As the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 55 million children across the United States will head back to school.
With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours.
The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children. Over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
There are whispers and sighs
When an American dies
Does the world get a little bit colder?
There's a town or a village
Back in the "old country"
That the wind blows through
That she's just lost one of her children
Who learns that recipe now?
And the man in the moon is left wondering
Will we be back to visit him soon?
He stares into space, with that look on his face
Are there more giant steps from mankind?
Who carries our flag 'cross the heavens?
And the bombshells and bullets and craters
When I read about massive earthquakes or devastating forest fires destroying communities, I often comment on how nice it is to live in Pennsylvania, where severe weather is not such a big concern.
The occasional small tornado or earth tremor make the news and cause a stir, but for the most part, we feel safe from Mother Nature's outbursts.
Last year's heavy snow on Halloween weekend set me straight, however, about how severe weather can come anywhere at any time.
With the recent deaths of astronaut Sally Ride, and Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown, what other women do young girls look up to?
Setting sun shimmering on the bay
Frame this glorious scene
Scent of sea engulfs my senses
As gulls ride the thermals heavenward
A fitting climax to an
all too insular summer
Devoid of supernal inspiration
by nature's handiwork
Ah, how the muse performs
Her song of bliss
enlivened by this scene
Reveling in joy at summer's end
As the sun sets in the west
Yet another summer passes
I am transfixed by this
sublime summer's end.
Imagine stepping into your store, restaurant or the office where you run your business after a wildfire has been contained, a tornado or hurricane has passed, or floodwaters have receded.
Unfortunately for thousands of business owners across the country, this scenario is more than just imagined.
I was raised with the notion I could be anything I wanted to be.
There was never discussion on barriers placed on particular careers because I was a girl.
We recently lost a very important woman, Sally Ride, who helped pave the way for young girls.
Ride was the first American woman in space and the youngest American to ever circle Earth.
According to her biography on sallyridescience.com, she answered a NASA newspaper ad seeking astronaut candidates in 1977 while finishing her Ph.D. She already had degrees in physics and English.
Eleven years have passed since the 9/11 Islamic extremists' terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 into a farmer's field near Shanksville, Somerset County.
Last year's 10th anniversary memorial tributes to those lost in the tragedy were televised; I doubt there will be as much broadcast this year.
The pain and sense of loss, however, continues for the families and the survivors.
Editor's note: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died on Aug. 25.
Where were you when he walked on the moon and what was your reaction?
·Special Olympics Bethlehem is in need of a training coordinator. Contact Robert Sehee at 610-419-3285 or email@example.com.
·American Diabetes Association, Bethlehem, needs help to make the next diabetes walk in Bethlehem Oct. 13 the most fun and successful walk to date.
Contact Dawn Fernandez at 888-342-2383, ext. 4625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coco Foundation, Bethlehem, needs volunteers for its annual Tee Time for Coco Golf Tournament Sept. 29.
Contact Lisa Walker at 570-954-8024 or email@example.com.