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.
The Aug. 15 arrest of State Rep. Joseph Brennan, D-133, for allegedsimple assault and DUI and his subsequent press release dated Aug. 22 announcing he will not seek re-election in November should lead the citizens of the Lehigh Valley to conduct deeper research into who their candidates and elected officials are.
We, the people, should place higher standards on our elected officials, and those public officials should abide by ethical and moral standards superior to the constituents they serve.
Berks-Lehigh Regional Police recently issued a Community Message via Nixle that an individual was going door-to-door asking questions of homeowners regarding the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh school districts.
In this case, the man turned out to be a legitimate salesman.
I recently experienced something similar, except the man at my door was asking to see my electric bill.
According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly, identity fraud is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting some 9 million Americans every year.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY, Bethlehem, is seeking volunteers to serve as board members, instructors, action team members, event coordinators and office administration. Contact Robert Duld at 610-865-4400, ext. 229 or email@example.com.
EASTERN PA DOWN SYNDROME CENTER, Trexlertown, needs volunteers for their 13th Annual Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk at the Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park and Valley Preferred Cycling Center Sept. 29. Contact Julie Dody at firstname.lastname@example.org.