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The Historian: Himmelsbriefen were in most homes

By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box

    I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, “Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down” chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety. Despite my various efforts, my made from scratch attempts were oily and bland. Come to think if it, I’ve even found many boxed mixes to be disappointments as well. They’re too bland, too dry, not...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Person to person - Impact: The Lady in Red

    For many years I was quite reserved and in most cases kept my thoughts to myself. Then I entered a period of “Internal Sweats”. Someone would do or say something that I knew was not correct (at least from my standpoint) and those Internal Sweats would build up until I just had to say something to the person. This story occurred in the early to mid-1990s.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Columns

    Ask Esther: Should I be concerned about a septic system inspection?

    I am planning to sell my home but have heard nightmare stories from coworkers concerning septic inspections. My home is about 40 years old but I have had no problems with my septic system. Should I be concerned about this?

    By Esther Prosser Columnist |

  • Columns

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Selma’ marches to greatness; ‘Still Alice’ takes the easy route

    “Still Alice” is likely three times the film it would be without its central performance – a tremendous turn by Julianne Moore, who adds texture and detail where the script often glosses over such. The film suffers from what might be described as Lifetime movie-ism: a tendency to simplify its subject matter, which is by definition very deep, and in turn resorting to easier emotional ploys. This kind of material is an emotional mine field, particularly for anyone who can...

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

  • Columns

    Focus on the Family: Grandparents want to help, not butt in, with new baby

    Question: How can grandparents help new parents without wearing out their welcome? I’m excited to play an active and positive role in my grandchild’s life, but I want to be careful to respect appropriate boundaries with my son and daughter-in-law.

    By Jim Daly Columnist |

  • Food

    What’s Cooking with Linda: Grab a soup mug of Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder, sit by the fire

    It’s time to put a movie on, light the fire place and grab a soup mug of this awesome Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder. Lenore Lasowecky, Fleetwood, shares this recipe for a hearty flavorful soup.

    By Linda Yuengel Columnist |

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: The Importance of the Church & Faith in our Pennsylvania Dutch

    As we see our church numbers dwindle and only somewhat filling during the Christmas and Easter times, we need to take a step back and remember how strong religion and faith was to our ancestors driving them to pave the way and persevere in a new and unknowing with unparallel bravery in crossing the mighty Atlantic, and the tremendous hardship they faced in death of loved ones, cold, hunger, and doubt. Even if your heritage is not Pennsylvania Dutch, one can read, appreciate, and draw...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: The Real Story of Mountain Mary, part 2

    As noted last week, there is very little reliable information about the legendary figure Mountain Mary of Pike Township, Berks County.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • News

    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Nuts to your New Year’s Diet resolutions

    I don’t bake healthy. I do not bake gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, or vegan-friendly items and I’m perfectly OK with that decision. I use butter, processed non-whole grain, white flour and refined white sugar and I do not have any way of effectively controlling whether the components of my baked goods are derived from GMO seeds. I don’t make excuses for not baking healthy. Since the Black Buggy Baking Company is entering its ninth year in existence this...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller ‘Whiplash’ earns its title

    For all intents and purposes, “Whiplash” is a monster movie -- it doesn’t exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like “Gravity” approached space travel. The finer points, be they the laws of physics or the kind...

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

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