Simple how-to make a rain garden for homeowners. No power tools or plumbing alterations are needed to make an eco-friendly plant-filled depression in your property for rainwater to temporarily accumulate before being absorbed into the ground, allowing soil's natural filtration to work.
Both rain gardens and climate victory gardens reduce air and water pollution and contribute to the conservation of water in the soil.
A way for the United States to get green quickly and have a good economy. It is not simple, but it is entirely realistic.
A Climate Victory Garden helps the soil, water quality, and the atmosphere. These 10 recommended practices will help your garden flourish. Keeping one (indoors or outdoors) is a practical way for anyone can contribute to reversing accumulated changes in the climate.
A Climate Victory Garden is a food garden grown for a family’s own consumption. Grow what you can. Grow what you like and will eat. They’ve dubbed it the Climate Victory Garden because if enough people plant them, we may be able to mitigate bad changes to climate and weather.
Forget the bread and milk. Here's what people age 50 and older need to stock for a stuck-inside Winter Storm weekend.
136 degrees Fahrenheit/ 57 degrees Celsius. Bad stuff for children and other living things.
Research from the year 2010 and later indicates these foods nurture our brains.
Yoga sun salutation exercise combined with prayers of thankfulness. A non-denominational prayer is given for each asana in the sequence.
English-born choral and orchestral composer, Simon W. Andrews, shares insights about his Christmas cantata, This Worldes Joie.
Two extraordinary baseball stories at simple, readable level.
Eco ideas for choosing what trees, bushes, and flowers to put into your yard to attract birds. Simple, green, circle of life gardening idea.
Simple instructions for changing a windshield wiper blade with pictures.
If you hold yourself out as being able to speak English or Spanish or whatever language you choose - please be fluent and clear, without accents from your mother tongue or your region.
True story of a talented stray kitten who charmed a neighborhood on his way to becoming a fantastic helper at Hopewell Furnace Historic Iron Plantation.
An inspiring description of many ways Christmas can be importantly fun.
This minor league ball team entertains fans without excessive advertising, overly long games, or ticket prices requiring a bank loan. The Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team is an American treasure.
A short story of green-ness in the face of global warming.
Three super-quick two-ingredient dishes that provide calcium and no gluten! All are single-serving recipes which you can enlarge, if needed.
Knowing a little about your car is a needed life skill, similar to basic computer ability. Here are the basics to watch so you can either fix simple situations or know to take your car for help.
Review of GREAT microbrewery with pub in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. It uses clever fly fishing theme for decor and menu. Local food specialties are used in bar food.
Recipe and technic for ridding your house of ants without endangering your pet cats.
Will Rogers excelled in almost every entertainment media of his day. This included starring in silent and sound films and being the top-paid movie actor of the 1930's.
Will Rogers was a beloved political wit who delivered his message in an unassuming "aw, shucks" manner. Learn about his success in a time of rapid change for the U.S.A.
Retirement communities, senior groups, rehabilitation facilities, activity directors: Feel free to use this list of better-known Protestant hymns for programs for American senior citizens.
Roberto Clemente was one of a kind. He contributed to MLB’s successful integration of Latino players and constantly performed charitable deeds, often without fanfare or publicity. He is a hero.
Descriptions of plot, ratings, awards, and more for 10 great baseball movies good for children and their families. Many promote faith in God or doing "the right thing."
How to create pockets of space for books, knick-knacks, and other small items inside your walls.
Detailed instructions and pattern to make a small decorative garden flag.
A description and review of the experience of attending a home game of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. 23 photos.
Two iron furnace historic sites capture different eras of iron smelting in early American industrial growth. Photos, maps, and more. Easy visit from Hershey, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
Review of indie family-owned and operated nurseries close to or in the city of Lebanon (Lebanon County) in central Pennsylvania. Websites, phone numbers, maps, and 33 photos included.
With cooked-ahead quinoa, you can assemble a healthy gluten-free breakfast parfait in minutes. Add a fruit yogurt and nuts. Sixteen photos included.
Cancer fighting antioxidant tomatoes and dark green leafy spinach join 2 more ingredients for a super-healthy, fast, easy meal for one person.
