I wish I could go back in time
to re-live my history;
I’d reconnect with friends and family
That meant so much to me.
There is so much I didn’t know
When I was just a kid;
But knowing what I do today,
T’would be a different life I’d live.
Our cousins moved around the state,
Didn’t get to see them much;
Because of all the distance,
It was hard to keep in touch.
Most of my family have left this world
While unable to say “goodbye;”
When I think about all that I’ve lost,
“I got it close, but I couldn’t get it over the goal line.”
That’s the way state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon, described his effort to shepherd a bill through the General Assembly to reduce the size of the House of Representatives from 203 to 151 members.
“We were one procedural vote away from getting this on the ballot, the closest we have ever come,” he said.
Children singing, falling snow;
Christmas is coming.
Twinkling lights are all aglow,
Christmas is near.
It’s time for the holly.
It’s time to be jolly.
Dreams by all the girls and boys,
of Santa and his toys.
Choirs sing and church bells ring. I see it, I heard it.
Joy and laughter all around;
I feel the Christmas spirit.
The stars shine bright above,
as God bestows his love,
We dream of peace on earth for all, as families come to call.
Christmastime is here again,
There’s magic in the air.
·Salvation Army of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, needs cooking teams to prepare community meals on Sundays, serving at 1 p.m.
Contact Jeff Kulls at 484-554-7992 or email@example.com.
·Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, needs volunteers to help with its Holiday Hope Chests program.
Register at form.jotform.com/82845229700155
·Women of Excellence, Bethlehem, needs volunteers to help gift wrap through Dec. 14 at its 301 Broadway, 5th floor, Bethlehem location.
To say I was disappointed with the outcome of legislative efforts to end gerrymandering once and for all would be an understatement.
The bill (Senate Bill 22) that I authored and grassroots organizations championed was “Harrisburged.”
I use this term to express what happens to an initiative that would improve our system; yet requires legislative leaders in Harrisburg to step up and steer clear of political games.
Unfortunately, this type of gamesmanship happens all too often in the capital city when it comes to trying to get big things done for the people we represent.
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, a meal, sing, decorate and exchange gifts.
The holiday season can be especially difficult if a fire were to break out in a home and kill a loved one.
According to local media, a body of one man was found following a fire in Whitehall; a second fire this past weekend displaced nine people and killed a dog.
The body of the 49-year-old man was found after a fire occurred around 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at Spring Ridge Apartments, 1308 N. 13th St., Whitehall Township.
What is it about these long, dark nights
That we find so foreboding?
Awakening to dark mornings
Commutes to work in darkness
Walking dark alleys in the city
Returning home in the darkness
Leaves a blot on our lives
Scant sunlight to revive
Our long, dark night of the soul
From awareness of a world in which
Evil deeds are most noteworthy
And war is ever on our minds
Oh, Light of the World
Enlighten our dark, weary world
With the light of your illuminating love
Thank you all who commented on my Oct. 17 Editor’s View on dealing with our Generation Y, Z and millennial family members.
It is good to know I am not alone in my frustration with our younger generation not wanting “things” — instead, wanting experiences.
Since that Editor’s View, conversations have continued with the fact our children and grandchildren will not want our “things” when we are gone.
I am a person who sees the value of and appreciates the connection with “things” from my grandparents, which my youngest has already said he does not want.
With November commemorating Veterans Day and highlighting National Veterans Small Business Week, I wanted to spotlight a program I created to help those veterans seeking to start a business in Pennsylvania.
The Startups for Soldiers program was signed into law in 2016.
The law waives state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the civilian workforce from the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as those serving in reserve units and the National Guard.
Startups for Soldiers is based on a similar program that has been successful in Missouri.