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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Anxiety

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The monster in your chest is unruly,

He claws, and he roars,

And he traipses around

And he acts like he

owns your body.

You feel like you’re running and spinning,

But you’re not,

You’re just simply sitting.

Whether lies, fears, rumors,

will soon become tumors

that plant in your stomach and

heart.

Like a vine that is creeping

to your soul it is seeping

the anxiety now becomes a part.

Soon...

Respectfully Yours: Boss’s texting

Friday, April 19, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am a grad student with a part-time job. I recently started a second part-time job working in my field. I am excited and love the opportunity to begin working in my area of expertise. I’m several weeks into the new job and am discovering my new boss will text me at all hours. He is texting me work-related problems that I feel should be discussed in person. Is it acceptable for a boss to send text messages to you about work, outside of working hours?

Dear Reader...

Three Poems

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Walk Away Girl

Someone was rude to me today

I walked away

Their eyes were still as hard as hard clay

The Calm Girl

When someone is rude

They would not let me play

But I stay calm

Kind and Smart

I feel like

I’m perfect me

If anyone is mean I’ll walk away

Abigail Brown

Age 9, Grade 4

Freemansburg Elementary School

Bethlehem Area School District

The Press 14th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 14th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages on the Press websites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 15 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR...

Theater Review: ‘Chances’ are good at Pines Dinner Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Not everyone gets a second chance in life, unless he or she is lucky enough to see The Pines Dinner Theatre’s upbeat production of “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical,” continuing through May 12.

Conceived and written by Thomas Ross Prather, “Second Chances” is the story of a beloved church thrift shop that is in danger of being razed to make room for condos. The shop gets its second chance, just like the treasures it sells, when its staff pulls together to save the day.

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The Family Project: Get child to listen

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Why won’t my three-year-old listen to me? I have to tell him things over and over again, but he doesn’t listen.

Panelist Kristy Bernard said she wanted to know in what types of scenarios is the son not listening to his mother. “Are there other distractions happening when she is talking to him?” she asked, then said that it is normal for three-year-olds not to listen.

“You have to go back to the fact that the boy is three,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “What might be...

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Those of us of a certain age may recall “Shazam!” as a catchphrase of Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) on the hit TV shows, “The Andy Griffth Show” (1960-1968) and “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” (1964-1969).

Comic-book collectors and fans will know that “Shazam!” as a word that, when exclaimed by Billy Batson (Asher Angel in the movie), transforms him into an adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi in the movie).

The DC Extended Universe extends a bit more with the addition of the superhero Shazam...

Heart valve replacement at St. Luke’s similar to procedure for Mick Jagger

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Elinor LaDue doesn’t sing rock ‘n’ roll but does have at least one thing in common with Mick Jagger, frontman for the Rolling Stones.

She and Jagger both had a non-surgical heart procedure to implant an artificial aortic valve, replacing their original “native” valves.

On Feb. 5, LaDue, an 80-year-old Allentown mother, became the 500th patient to undergo a TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure at St. Luke’s Hospital - Bethlehem.

TAVR is a non-surgical...