How to bathe parts of your cat and possibly having it relax and enjoy it. The helper assists with several steps, including drying.
Got a kitten? Here is how to teach it to love sleeping in your lap for all time!
The Reading Phillies (now the Fightin' Phillies) have always been affiliated with the major league Philadelphia Phillies. Does the team’s new name & other changes signal imminent relocation?
Both reasonable and humorous reasons for cleaning your place before going on vacation.
A small plot of grass does not require a monster-sized lawn mower. Learn about an eco-green, easy to use, inexpensive mower that will do the job!
Short descriptions of 6 fun films which probably rate no more than one hankie, if that, for summer romantic fun.
At the corner of 13th and Tasker Streets is FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria, a take-out pizza and sandwich joint. The other half is the spectacular, elegant High Note Café featuring live jazz, opera. and more.
On a cross-country family vacation trip, a mother of three is critically injured in a highway accident. The long road of her miraculous hold on life and the rescue of her left leg from amputation..
Four tips for how to sing at a jazz jam session.
For five years, every Sunday night at 5531 Germantown Avenue, Phila, a vigorous synthesis of jazz arranging, improvising & playing was the order of the evening at the LaRose Club Jam in Germantown.
Lists of supplies with costs and 16 photos of a bathroom fix-up project done partially by the homeowner and partially by paid help.
Every spring we see the rectangular matzo boxes at the grocer's for Pesach. There is a whole story behind why and what they are. It starts in Cincinnati, OHIO...
Candy shops near Lebanon are reviewed. Wertz Candies combines charm, tradition, and homemade treats; the Van Winkles make opera fudge in their home; Smith's Candies makes nothing but sells everything.
Ideas on what to include in a raffle basket for a fundraiser (or as a gift) which will appeal to cat owners.
A survey of five beer distributors in or pretty danged close to the city of Lebanon, PA. Hours, addresses, pix, and more.
In Lebanon County, PA, the Habitat for Humanity store partners with a Christian mission - a collaboration which works very well. The RE-BUILD-IT STORE has used building supplies plus used housewares.
Step-by-step how to for kids and everyone. Includes 9 pictures and real-life experience comments.
Fix the cold tub problem! Directions with tons of photos for klutzy homeowners on how to put insulation around an existing cold bathtub.
Description of steps to get rid of basement water due to cracks & small holes in the foundation walls. Product recommendations. Personal experience shared by a non-construction worker homeowner gal.
Information on a jazz jam session held semi-regularly in Annville, Pennsylvania (Lebanon County.)
How to successfully introduce a new kitten to the established family cat.
8 great thrift stores along Route 422 in Lebanon, PA. Addresses, phone, hours, maps, and more info given.
Three easy recipes with only 3 ingredients for Valentine's Day salads: Green and Red Potato salad, Strawberry-Green salad, and Extra Cherries Fruit salad. 20 photos.
A description of a visit to an old-fashioned small Pennsylvania pretzel bakery and shop tucked into a residential neighborhood in a small town. It does not advertise, but the locals flock there. 14 pictures included.
The Puppy Bowl is an annual television event with extremely cute puppies romping on a puppy-sized football field. Coincidentally, it airs on the same day as football's Super Bowl. If you have never seen even a part of the Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet cable television network, here are some short...
Marches, movie medleys, and other audience pleasing tunes for a level 3 concert band are described.
The “Puppy Bowl” is an annual television program aired on the afternoon of American professional football’s SuperBowl game. Puppies romp on a small field as comedian commentators and referees pretend their frolicking movements are football maneuvers. It is a brilliant comic farce of...
Indoor cat owner's tried and true method for DIY claw trimming is explained with diagrams.
Some people are über-organized with lists and budgets and timelines for buying Christmas gifts starting in a ridiculous month such as July. Others don’t get into the spirit of Christmas gift shopping until about December 20th. Does either type save significant money? Also, what are other costs?...
Lyrics to use with familiar melodies for the Seinfeldian winter holiday of Festivus (December 23rd.)
A charity that givs transportation to children in third world areas and encourages all sorts of self-directed development for them.
