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Q. I find myself thinking one sad thought after another and it makes me depressed. Is there anything I can do to stop this?
Everyone gets depressed occasionally, but gloom should not be persistent in your life. Go to your doctor for a checkup. You might need medication or therapy.
The cause of your depression could be a physical illness, life events, personality problems, side effects from drugs or combinations of these elements. Your doctor’s choice of treatment, or no treatment, will be based upon symptom frequency and test results.
Jazzy violin: The Sara Caswell Quartet performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The quartet is Sara Caswell, violin; Jesse Lewis, guitar; Ike Sturm, bass, and Michael W. Davis, drums. 2018 Grammy nominee Sara Caswell is described as “a brilliant world-class violinist.” Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Caswell has been heard in venues ranging from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club to university concert halls. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.
Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.
“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”
The Sara Caswell Quartet brings its contemporary jazz sound to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Grammy-nominated Caswell says the audience can expect, “A mix of standards with a contemporary feel, reimagined, reworked. I love taking the audience on a journey. I want to give a lot of variety. I never want a performance to be predictable.”
The vagaries of fame and the music business have been covered in story and song many times over.
The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (1967) pretty much said it all.
The Rolling Stones weighed in with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965).
“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.
It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.
Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, Oct. 10: Spaghetti and meatballs, parmesan cheese, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, chilled pears.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Orange juice, chicken noodle bake, California vegetable blend, wheat bread with margarine, fresh fruit cup.
Friday, Oct. 12: Apple juice, tuna salad hoagie, potato chips, carrot raisin salad, peanut butter cookie.
Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Oct. 10: BBQ beef rib-a-que, roasted potato, green beans, banana.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Pulled pork, warm bean salad, creamy spinach, applesauce.
Friday, Oct. 12: Cheese ravioli with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, apricots.
Monday, Oct. 15: Vegetable lasagna w/ meat sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, cinnamon apples.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Potato crusted fish, brown rice, peas and carrots, fresh orange.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Marinated chicken, Caesar salad, diced pears, oatmeal cookie.
Q. When doctors perform a cardiac ablation, what do they use to clean the heart?
This question made me laugh because I had the same misconception as the correspondent. We both confused ablation with ablution. Ablation is a surgical excision of tissue. Ablution is a cleansing with water or another liquid.
Cardiac ablation corrects heart arrhythmias by destroying tissue that blocks the electrical signal traveling through your heart to make it beat. By clearing the signal pathway of the abnormal tissue, your heart can beat properly again.