Sunday, March 1, 2015

Taking A Month Off.

   This is my month off.
   I know. I know. I'm "retired" so
everyday is a day off.
   But this one is special. No! Not
because it's Saint David's Day.
Although I do appreciate them
setting aside a day for somebody
named David.
    No. This day is special because
of all those days most months
    You know. 30 days hath
September, April, June and
     As family members and some
of the rest of you know most of
the special days noted by my wife
and I fall on the 29th of particular
     I gave her my Class ring on one
29th. We got engaged on another
29th. And we got married on the
29th of still another month.
    It's easy to remember those various
"anniversaries" and........I usually
get February off! Most Februaries,
of course, hath no 29th. Leap year
is a different story.
    So, today is my month off. I don't
have to remember anything. At
least I don't think I have to remember
     Just in case, I brought some roses
home last week. Maybe I'll pencil a
29 in that blank box after February
28th and we can "hath" our own
     Hope you know what day it is
and that all your NEWS is good!

Saturday, February 28, 2015


     My wife can do almost anything!
     She spins wool. She cooks. She
cleans. She works with tools, although
part of her strategy in that case is to
make sure tools don't fall into my hands.
She does jig saw and crossword puzzles
that I won't go near.
    She can do nearly everything. With
one exception!
    My wife cannot handle shredded
     Many people, my brother-in-law
and one close friend immediately come
to mind, have a compulsion about
adding shredded cheese to whatever
Italian dish they're eating. Keep in mind
that dishes of that sort tend to come
covered in cheese as they're served.
      And yet those of whom I speak
will take a table cheese dispenser,
remove the lid, and pour its contents
liberally over their food.
      My wife does the same thing.
Except, in her case, here's usually
no food beneath the dispenser.
      When in the company of my
daughter my wife is not permitted
to handle any cheese in shredded
form. She has repeatedly
demonstrated her inability to hold
such a container without dumping
generous portions on the table or the
      Yesterday as I worked with my
laptop my wife prepared pizza for
dinner. As many of you may already
be aware, pizza is already topped
with cheese.
      But, unbeknownst to me, my
wife grabbed a container cheese
so add to her side of the pie. I don't
know how much, if any, actually
reached the pizza. But our kitchen
floor now has the distinct aroma
of Parmesan.
       Hope we can keep the mice
away and that all your NEWS is


Friday, February 27, 2015

Read All About It!

     It's a great day to Read all
about it! In fact, it's "Read Me Day!"
     Read Me Day was started in
1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher
at East Hickman Elementary School
in Lyles, Tenn.
     The purpose of the event was to
celebrate the importance of reading.
      I like people who read. Especially
those who read my Blog!
     My wife reads all the time and I've
got a grand daughter who loves to
     I don't read as much as I used to.
That may be because I seem to be
writing all the time. Of course I
usually do read what I've written. 
    Many folks will tell you they
don't have time to read because they're
on the road all the time.
     I thought about that the other day
as we were driving to Binghamton
to meet some friends for lunch.
     I didn't have a book along. So
I decided to read some of the
Billboards. That was probably a
    Some were instructional,
suggesting places where you might
stop in your travels.
     But more and more on them
refer you to web sites. My friend's
car has a lot of options.  But a 
laptop isn't one of them. That's
probably just as well. I'd rather
have him watching the road than
checking goggle for a web address.  
      So, by all means, pick out a
good book today and celebrate.
It beats a billboard any day! 
       Hope your reading glasses
are handy and that all your NEWS
is good!    


Thursday, February 26, 2015

For Pete's Sake!

