Smile — or sob — with Santa

As the Christmas season kicks into high gear, you don’t have to look too far to find Santa Claus. Actually, the Jolly Old Elf is probably old hat at this point. He arrived in Schuylkill County the second weekend in November, and he set up shop at Berks...

In a word, whew!

Once we got settled Sunday evening for sleepy time, I breathed a small sigh of relief. It felt to finally sit down and relax! The Thanksgiving week/weekend was a busy one in our household. As I blogged Saturday (Nov. 24, 2012), my daughter danced in the 33rd annual...

Really pausing to give thanks

I hope you all had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, even if it meant leaving part of a day off with family to partake in the abundance of bargains at the big stores. I shied away from all that. Sure, maybe I missed out on some big savings, but nothing compares to the...

Just how ‘elder’ are we?

My daughter had a social studies assignment last week. It requested that she interview an “elder” in her family or community — parent, grandparent, aunt, neighbor, etc. — and ask the person about how things were when he or she was her age....

Little stuff big to them

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big...