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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Green Book’ quite a trip

Friday, January 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Green Book” is a road movie about travels through the United States south when there was no light left on at motels along the highway for persons of color.

In the film, which is based on a true story, Dr. Don Shirley (played by the remarkable Mahershala Ali) is a jazz concert pianist booked for a concert tour in the midwest and the racially-segregated south of the U.S. in 1962. Dr. Shirley hires a driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (played by the great Viggo Mortensen), who doubles as a...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, January 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana, wheat bread.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie, wheat bread.

Friday, Jan. 25: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, zucchini, applesauce, wheat bread.

Monday, Jan. 28: Meatball sub, Capri blend vegetables, berry crisp, wheat roll.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Turkey and biscuit, peas and carrots, orange.

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Healthy Geezer: Three from email bag

Friday, January 25, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How does acupuncture work?

Studies show that stimulating “acupoints” causes multiple biologic responses. The stimulation can prompt the release of the body’s natural pain-killing endorphins.

By the 3rd century B.C., the Chinese documented a medical system based on qi (pronounced “chee”), a concept of vital energy believed to flow throughout the body.

Qi is said to regulate a person’s physical, spiritual, emotional and mental balance. Advocates of Traditional Chinese...

Billy Strings connects with bluegrass roots

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Billy Strings is a phenomenon, and one of the most popular young bluegrass guitarists today.

Billy Strings opens for Greensky Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan 31, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 10 “New Country Artists to Know” in 2017, and in 2018 published an article hailing him as “one of the latest breakneck guitar pickers to emerge in the bluegrass world.”

Named one of six “New Rising Stars of Bluegrass” by Acoustic Guitar magazine in 2017, the...

Respectfully Yours: Turning the tables

Friday, January 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I was out to dinner with my husband and after we were seated, I quickly realized I was seated next to a blazing heater and right under a sound speaker. I asked our server if we could switch to a different table. She moved us to another table but seemed annoyed. Is it bad manners to ask for a different table when you’ve already been seated?

Dear Reader, Sometimes it’s OK. Sometimes, it’s not. The most common restaurant protocol calls for a server to check with the host...

The Family Project: Decision about marriage

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Steve and I have been living together for four years, and we are thinking about starting a family. Is it important for children to have married parents? We are fine as we are, but not sure whether getting married is the right thing.

In answering this question, the panel discussed it from several different perspectives.

Panelist Kristy Bernard said that the decision about marriage had to be the right thing for the family: “I don’t think there is a ‘right thing’ anymore. It is...

‘Ella’ takes the stage: Allentown Symphony Pops, vocalists, pay tribute to icon

Friday, January 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Aisha De Haas was growing up in Chicago, the jazz sounds of Ella Fitzgerald were part of her aural landscape.

Her father was a jazz bassist, her mother a vocalist, and the family had moved to the Windy City to play jazz.

“She sang and he played,” De Haas says. “I was introduced to this music in the womb.”

De Haas is one of three singers paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz in “A Tribute to Ella,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

De Haas...

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Monday, January 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.

The bank has foreclosed on Earl’s greenhouse, where the award-winning horticulturalist meticulously and lovingly raises day-lillies...

Growing Green: Bird-feeder seeds

Friday, January 18, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

In much of North America, winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold. Nights are long and even colder.

The lush, berry-laden vegetation of summer and fall has withered and been consumed. Most insects are dead or dormant. Birds may have difficulty finding enough food during the short winter days to fuel their internal furnaces.

Setting up a backyard bird-feeder makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable.

During the spring and summer months,...