     In case you haven't already heard,
it's February 26th which is also known
as "For Pete's Sake Day."
     As a guy who is not prone to use
profanity I'm not only in favor of this
"holiday," I'd like to see it extended!
     It's a day to encourage everyone
to replace swear words with those
more acceptable to general society.
     Here's an example. You miss
the nail and hit your thumb with a
hammer. An incident like that could
lead to all kinds of expletives. But,
instead, one could shout.."Oh Sugar!"
     Admittedly you're more likely
to restrain yourself if whatever
annoys you happens when you're in
polite, or mixed, company.
      In my case it's hearing profanity,
or seeing it on line, that gets me
annoyed in the first place!
      "Darn!" How come we hear so
many curses when nobody even has
a hammer? 
       "For crying out loud" can't we
be more civil? 
        "Shoot!" Let's try to clean
things up a bit!
         "For Pete's sake" let's stop
all this cussing!
         Hope I don't have to get out
the Lifebuoy.....and that all your
NEWS is good!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One Small Mall

  Malls have been going through some
tough times lately. I wonder if it's
because some just got too big for their
  I saw a special on television the other
night about the borough of West
  I've always like the town. I walk there
often, when weather permits.
  The special highlighted the history of
the community as well as some of the
merchants that call West Pittston home.
   I especially liked the segments on
Blue Ribbon Dairy and Ballyhoo's, two
old fashion Ice Cream parlors in the
same town. That's reason enough to go
   But there's two other business places
that didn't make it to the TV show. And
they're an interesting combination that
sit side-by-side in what I've come to
call the Small Mall.
   It's an old brick building easily
missed if you drive by too quickly.
One side holds an old fashion Barber
shop straight out of the 50's and 60's
while the other boosts a Vacuum
Cleaner sales and repair store.
    I guess you could say they're both
"cleaning up."
    At a time when men and women
are looking for Stylists to get their
hair done and most folks head to
Walmart for a new unit whenever
their Bissell breaks, you've got to
wonder what keeps small shops like
these going.
     The barber and the shop keeper
say it's service and the loyalty of
their regular customers.
      I suspect price may have something
to do with it too. A shave and a haircut
may not be "two bits" anymore. But
10 bucks seems like a bargain compared
to some of those fancy stylist places.
     Whatever the secret it's kind of neat
to see a couple of "small guys" making
a go of it even if they're not making a
      Hope they keep on keeping on and
that all your NEWS is good!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Oscar

    It should come as no surprise to
regular readers. I am a fan of Movies!
    My Dad was a projectionist. My
second home was the old Capitol
Theater in Hazleton.
    It was not unusual for me to see
a double feature on a weekend
afternoon then take in two more at
the Drive In that same night.
    I watched a good deal of the
Academy Awards on TV Sunday
evening. And I've personally seen
3 of this year's award winning films
so far. I plan to see more.
    I had one eye on the television
during the awards ceremony and the
other on Facebook on my computer.
Also, yesterday morning, I had an
ear turned to local Talk radio where
many listeners offered their comments
about the winners and losers.
    I was amazed by the number of
writers and listeners who criticized
the Academy's selections while, at
the same time, admitting they had
either not been to a movie for months
or years or had not seen any of the
pictures that captured awards!
    Many, a great many, were upset
because "American Sniper" was
virtually left out. Yet some of its
supporters never actually saw the
    They seemed to feel the real
life heroics of the movie's main
character should have been
celebrated with an award for the film.
     The amount of criticism has me
thinking we should have another
awards competition. Nominees
would be selected from those who
complain about movies...but seldom
(if ever) go to see them!
     Winners in my competition
would receive a special Oscar
befitting their intelligence with
regard to the motion picture industry!

Hope you're NOT a nominee and that
all your NEWS is good!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cabin Fever

     All dressed up and no place to go!
     That's the way it's been for far too
many days during this short month of
February. Sure seems long!
      Bitter cold temperatures, snow,
wind chill factors, and ice here and
       The streets around my house
were still a slippery mess yesterday
morning. But, as the day wore on,
temperatures finally above freezing
and a little bit of sunshine gave us
hope that there's light at the end of
       Of course by the time the streets
were clear there was still no place to
go. I spent some time watching the
iceberg outside my porch show signs
of receding. Forecasts suggest it may
soon rebuild itself/
     But watching the slow melt did
little to cure my Cabin fever so I did
the only logical thing I could think
     I went for ice cream. I figured it
would bring down the fever! And I
went to a dairy where you can still
buy an actual half gallon! So I did!
So far, so good!
     Hope the malt holds out and that
all your NEWS is good!