I read a book that a client gave me while I was on vacation recently. The book is titled “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke. The book’s main theme is to take a hard look at your life and see what you have actually done with it. This is an internal reflection of what really is important to you individually. Is it your family, faith, work, awards and accomplishments, social status, helping others including volunteering? The book asks repeatedly, “If you died today (death can come at any age), what have you actually done with your life?”
Thank you all who commented on my Oct. 17 Editor’s View on dealing with our Generation Y, Z and millennial family members. It is good to know I am not alone in my frustration with our younger generation not wanting “things” — instead wanting experiences.
Since that Editor’s View, conversations have continued with the fact our children and grandchildren will not want our things when we are gone.
I am a person who sees the value of and appreciates the connection with things from my grandparents that my youngest has already said he will not want.
You know it is bad when a tweet like this appears in your feed.
“Statewide PENNDOT update. Speed Restrictions. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph throughout PA.”
Twitter users received that message Nov. 15 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation when a powerful snowstorm blasted into the state.
Drivers experienced the pounding weather firsthand.
Area roadways went from snow dusted to covered to dangerously slippery in what seemed like a flash.
Roads and highways closed.
Thank goodness. It is finally Thanksgiving, and Christmas is right around the corner. That means it is publicly acceptable for me to watch the holiday movie “Miracle on 34th Street.” (I may or may not have started to watch this film before Halloween. Don’t ask my husband.)
A few months ago, two postcards were delivered to my mailbox. They were sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and addressed to my daughters.
The subject of the mailing was “Important Information from PennDOT About REAL ID.” According to the postcards, because their very first driver’s licenses were issued after September 2003, PennDOT might have all the information required for a REAL ID and they might be able to avoid going to a driver’s license center.
Veterans Day celebrates all who served our country honorably in both war and peace times.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and observed the anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11, 1919. This day has continued as a celebration of those who served our country. It was declared a national holiday in 1938, and the name change became official in 1954.
Armistice Day was made a national holiday “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace,” according to the USDVA.
To vote or not to vote
That is the question
Whether it is better
to refrain from voicing
Or living with the results
of our decisions
Is something each
citizen of voting age
has to decide
Could it be that you
have always voted for
the WRONG man?
To that, I reply,
Elect a woman!
Could it be that you
feel your vote
will not count?
It will if you
Could it be that
you are disappointed
with the quality
of each candidate?
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. To be in the window and watch people being sent to concentration camps or being attacked in the street and do nothing, that’s being dead. (Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 27, 1986)
Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you and in front of you.
To the Editor:
The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV) is deeply shocked at the horrific incident of mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. There is absolutely no justification for such an act in any religion. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed or injured. Our prayers are with all those who are affected by these senseless atrocities.
MALV stands with the Jewish community during this testing time. No person, regardless of their religious affiliation, should ever be afraid to openly practice their faith.
One of the most powerful storms to hit the United States slammed into the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane Oct. 10 before moving on to Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.
After the hurricane hit, I was glued to the television, watching live news broadcasts showing the destruction. As I watched TV the next day, one Weather Channel broadcast on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael touched me emotionally.