For families in Newtown, Connecticut; Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; Norway, the Middle East, Vietnam, everywhere… Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, who brings forth goodness on the earth. Hear me and hold me, O...
How to put Borax on moldy wooden-house structural parts (to kill mold roots) written by a homeowner who did it. Photos included.
Ideas and descriptions of fun multi-age activities to honor Christmas and bond with the family from December 1st through January 6th.
Names are suggested in categories such as Food, Mythology, Place Names, Movie Characters, and more.
How to DIY remove mold when your home is flooded. With a rather non-existent budget, here is what I did, learned, and recommend for severe mold throughout a house. Photos included.
Cats know when interesting, fun, new things enter their environment - such as Christmas holiday decorations. This article provides godd, tongue-in-cheek ideas for safe decorating when one owns cats.
Explanation of cat-to-human diseases.
This is an easy, quick fudge recipe using one burner of the stove. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes.
How bathing a cat works, using the vet recommended Blue Dawn dish washing liquid.
Christmas newsletters meet needs - we want to know how distant friends are doing. This is a How-to of writing a short, good letter and how to express band news and good news. Slightly humorous.
This year, avoid the debt cycle as you purchase gifts for loved ones. Instead, earn more cash. Five tips on how to quickly do this before Christmas or Hanukkah.
These basic eight kitchen items will get any cooking job done.
An author speaks from experience on how to have children understand their multi-religious family.
Here is a method of bedroom cleaning guaranteed to accomplish the job and to be rather painless. Steps are given in order for quick, efficient cleaning.
Cat neutering is a surgical procedure. It is the removal of a cat’s reproductive organs— called spaying for females, and called castration for males. Here arre details on the procedure, reasons for it, and costs.
Easy recipe for eggs scrambled with upscale additions and appetizing presentation. Takes only 12 minutes to make - start to finish.
During WWII, the Nazis created a “sham” concentration camp, Terezin, to deceive the rest of the world into believing that the Reich concentration camps were tolerable refuges for displaced Jews. Three levels of reality existed: daily work and malnutrition, the showcased happy children and...
Detailed instructions and pattern for ladybug costume for a kitten or teacup puppy. 16 photos and additional instructions for adjusting the size if your pet has a growth spurt before the holiday.
If you have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), be pro-active. Don't wait until there are only 8 hours of daylight to begin helping yourself. The challenge to prevent or reduce the depression you get from lack of full-spectrum daylight exists the moment the Summer Solstice ends.
No-holds barred description of how to color your hair at home with hints from the author based on experience.
Kittens have teething & chewing needs similar to puppies. Tips are given on what to expect, how to help, & how to train your kitten so she does NOT learn bad habits, such as routinely biting humans.
Tips and guidelines for sales people on the selling floor of retail businesses.
Tips for making a good decision the next time you buy a purse.
Kids' easy step-by-step how to make ghosts to hang outside from trees or the front porch at Halloween. Very few supplies needed. 14 photos and 2 short videos included.
How to combine veggie proteins in meals to make complete proteins (as in Diet for a Small Planet) using redneck favorites. Loosen up and laugh!
Water or wetness in the basement can have more than one source. 9 possible causes described.
How to use the gap between your furniture and ceiling to create more space in your apartment or house by building a bookcase "lifter."
Make a cat viewing platform at your window several feet above the sill and not light-blocking.
Description and explanation of the first shots that a 6- to 8-week old kitten needs. Also, a description of tests that are advisable if the kitten comes from unknown sources.
Explanation of mead, a wine made from fermented honey. It is gaining popularity in Pennsylvania.
Put that mobile phone away! You can't go back and claim those hours when you could have and should have been talking to your child, teaching him names of things, sharing his delight in the world.
Berks County, PA has a pub or two in a college town to the north - Kutztown.
Review of Lancaster County, PA microbreweries with pubs including maps, phone numbers, websites.
Veterinarians know that the same mechanisms causing human dementia occur in cats. Symptoms and possible treatments are described.
Cats can be allergic to substances. Learn more.
