Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are joyous and festive times.
Whether you are busy baking, decorating your home or shopping for that perfect gift, the holiday shopping season went into full swing on Black Friday.
Thieves are also out shopping for that perfect gift. But instead of in stores, they are “shopping” your vehicle, front porch or inside your home.
Last week I discovered history in a packet of letters my mother had kept since World War II.
The timing was perfect. Just when our nation’s brave men and women who served in the military were being honored and celebrated on Veterans Day, I was immersed in the innocent musings of a young soldier who paid the ultimate price for his service.
Robert was killed in action in France at the age of 22.
He and I share DNA. He was an uncle I never got to meet.
One of eight children, Robert was closest in age to his younger sister, my mother.
Many families have someone serving in the military who will not be home this season to celebrate with loved ones.
These individuals are currently serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries around the world. They volunteered to protect and serve our country.
Thanks to the generosity of The Press readers, businesses, fire companies, clubs and others, military personnel will have something to smile about this Christmas.
It’s so easy to become consumed with the hustle and bustle of life — those “things” we believe to be important, meaningful and self sustaining.
It’s often in those times of uncertainty and crisis — whether unexpected or expected — that we begin to ask the wider universal questions related to life. What difference have I made? Who have I impacted? Have I tried to be kind and giving to another?
En Glee Bissell des un Sell
Der Baydawg is widder doe,
Un es glabbert yo so in der Kich;
Blendy arwet fer mich,
Welsh-hawna un lots funn socha,
Muss ich now ready
macha in der Kich;
Es is g’shpboss fer mich,
Kucha un feel boi,
Shtana shunt in ra roi In der Kich;
Oh, es shwitzed mich.
De kinner kumma ol hame,
Wil wetta se acta wider
es same in der Kich;
Ei, es lechered mich.
Eb mer essa, duhna mer bayda,
Shpater shwappa mer
resayda in der Kich;
As with many times throughout the year, specific awareness campaigns are designated to a certain month, week and or day. We have Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October; May is National Pet Month; and April 24-30 is National Infertility Week.
This month is National Adoption Month, with National Adoption Day Nov. 19.
The news was big.
In an announcement on WCCO, television news reporter Esme Murphy intoned “It’s simply the right thing to do for the 15,000 people who work here. And it’s good business.”
Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn., a concern billing itself as “the largest retail and entertainment destination in North America,” would not open Thanksgiving Day 2016.
All election results were obtained from Lehigh County Voter Registration. These results are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.
President of the United States
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kane, Democratic, 77,087 votes, 50.37 percent
Donald Trump/Mike Pence, Republican, 70,285 votes, 45.93 percent
Darrell Castle/Scott Bradley, Constitution, 526 votes, .34 percent
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka, Green, 1,338 votes, .87 percent
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld, Libertarian, 3,795 votes, 2.48 percent
Total: 153,031 votes, 100 percent
To the Editor,
As Hillary Clinton campaigned toward becoming the first woman president of The United States of America, she constantly faced what we might call a “double standard.”
For instance, if she is photographed coughing, stumbling on stairs, and feeling wobbly from pneumonia at a commemorative event in subtropical sun, she is described as being too weak and unfit to serve as President. If she is haughty enough to name those who radically and blindly supported her Republican opponent “deplorables,” she is chastised and ridiculed.
The pair were welcome regulars in our backyard. He wore scarlet and thus could be seen at once when I glanced out the kitchen window. His partner, never far away, wore a more subdued cloak and was harder to spot, but eventually I would find her. They were inseparable. Cardinals, I have read, mate for life.
Tragically, in an instant, and as I watched, he was alone in the world. A cat leaped over our 6-foot-high wooden fence and pounced. I ran out, yelling, but not in time.