While I am a staunch supporter of the First Amendment and the original purpose of implementing limitations and barriers on the government in suppressing speech, I also feel we, as individuals, ought to have some self-restraint and common sense when we express our views.
A controversial video titled "Innocence of Muslims" incited protests beginning Sept. 11 which resulted in the tragic death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith and security personnel Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
A routine drive home on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard turned out to be a quite frightening recently underneath the Eighth Street Bridge.
A loud crash and millions of broken glass particles were splayed about my car, in my hair, in my clothing and on my skin. I initially believed my sunroof exploded.
As I pulled over and got out of my car to review the scene, I saw a hefty rock resting on my dashboard. A rock was pummeled through my passenger window, thrown by someone on the street. The rock shattered my passenger window and cracked my windshield.
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.
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.
Once upon a time, older adults who spent hours reminiscing were told to "stop living in the past."
Today, reminiscing by the aging population is no longer considered a negative sign of old age. Seniors are encouraged by health care professionals and social workers to remember and review decades of life experiences.
Personally, I'm an addict for such history. Whenever an elderly person wants to look back and talk about his or her life, I'm all ears.