Step-by-step DIY How-to instructions to make a lightly stuffed ornament for the Christmas tree using Christmas colors or themed fabric. Many photos.
Diagnoses and prevention tips for feline roundworms, tapeworms. and fleas.
Educational uses and tweaks for Bingo, Concentration, Memory, Scrabble and Hangman - good for homeschoolers and classroom teachers.
Easy instructions with tons of photos on how to make 2 different crafts for Christmas. Inexpensive supplies are used.
Lesson ideas for grades 4 through 12 on American black history. Web sites given.
Anyone who has a hand in raising a child hopes that the precious little one will grow up to be kind, productive, self-sufficient, and lead a life which is meaningful. Of course, we adults guide their development towards this end through many tiny...
Things to check when assessing a parent's ability to live on his or her own.
Supplies that enable you to make and create all sorts of wonderful crafts.
Nutritional and calorie charts for kittens, adults, and senior cats. Also, a blank chart is provided for you to complete to compare foods.
Chicken and 3 more ingredients make a satisfying entree. recipe, photos, instructions.
Recipe and detailed instructions for making a dough which can be baked and painted or shellacked for permanent jewelry or decorations.
The Bible story of Esther has many positives for children: a female heroine, a wedding, kings and queens, party food, raucous noise, and an ending with the good guys winning. It can be used during any unit on the Bible, the Old Testament, and in Vacation Bible School.
Women’s eyebrow shapes have changed again. If you observed the fashionable female stars on the Red Carpet at the Oscars’ ceremonies, recent advertisements in print magazines, and guests on television talk shows, or the delightful Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge [bride of Prince William] you...
In Harrisburg, PA sits the rather new National Civil War Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Open 7 days a week, it claims to be the only museum with fair and even-handed representation of all sides of the War Between the States.
Review of the Oscar nominees and 4 more gems of Animated Shorts. Be prepared for the 2012 Oscar Night.
As cats age, one's beliefs about whether or not to take extraordinary measures may be put to the test.
Like all house cats, ours seek out cuddly nooks to protect them, without permitting intrusion. Each cat appears quite content and pleased as he surreptitiously (in his own mind) surveys the world from his Cat Cave. Both commercial climbing trees and creative locations do the job. And, they are...
For more than ten years, I lived in a private townhouse community subject to the draconian rules of the builder’s charter and the HOA. This place could have been the inspiration for any sit-com episode about the worst of homeowner association rules. it was the townhouse community from hell.
The Super Bowl countdown is in its final week. Rachael Ray and every other cooking program have been pushing Super Bowl menus at us for weeks. Wide-screen television and home theater systems are at their best sales. It is all racing to the exciting “Day of Days” for pro football fans: Super...
Due to its garnering of Golden Globe Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Original Score awards, The Artist has returned. Now, you can see it in mainstream movie theaters. As I watched it, I was thrilled at the level of attention to detail in scenery, costumes, and hairstyles to re-create California...
A 97-year-old friend of mine knows that the economy is rough right now and that able-bodied, willing workers struggle with the lack of jobs and all that goes with that. But, he vehemently declares, “this is not like the GREAT DEPRESSION.” One hears the capital letters in his voice.
The Shady Maple Farm Market of Lancaster County, PA is part of the famous Shady Maple Buffet Restaurant complex. It is a wide-aisled, immaculately clean, reasonably priced supermarket run by a Mennonite family.
A tribute to our middle cat, Sammy. He is the older "brother" to our rescue cat, Skeeter, who landed in our lives last winter. Sammy is the saint of the feline family and he is very cute.
If your land in January is frozen from the topsoil down about a foot, “garden work” may not make sense. However, if you resemble me in my gardening habits, there is work to be done.
We live in a suburb close by a city of more than 80,000 people. Fortunately, we have a wee pocket of wilderness which affords us much more natural delight than a neighborhood of deforested Monopoly houses would.
Two certainties in the mail for the beginning of a year are tax forms and gardening catalogues. The five best natural /organic companies are described.
We have friends living far away for whom we care even though we are no longer in each others’ lives. The exchange of yearly greetings at Christmastime guarantees we will get caught up.
