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Angels abound this season, even in public restrooms

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

’Tis the season for warnings.

We can’t open our bank statements or bills or newspapers and magazines without seeing bold-print messages about being scammed or robbed while we are out and about shopping and celebrating.

We are told to guard our credit cards. Hang on to wallets and purses. Beware of street-corner mailboxes. Watch out for the gas pump, too.

I concede some “bad guys” are out to get us as we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of festivities, but I also think the good guys outnumber the bad.

And not just because Santa is watching.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS The world is our classroom

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

I am a lifelong student. I try to learn something new every day.

No, I don’t sit in a classroom semester after semester, year after year, or take courses on the Internet, although I would enjoy both of those pursuits, too.

I always loved school, from first grade through grad school.

To me, the whole world is a gigantic classroom, full of fascinating free lessons for all of us.

Some folks partake of this wonderful opportunity to gain more knowledge, while others pass up the chance.

VINTAGE YEARS Life’s burdens need not defeat us

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Whenever I see an ad or a label proclaiming, “One size fits all,” I know the item will fit almost nobody. At least it won’t fit very well.

I get the same feeling when I hear cliché phrases meant to encourage or sympathize.

Recently, I heard a woman tell an acquaintance who had just lost her 11-year-old son, “God never gives us more burdens than we can bear.”

The bereaved mother became irate.

“I disagree. This is much more than I can handle,” she retorted.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Achieve immortality

When I looked at the calendar this morning, I realized today is my late husband’s birthday.

It’s hard to believe he is dead for more years than we were married, because in many ways he influenced my life and thus continues to live in me.

Because of him, I stopped biting my nails. For the first 22 years of my life I was a consummate fingernail chewer.

Erasers and rubber dolls were not safe in my presence, either.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

March into spring

The old gray sweatshirt now has a hole.

Given to me more than 50 years ago, it looks like something I should be using to scrub the kitchen floor.

Yet I still wear it around the house and have no plans to banish the shirt to the rag bag.

Why? Because in faded letters it proclaims across the front, “I act different because I am different.”

The friend who gave me that sweatshirt really knew me. Truer words would be hard, if not impossible, to find.

Living the Vintage Years For well-being, make the right move

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

I am a person who doesn’t like change.

In our fast-changing world, that’s not a good way to be, I guess, but it’s the way I am.

Usually I don’t think about the subject much, but this past weekend three things happened that put the focus on change and got my attention.

A friend in New Jersey told me she is selling her home and car and moving to a continuing care retirement community.

Another friend, who, for financial reasons, had moved to a senior high-rise apartment and hated his new living arrangements, died.

Words have consequences

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Words are powerful.

Think about it. Those distinct elements of speech or writing have caused war, divorce, murder and other atrocities.

All that mayhem because of words, which are nothing more than sounds that come out of our mouths or squiggly lines and circles and loops and dots connected in different patterns.

Different sequences of words can lead to healing and peace and love.

Sometimes our brains and tongues don’t consult with each other before words come spilling out of our mouths.

Living the Vintage Years Words have consequences

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Words are powerful.

Think about it. Those distinct elements of speech or writing have caused war, divorce, murder and other atrocities.

All that mayhem because of words, which are nothing more than sounds that come out of our mouths or squiggly lines and circles and loops and dots connected in different patterns.

Different sequences of words can lead to healing and peace and love.

Sometimes our brains and tongues don’t consult with each other before words come spilling out of our mouths.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS Some history is absent from textbooks, classrooms

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Last week I discovered history in a packet of letters my mother had kept since World War II.

The timing was perfect. Just when our nation’s brave men and women who served in the military were being honored and celebrated on Veterans Day, I was immersed in the innocent musings of a young soldier who paid the ultimate price for his service.

Robert was killed in action in France at the age of 22.

He and I share DNA. He was an uncle I never got to meet.

One of eight children, Robert was closest in age to his younger sister, my mother.

There’s a link between hand and paw and wing

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

A lot of fortunate animals received blessings in the last few weeks.

When my church began holding blessing of the animals services in 2004, we were one of very few, if not the only local church, to perform this special service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

This year, I saw notices for at least 10 such services at Lehigh Valley religious institutions. I am elated.

From the beginning, I not only helped our (now deceased) pastor design the service, I also became immersed in the program through my music.