As I finished the pages for this week's Parkland Press early Tuesday morning, I had one eye and ear cast in the direction of the television.
Pope Francis was being installed as the new Bishop of Rome; the spiritual leader of some 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide and the head of state of the Vatican.
Such power and authority could easily turn the head of many a man.
Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, however, does not appear to be one of those men.
What's important in this journey we are all on called life?
Is it our job titles and the power and respect attached to our professions, careers and employment pursuits that make a difference?
Or, are the salaries we receive, the cars we drive and the apartments and homes we live in factors in determining our worth and our happiness?
Recently a friend's father passed away. He was, in more ways than one, a mentor of mine and a father figure.
While the legal battle over release of public-school employee home addresses has continued to rage in Pennsylvania's appellate courts, another aspect of the home address debate is settled.
In Czech v. County of York, a unanimous panel of the Commonwealth Court clarified the parameters of the Right-to-Know Law's exemption for 911 records and information, holding that the law does not exempt address information from "time response logs."
As often as possible, I stop what I am doing on a Saturday evening to watch the latest episode of "Too Cute" on the Animal Planet channel.
Last weekend I managed to catch the show. I took a break from loading the dishwasher, flopped into the recliner and began viewing a program about three sets of kittens.
Baby animals are indeed too cute as they get into all sorts of mischief and predicaments while exploring their environment and pursuing the quest for independence.
The alcohol-fueled alleged serial rape of a 16-year-old Ohio girl by two of her similarly impaired classmates – not to mention the drunken videotaped commentary of others – points yet again to the imperative that adult America renews its commitment to address as a true national community those issues that most threaten the health, safety and forward development of youth.
It is a priority that carries with it, in Dr. Martin Luther King's words, "the fierce urgency of now."
I am not a moviegoer, but this weekend, while surfing the Web, I came across a documentary "A Place at the Table."
The documentary, which features actor Jeff Bridges, examines the issue of hunger in America through the eyes of three families in Philadelphia, Colorado and Mississippi.
My mother, Dorothy, 84, offered her comments after watching the movie.
"It's [hunger] bad here at home," she said. "You do not have to worry about going to another country to see it."
She is right.
With the Lenten season upon us, I have heard folks discussing what they might give up between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
One man joked that as he has aged, he's had to give up so much, he has nothing left to sacrifice.
That comment brought to mind a couple in their 70s, friends of ours, who no longer travel because they say packing all their medications and medical devices is too much trouble.
Salisbury High School presented an assembly recently on the dangers of sexting – this seminar was offered by District Attorney Jim Martin's office for school districts in the Lehigh Valley.
Sexting is described as taking a nude picture of yourself or someone else with cellphone cameras and texting it to others or posting nude photos of yourself on social media such as Facebook or MySpace.
If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes.
I first heard that saying while visiting Maine, but I think there's some truth to it here, too.
Friday was absolutely beautiful. I took in the sunshine and enjoyed a 75-minute walk through the neighborhoods of Coplay. It was so nice out I didn't wear a coat and, at one point, I even took off my cardigan sweater.
Saturday wasn't bad but it was definitely colder. By Sunday, the winds made it feel downright frigid.