Local Columns

’Tis the season to be reading

It’s Christmas Eve. How will you spend the day? Will books be involved? If I was a betting woman (and I am) I’d wager that whether you actually pick up a book today or not, literature and passages/ quotes from books will be a part of your day. Will you think/say “T’was the night ...

Reader confessions

“I’m just too busy to read in December,” stated empathically. “I wish I had more time to read during the holidays,” said apologetically. “I can’t seem to get everything ready for Christmas so reading had to go,” uttered lamentedly. “There simply aren’t enough hours in ...

Celebrations, challenges, cookbooks

While the rest of the world is hustling and bustling getting ready for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) in Libraryland we planned for the holiday season in August, so now we are already “living” in 2017. We seldom get to live in the moment and I sometimes get confused about ...

Arriving on the Mayflower

It was a relatively quiet day at the Mifflin County Library when my phone buzzed. A staff member working at the service desk said, “Dr. Kinney.” Uh oh. Dr. K is code for “there is a problem.” Usually it’s a customer who is upset, angry or wants me to reinterpret policy because ...

Veterans love libraries

Yesterday, Nov. 11, we celebrated the 97th National Veterans Day, historically called Armistice Day. This is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but to recognize those who have served and continue to serve today. We are fortunate in Mifflin and Juniata ...

I’m with Trump. Are you?

I’m with Trump. That doesn’t mean he got my vote. It doesn’t mean we share the same values. The fact is, what appeared on my ballot on Nov. 8 — for or against the president-elect — is not important today. America chose Donald Trump as its next president, and it’s time to practice ...

Boo-hoo

“Miss Dorsett,” I said, “we need a coffin. Could you ask Mr. Bell at the funeral home if we could borrow one?” I have a vivid recollection of this request and the ensuing conversation because the ramifications still haunt me today. It was a hot, humid August day in south Florida when ...

Last chance to get rid of Obamacare

By Betsy McCaughey Creators Syndicate This election is a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Almost everyone in America is affected, and it’s harming millions more people than it’s helping. Donald Trump is promising to “repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.” ...

Wandering/wondering mind

I have this folder on my desk labeled “Sentinel Stuff.” Whenever I see or think of something that could be the focus of a column, I put it in the folder. When I need inspiration I review the scraps of paper, pictures, quotes, etc. hoping to trigger those dormant creative writing brain cells ...

Mentally irregular

I adore the film character Rocky Balboa. He's an ordinary Joe whose circumstances create a person who is infinitely likable even while he is inclined to solve his problems in the boxing ring. He understands himself and is comfortable with the man he is. Rocky is unfailingly loyal to his friends ...