Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Adirondacks prove to be an antidote for one who is sense-less.
My bike ride each day in the Adirondack Mountains last week would start on a paved road where I’d pass a few log cabins that are bigger than my house. Then the paved road turned to dirt, the cabins turned to shacks and everything got quiet. I’d smell delicious whiffs of balsam trees and feel the crisp mountain air – weightless after the heavy humidity we left in the Lehigh Valley. Sometimes I’d catch sight of young whitetail bucks with the beginnings of antlers. The cabins on that road were a mishmash – some as neat as a pin with freshly mowed grass next to others that were so overgrown they appeared to have been swallowed by the forest. Modernity shared quarters with yesteryear: cabins with satellite dishes were neighbors of those with …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Margie Peterson won top category award in the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association for three Patch columns -- on death, school vouchers and gay marriage.
Patch columnist Margie Peterson is a first place winner in the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association journalism contest, for three columns published on Patch in 2011. Peterson won in the Columns Category for: "Margie's thoughtful and carefully researched columns have proven to spark lively discussions on our 11 Lehigh Valley Patch websites," said Patch Regional Editor Susan Koomar. "She has a faithful following from her tenure at The Morning Call and is now finding many new fans via local digital journalism. "Patch readers can see her column online every Thursday and post their comments and questions to join the community conversation." Peterson has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Her first journalism job was with the …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Columnist has been living at libraries since gods of technology snatched her Internet service.
The gods of technology are angry with me for dissing Facebook in last week’s column and have been withholding the Internet from my home. In my defense, I said some nice things about Facebook too – hear that cyber gods? – but also that the storm and blackout showed how people need to cultivate flesh and blood friends. Our electricity came back on Wednesday after the storm but we still don’t have a working Internet, television or landline telephone. Lack of WiFi at home has led me to spend a good chunk of every day at Starbucks at the South Mall in Allentown and in public libraries. This is what I’ve learned: 1) There truly is a limit to the amount of coffee one person can drink; and 2) Public libraries are among the unsung heroes of our …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The social network has this right: Friend is a verb.
In a commercial for the Toyota Venza, a young woman sitting at a computer says, “I read an article, well I read the majority of an article online, about how older people are becoming more and more anti-social. So I was really aggressive with my parents about joining Facebook.” She adds sarcastically: “My parents are up to 19 friends now." The commercial cuts to her smiling parents driving with their bikes mounted on the top of the car and then shows scenes of them mountain biking with friends. The camera flashes back to the daughter sitting alone with her computer. She says: “I have 687 friends. This is living.” When the snowstorm and the resulting power outage hit Saturday and the hours without electricity turned to days, I’m betting …
Election Day is coming up on Nov. 8. Here's a little cautionary tale about what can happen if you don't get out there and exercise that right!
1. Weather: Mostly sunny today. The National Weather Service forecast for our area says the high will be near 59 degrees. 2. In Case You Missed It: The fight over Lower Mac's zoning amendment gets even more contentious. 3. How 'bout It? Why not take a second and "Like" us on Facebook? We'll keep bringing you news and good stories. Annnnd...we'll like you back! All that for one little click. Thanks! 4. Coming Up: Don't miss Margie Peterson's latest "Life in the Slow Lane" column. 5. Today in History: On this day in 1998, former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota with 37 percent of the vote.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Here are some of the dumb things to avoid saying.
When someone close to you dies, you become a member of a club you’d rather not join. My initiation five years ago when my father passed away was both a revelation and a lesson in etiquette. Before that, I had no idea what to say to people in that situation; I was sure that any mention of their loss would cause more pain. Turns out “I’m so sorry” is usually enough; philosophizing on how God must have needed another angel is way too much. Before performing a funeral, a clergyman I know typically asks the deceased’s loved ones what was the dumbest thing anyone has said to them about their loss. The answers range from “God wanted her more than you did” to “Do you think you’ll remarry?” But for most of us, the problem is not so much saying …
Grab the umbrella again. No, really.
1. Weather: The National Weather Service forecast for our area says there's a 100 percent chance of rain today, and a high temp near 54 degrees. And we could get up to a half inch of new rain. 2. In Case You Missed It: Mike Delre is an engineer for the Lower Macungie Fire Department. 3. Get Those Costumes Ready! You could win a trip to New York to meet Heidi Klum! Just upload a photo of your trick-or-treater. Here's more information. 4. Coming Up: Don't miss "Life in the Slow Lane" by Margie Peterson. She cracks me up. Or makes me cry. Either one. 5. Today in History: At 2:35 p.m. on this day in 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan took the controls on the inaugural run of the city's innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Open Gate Farm Tour Shows Need for Farmland Preservation.
Urbane Byler remembers the time when a teacher on a field trip to his Slatington-area farm asked her young students what products come from chickens. He recalls: “One of the kids said, ‘We get eggs and Chicken McNuggets.’ ” True enough, although in the McNuggets’ case, I think you could argue any resemblance to chickens living or dead is purely coincidental. In a day and age when kids have to put down their X-Box controls to check a text message on their Smart Phones while Skyping a pal on their laptops, Byler’s Farm is a revelation. Every October since 1987, this low-tech operation has been teaching school children about where their food comes from with the help of a cow, a flock of chickens, goats, apple trees, a cider press and pumpkin …
1. Weather: There's a chance of showers this morning before 8 a.m., but the National Weather Service forecast for our area says it should be sunny after that with a high near 63 degrees. 2. In Case You Missed It: Somebody out there has won $250,000 in the Mega Millions Lottery. Is it you? 3. Quote of the Day: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill. 4. Coming Up: Margie Peterson talks about farms in her weekly column "Life in the Slow Lane" at 6 a.m. 5. Today in History: On this day in 1994, Burt Lancaster, a former circus performer who rose to fame as a Hollywood leading man with some 70 movies to his credit, including From Here to Eternity and Atlantic City…
Friday, October 14, 2011
Feeling soggy again yet? You will after today!
1. Weather: The National Weather Service forecast for our area predicts a 70 percent chance of up to another half inch of rain today. High temp will be near 71 degrees. 2. In Case You Missed It: Arts are good for business. 3. Event of the Day: Bear Creek Mountain Resort holds it's annual Fall Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, rain or shine, at the resort. 4. Coming Up: Figure out where Vespa is this week? Find out for sure at 1 p.m. 5. Today in History: On this day in 1964,African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. At 35 years of age, the Georgia-born minister was the youngest person ever to receive the award.