area of New Jersey Nov. 30 should be a wake up call to fix our area's crumbling infrastructure.
As we all know, procrastination can be a dangerous thing.
This spill of vinyl chloride, a toxic chemical, into a feeder creek of the Delaware River has the potential to kill wildlife and taint a delicate ecosystem still recovering from the consequences of our country's Industrial Revolution.
I have taken the time to view many bridges and roadways in the state during the past year.