Easy instructions with 9 photos for how to make Pennsylvania Great Depression era BLACK Walnut Cookies. This is a Morgan family recipe used at Christmas.
When one cares about another person enough to want to give a present, it usually means one wants to make a good gift-to-person match. This is natural. But the actual gift really doesn't matter...
Turmeric is suggested as helpful for prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is easy to work into my daily diet in tiny amounts. I figure that tiny beats none. Here is how I do it.
If you quilt, you can design and make a table runner as a gift making the panels incredibly personal and special for the recipients. Here is the reasoning I used to make a personalized runner.
A kind word or compliment may have happily disproportional effects for someone who is down. Even something as minor as buying him/her a cup of coffee when you go for yours can be a ray of sunshine. An invitation to a non-threatening religious service says, "someone wants to spend time with me; I...
Meatloaf is the main dish for Festivus, but my circle of friends has all sorts of varying dietary needs and preferences. Thus, I have developed a quick and easy way to make 2 meatloaves with minimal work.
Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping anything in a reusable piece of fabric, often a square, is the trendy way to present gifts. This article includes 3 videos demonstrating how to do it.
Mouse ornaments are popular for Christmas trees. Directions with 9 photos for this simple project which can be done in 1 day plus another day for drying. Good for children who are elementary school age.
What happens to the gap group which has no health insurance but cannot qualify for poverty assistance or for old age assistance? Why is there a huge range in prices of prescription medications made throughout the world but available for purchase by Americans?
How a group of adults and kids can make Christmas tree ornaments from wooden clothespins and a few other supplies. 10 photos. Great for family bonding, religious education class, craft group.
How to put a larger platform top on a cat tower or condo. This Do It Yourself project takes less than a day and is no cost if you have carpet remnants & a good board. Step by step instructions and 17 photos are included.
Step-by-step instructions with 14 photos for how to make a simple small Christmas stocking from fabric scraps. Sewing machine is used. DIY craft for adults & children with basic sewing experience.
A reproducible family Protestant Advent ceremony which is short and child-friendly to be used in the home. Adapted for kindergarten through primary grade kids. Provides list of supplies, script, and suggested songs. Family Advent ceremonies are used for the 4 Sundays before December 25th. Held in...
Goschenhoppen. It’s such a fun and funny-sounding name. Pronounce it: GUSH’n HUP’n. It’s also a region, a German-speaking community, and a group of concerned historians in the five-county greater Philadelphia area. Before first-hand knowledge was extinguished, the Goschenhoppen Historians...
I am cultivating a sense of blessed abundance. My blessings are clear to me. I have grand people in my life who genuinely love me. I love them back, and that is a great blessing – the ability to give love. I trust the Universal Spirit to continue my blessings and abundance as I practice gratitude.
People understand that a massage delivers physical and psychological benefits. It is entirely logical that other mammals, such as our beloved pet dogs, would reap the same benefits as do humans. Fortunately, animal experts and veterinarians have realized this and developed research-driven canine...
I experienced a dangerous fall in slow motion. As I lay there, I just replayed the event over & over with full confidence that I had just interacted with my own Guardian Angel. And, that felt grand!
Directions with 19 photos. Kids age 3 to 12 can make a pine cone turkey as a place card for the formal Thanksgiving dinner table. Easy and fast - it can be completed in under 30 minutes. Adults will love the results and the children contribute to the event and stay out of the adults' hair. Win-win!
This is my mantra for anyone with challenges in the financial area who contemplates winter gift-giving with bewildered puzzlement: “It’s the love that counts.” If your gift recipients love you, can’t they understand that some years are like this? I am betting that they can. Recommendations...
Ways to get either a totally free turkey meal, a very low costs one, or ideas (common sense) for keeping costs down for the big Thanksgiving feast.
f you’ve ever thought, as you attend some mandatory family get-together, “Who are these people? Where did I come from?”, you are not alone: a significant enough portion of the population feels the same way so as to have inspired movies depicting it. Thus, in my desire to offer possible...
Instructions on using free, often pre-loaded Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery to crop a photo.
