It seems as if the end of the school year was just last week. But here we are, Aug. 16, and many schools begin classes Aug. 27.
As August is when students return to school, this month is National Back to School Month.
According to nationaldaycalendar.com, “National Back to School Month has been observed since the 1960s.
“The school year has traditionally begun in the fall and ended in late spring, allowing the children of farmers in our agricultural society to help with planting and harvesting.
If you know someone who is suffering alone
And calls you to tell you their grief;
Don’t criticize or say you are busy,
Give them relief,
Let them tell you their story and get it all out;
Even if you’ve heard it before.
When someone is suffering,
they need you to care
So, open your heart,
As people get older, they seem to repeat,
and say the same things all the time.
If it makes no sense or has no reason or rhyme,
Be a good person,
As the rain continued to fall Friday night and our local waterways rose ever higher, emergency personnel sounded the alarm, alerting residents a flash flood warning was in effect.
Cue the thunder, lightning and blinding downpours.
All phones in my house began to blare with the emergency notification, a signal not easily ignored. Police and fire departments posted messages on social media to tell residents of road closings due to creeks and streams spilling over their banks.
In the Lehigh Valley, 3-plus inches of rain had fallen from noon Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.
·Center For Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with morning cleanings, attend off-site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help.
Contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722 ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are millions of people in the world,
In every corner of the earth,
Each person has his own values,
Each person has his own worth.
Amazingly, we are different,
There are no two alike;
Except twins, of course,
They look alike, and sound alike,
But, may not think alike
Each person has his own mind;
To plan his own destiny.
Each one sets his own goals in life,
Including you and me.
Some people become scientists,
Doctors, nurses, too.
Artists, lawyers, teachers,
Please cut out this article and post at your workplaces, faith-based organizations, banks and post offices — but more importantly, give it to people you know who would help WIC recipients and seniors. Many may not receive this paper to know about this program.
The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provide WIC recipients and low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania.
Oppressive heat defines these days
Plants parched by lack of rain
Suffer dehydration unto death
While we humans succumb
to a malaise of sloth
What we face in our world:
Rampant corporate greed at high levels
Unemployed workers as Labor Day nears
Farmers whose crops are a loss
Floods in other lands
Wars and rumors of wars
All of this produces for us
Not the cooler air of September
Not clear rational minds
But rather ...
The Anguish of August
“What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” -Edgar Allan Poe
Beer lovers around the world are looking forward to a different kind of holiday. International Beer Day (IBD) will be celebrated Aug. 3 this year.
According to the official International Beer Day website, this event has taken place the first Friday in August since its inception in 2007, and is celebrated in 200 cities globally, 80 countries and six continents. The day is intended to “unite the world through beer.”
·American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Bethlehem, is looking for individuals to volunteer at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Heart Walk Sept. 22. We will provide lunch. Event will be held at ArtsQuest SteelStacks on Founders Way. Contact Andrea King, 484-245-6262, email@example.com.
·ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, needs volunteers as it celebrates its 35th anniversary of Musikfest, a volunteer-driven festival benefiting Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.
Sign up at artsquest.org/volunteer.
Over the years, I have written about how my three (now adult) children have vacillated between thinking their parents are bumbling idiots to believing that we are seers full of enlightenment and wisdom. As I move from being the parent to the consultant/coach for our youngest child, my ideas or suggestions are often met with “Yes, mother! I know that, mother!”
Clearly, we are currently in bumbling idiot mode.
My son moved out of his college apartment last May along with three of his roommates. The one remaining guy stayed until August.