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May 17, 2010

Idlewild Amusement Park Memories

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IDLEWILD AMUSEMENT PARK MEMORIES

Patricia Orendorff Smith

     Many of us have visited Idlewild Park in Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania. I asked my friend, Jackie, to recount her memories in the late 1950s to the 1970s.

     “Since I was a baby, my dad attended Rockwell Manufacturing, Inc. picnics at Idlewild,” Jackie said. Her family has slides of their time spent there. “I wonder if I remember the occasion or if my memories come from the pictures.”     

     Jackie’s first memory at four years of age revolved around the roller coaster. She thinks she was too young to ride the tall ride.

     “My sister and I always wanted a gold fish at the Goldfish Pond,” Jackie said. “My sister got one.” Jackie was determined to get a goldfish. She saved money and when she was eight, she won a goldfish. “I had to walk around the park all day (carrying it).” On the ride home, Jackie remembered (more…)

January 2, 2010

The Gift of Christmas

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THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS

Fran

     We all know the true meaning of Christmas, different for many of us, but the same too. For us, the year, and this Christmas, was very, very different.
     We have been married for forty-five years. During that time we have rented homes, sometimes comfy ones, sometimes not so good. The time was never right to buy a home of our own—it just never worked out for us.  We’ve had wonderful landlords, and we’ve had ones that should never own property. 2009 brought for us the biggest change in our living conditions and I’d like to share it with you all.
     In April, friends of ours decided they needed to (more…)

January 27, 2009

OLD FRIEND RETURNS

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OLD FRIEND RETURNS

Photodoctor

home alone
reading
shadow shifts
floor creaks
my eyes arise (more…)

December 21, 2008

SHE’S A CANDLE

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SHE’S A CANDLE

The Photodoctor
 
“A Christmas present
I wonder what”
squeezed and shook
weight pondered
“It’s a candle”
he said with a smile
“how passé”
says  his friend
he shakes his head
and continues
“can’t you see
it’s Jesus’ light
that (more…)

October 9, 2008

PHOTODOCTOR: WHO IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE NAME?

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PHOTODOCTOR: WHO IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE NAME?

Photodoctor’s Bio

Bio: Photodoctor
Home: Wherever I hang my hat!
Born: 12/07/1955

     I have always been able to see as well or better than others. This is a strange remark, from someone who sees the world through coke-bottled glasses, but for some reason, God gave me the ability to see.
     I originally thought He gave me the ability to see when I excelled as a preschool marksman. I could see well enough to snap a swinging cord at 25 yards, with a 22 rifle. This ability followed me though my teen years as I dropped many a deer or clover leafed a target at hundreds of yards. But that isn’t why God made me see.
     I thought He gave me the ability to see when I (more…)