If you own a shed as an outbuilding in your yard, you really depend on it to store seasonal equipment. Since the shed would cost several hundred dollars to replace, it would be foolhardy to allow it to deteriorate. During a recession, replacing the shed might be very low on your list of spending...
Lots of people at Penn State did the wrong thing. But additional bad guys exist. in 1998, civilian police AND an investigator for the Department of Public Welfare collect damning evidence against Sandusky. Despite this, the County District Attorney decides that there will be no criminal charges...
When I wrote this poem, Emily and all her winged art symbolized, to me, the freedom and energy to embrace one’s potential. I admired the position in life where she stood. Realizing that as long as anyone is drawing breath, she or he can follow a dream, I wrote this poem to honor that leap of...
Author reviews 3 full-length flicks from the Baby Boomers' younger days whose plots either involve Thanksgiving or occur at Thanksgiving time. Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, and Alice's Restaurant are recommended for this Thanksgiving.
How we can sneak other cultures’ winter holiday symbols into a few pockets of American Middle-Class-Protestant-Mainstream-White-Bread-Land.
A third-generation Japanese-American (whose father was interred) teams up with a Black-American who has lived in both Japan and Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo to create a stage play, Bronzeville. The drama captures the consequences of the WWII displacement and the opportunities and challenges for...
Gift suggestions for Baby Boomer women for consumable items, so there is neither clutter nor need for more storage space. Her grateful memories will be huge. Additionally, you will be the perceptive, sensitive, insightful family member or friend who truly understands women of the Boomer Belt.
Five flicks from “baby boomers' era” involving Halloween. They are films from our lifetimes produced for the general public.Today these family-friendly movies all would be rated G. All of them would be fun to share with grandkids. However, children are not necessary to enjoy them one more time.
In cool Halloween and dark fall, here are two books which have enough of the mystery of the autumn combined with a happy ending, that it meets your reading needs for preschoolers and early elementary children.
Step-by-step guide with 12 photos and diagrams for making costumes for a cat (or small dog.) No sewing is required. Crafters probably have all the materials at hand so no cost is involved. You can adapt these 3 patterns for all sorts of costume ideas by your choice of colors, materials, and bling.
Photos for ideas for Cat Halloween Costumes. I had great fun making costumes for 3 cats for a photo shoot at home. The cats; Skeeter, the Goddess, and Sammy, all cooperated - amazing!
Genealogy research lessons and narrative about finding ancestors’ resting places. Ideas for beginners in finding family forebears.
The author combines 2 perspectives on grieving to comfort those adjusting to a major, unhappy change. They are the Kubler-Ross model of five stages of grieving, and the "new normal" philosophy.
Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing are pillars of the KonMari method and Black Hat Feng Shui. In a garage, you will get “two-fer” credit when you start cleaning and grouping your things! Photos of the good and the not so good included.
Review and comparison of stage offerings RENT and OUR TOWN. These are vehicles to demonstrate the need to savor and cherish each day and the people in them.
A Baby Boomer highly recommends two biographies as a blast from the past for fellow post-war babies. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Dangerously Funny take you back to the 50's and 60's.
How to experience the real life of Chinese people in Yunnan province with a multi-lingual native tour guide. In addition, the scenery is wild and unspoiled and the Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Public apple picking at rock-bottom costs occurs every fall at a National Park Service historic site in the southeastern Pennsylvania. For $1 a pound, visitors may pick heirloom apples the old-fashioned way at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site near Elverson, PA.
A list of 6 online bookstores which include used out-of-print books. Each has its own twist on what it sells and how it operates.
Pacifist religions. If one is looking for children's books to entertain and concurrently reinforce the belief that killing is a bad activity, I recommend these four.
Stories of blending an abandoned yearling cat, Skeeter, into a staid two-cat family. Skeeter has enough gumption, energy, and personality to make every day a delightful adventure.
Description, Q and A, and thoughts on stating one's copyright at the end of a blog or a hub or other original writing.
After taking in an abandoned yearling cat, a couple deals with blending him into the prior cat family of a mother tabby and her placid son. The angry mother cat finally starts to soften up. But hissing has not totally disappeared. Read all the installments of Skeeter's story!
