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Thank you, teachers

The school days dwindle as May marches on, but the amounts of activities and academics seem to increase -- fun days, fundraisers, exams, proms, dances, etc. Through it all, the eyes remain on the prize: The last day of pencils, books and -- sorry, teacher friends --...

It’s finally MAY!

The first day in May. In Northeast PA, it's absolutely -- and FINALLY -- beautiful. The sun is shining, and it's warm enough to break out the shorts and flip-flops! It's finally that month that sounds much like 'N Sync's front man Justin Timberlake singing, "It's...

The mom I am — and am not

"All your kids want is you. "Not the fit mom, not the Pinterest mom, not the PTA mom, not every other mom you think you should be. All they want is you, so be the happiest you there ever was." What powerful words for moms, especially those who have days where they...

Those four little words

How was your day? Those four simple words come from my son's mouth on the days we spend apart due to school, work and/or other activities. I find it sweet that he, as a 9-year-old, takes that initiative to ask. I tell him the basics of how things proceeded; in turn, I...

My princess in pink

The girl in black went light for Easter. My daughter often wears black concert T-shirts and leggings for casual wear, black leotard and shorts for dance classes and a few coats that contain black. She just likes the color, no other reason (in case you're thinking...

Thank you, teachers

The school days dwindle as May marches on, but the amounts of activities and academics seem to increase -- fun days, fundraisers, exams, proms, dances, etc. Through it all, the eyes remain on the prize: The last day of pencils, books and -- sorry, teacher friends --...

It’s finally MAY!

The first day in May. In Northeast PA, it's absolutely -- and FINALLY -- beautiful. The sun is shining, and it's warm enough to break out the shorts and flip-flops! It's finally that month that sounds much like 'N Sync's front man Justin Timberlake singing, "It's...

The mom I am — and am not

"All your kids want is you. "Not the fit mom, not the Pinterest mom, not the PTA mom, not every other mom you think you should be. All they want is you, so be the happiest you there ever was." What powerful words for moms, especially those who have days where they...

Those four little words

How was your day? Those four simple words come from my son's mouth on the days we spend apart due to school, work and/or other activities. I find it sweet that he, as a 9-year-old, takes that initiative to ask. I tell him the basics of how things proceeded; in turn, I...

My princess in pink

The girl in black went light for Easter. My daughter often wears black concert T-shirts and leggings for casual wear, black leotard and shorts for dance classes and a few coats that contain black. She just likes the color, no other reason (in case you're thinking...

Stop, savor beauty as often as possible

With my daughter preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation next month, the time for her to attend a retreat arrived. I dropped her off the morning of March 10, 2018, at our parish center. Nearly five hours later, the confirmands' parents and sponsors gathered...

Memes generate memories, conversations

Who in the social media world doesn't enjoy a daily dose of reminiscent memes? "If you did this and survived, your childhood was awesome" blares around a photo of youngsters riding without helmets on three-wheeled Big Wheel bikes, or on metal monkey bars. "This is how...

Time to act, take a stand and say, again, ENOUGH!

The tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida, remain at the forefront of the news. Well, bring on the copycats. People take advantage of calling in threats to schools and making threats within earshot of others and on social media. In response, schools close or...

Puzzles produce plenty of things

I received a 1,000-piece puzzle for Christmas in the fifth grade. Its picture showed the scene from the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" where the beloved alien hides among the stuffed animals in Gertie's closet. The puzzle took a lot of time to complete. I...

Stay home or go to school?

When your child wakes up with a nagging bellyache, a bad headache or downright fatigue, do you keep him home? What about a fever, upset stomach with vomiting or a pink eyeball? The latter three symptoms would most likely prompt a parent to keep Junior home, and...

Manners start at home. Or they should.

Excuse me. Please. Thank you. You're welcome. I'm sorry. These simple words and expressions help maintain a level of respect for one's self and others around them. Three young boys were entering my daughter's school building as I was leaving it last week. Seeing me...

With sick student, cyber communication nice aid

Teachers often get flak for having summer breaks, holidays and weekends off (Please note, teacher friends, I know the work often continues at home after the school bell concludes classes!). They also get praise and thanks from colleagues, students and students'...

Why do they do it?

The name's Yuk. Mr. Yuk. Remember him? His circular green face featured eyes closed tight and a green tongue sticking out of an upside-down smile. That face, available in sticker form, was affixed to cleaning products, bug and weed killers, gasoline containers and the...

Movie theater memories

Monday (Jan. 15, 2018) marked a sad day for movie theater enthusiasts and the economy in Schuylkill County. Pearl Cinema 8, one of the Schuylkill Mall's last holdouts, showed movies for the last time and closed its doors forever. Those of us who grew up shopping with...

He likes it! Hey, Jakey!

Consider it a mom accomplishment when you get your child to try a new food and he actually likes it. Cue that classic commercial for Life Cereal: "He likes it" Hey, Mikey!" Ha ha. In my case it's, "He likes it, Hey, Jakey!" My son surprised me on Christmas Eve when he...

Farm show not only fun, but educational

What comes to mind when you hear about the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg? If you think of farm animals, equipment and a fair-like atmosphere, you've hit the nail on the head. According to the show's website, the expo features "nearly 6,000 animals,...

Too cold outside, what to do inside

It's safe to say, "Baby, it's cold outside!" That said, single-digit temperatures prohibit little ones from playing outdoors and staying inside. It won't be long before choruses of "I'm bored!" ring out -- or maybe they already have. They did over Christmas break...

Starting 2018, school year’s second half

Less than a handful of Schuylkill County school districts started their first day after Christmas break two hours later. The rest of us, business as usual. Waking before the 5:15 a.m. alarm I set to get a load of laundry containing uniform pants for my daughter done,...

Celebration and calm

The big day is here. It's time to count down to Christmas Day, the arrival of Santa, the observance of the arrival of Jesus as an infant into this world. I look forward to the calm of Christmas Eve Mass with my children and family, to a casual dinner at my parents'...

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