Explanation of all the things the brain does when reading music to play piano.
What happens when a mischievous cat discovers his human master left her clarinet out and unprotected in the living room overnight.
History and mission of the National Weather Service: one of the efficient and useful agencies in the federal government. This agency is a keeper which has saved lives and property since 1870.
Owners of 3 cats describe the adorable antics of their newest, a rescue cat named Skeeter. They wonder if he is channeling the spirit of the renowned Labrador Retriever, Marley, of the book "Marley and Me."
Simple recipe for egg and white flour noodles made from scratch and air-dried traces back to the Great Depression and the author's Altoona, Pennsylvania grandmother. Many photos included.
Graduated list of ways to keep bathroom plumbing fixtures sparklingly clean.
Robby Felix is trying to return to pro football after suffering a stroke. Kudos to your determination, but can't you choose a new career lower on the brain-injury probability scale?
Sunflower seeds. This is the not-to-do guide for a newbie’s leap into sunflower food production.
A group of living history devotees performs English Country Dances as they would have been enjoyed in Colonial Pennsylvania from 1740 to 1840. They rehearse in Douglassville, PA which is near Philadelphia.
Red Green, Canadian Handyman, is a man who knows the value of duct tape. Such is his genius that there is no equipment problem which he CANNOT fix with duct tape. In his spirit, I lightheartedly offer my Red Green style laptop computer cooler.
Twenty-eight-year-old Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly was fatally shot on June 29, 2011 in the line of duty. People in the county where he lived and worked have been extraordinarily generous in giving to his family. A 5K run is part of this fund-raising support.
A list of some of the jazz jam sessions in Philadelphia and the greater Philly area (in Pennsylvania only.) Keeping track of changes is hard, but phone numbers and cover charges are included when possible.
The United States Department of Agriculture determined that emerald ash borer has gained territory through transport of timber, nursery stock and firewood. Commendably, federal and state environmental departments have quarantines and strict rules to prevent the movement of invasive pests in...
3 ways to cool your house and none of them cost you money.
Pulling out the old instrument and shaking up those brain cells a bit, joking around with buddies, giving pleasure to audiences, and making some pretty good music – “A community band is a lot like Heaven,” admits one of the band’s past presidents. Learn about the Exeter (PA) Community Band.
A traveling exhibit affiliated with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri is making one-day stops throughout the country. It is free.
Some of the films coming out are very unrealistic in depicting individuals with cancer. As a cancer caregiver. I rate three films on realism.
The true story of Deputy Sheriff K-9 dog Jynx, who alerted a police task force to the location of a sniper, and tried to pull his wounded partner to safety. June 29, 2011 in Berks County, PA.
The sons of the late Princess Diana - comments on the book Diana’s Boys: William and Harry and the Mother They Loved.
Review of the excellent, professional U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors traveling band.
A photo-filled example of the gardens of a homeowner growing vegetables and flowers combined together in her front yard. Yes, the various foliage and shapes work wonderfully! 15 photos.
Humorous story of trying to convince the West Nile Virus screening agency to come test after finding a dead bird in the yard three times in short succession.
How to find and evaluate great gently-used clothing, purses, shoes at salvation army, goodwill, and thrift shops for even less than a dollar! The author bought a used Liz Claiborne purse for 91 cents.
Gardeners - Nativeseeds.org -SEARCH offers heirloom seeds especially suitable for the arid southwest USA and Northwest Mexico through its on-line catalogue and its retail store in Tucson, AZ.
Cat adoption is when a cat chooses you. In this case, a streetwise tabby in North Philly broke into a bachelor's apartment and stayed.
In Berks County, PA, as real estate developers gobble up farmland to make housing tracts, townhouses and condos suburbs, the people clamor for old-fashioned Farmers' Markets. In recent years, many townships and boroughs are creating such markets.
My cat supervised me as I wrote a demonstration article. This is the back story.
Step-by-step photos and instruction on how children can make a corn husk doll (sometimes with a little help.) Includes 15 color photos. Very simple supplies used and the author's personal experience tips.