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Rated ‘T’ for teens: Music builds people into who they are

By Taylor Shaffer I’ve been interested in the art of music for a long time. When I was little I’d always be singing something, or listening to music. As I grew up, the passion grew with me. Throughout elementary school, we were required to take a music class. Most of the kids in my class ...

Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Drug price gouging: An American story

By FROMA HARROP To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy ...

Dear Annie: A slippery slope – with a beer chaser

Dear Annie: I work in a big city. After work, I enjoy going to the local bar. I’ve been doing this for three years, and everything was fine — with occasional problems — until the past few months. Now it is what I seem to be living for. My work is not very challenging, but I consider ...

Be heat smart: Proper hydration is the key

By MATTHEW RODGERS For The Express LOCK HAVEN — Central Pennsylvania is experiencing some of the hottest weather we have been witness to this year. The higher than normal temperatures along with unusually high humidity levels have prompted the National Weather Service in State College ...

Applause, Applause

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. On Wednesday night, July 3, I had reason to call 911 — for the first time ever. I want to applaud the 911 operators, one who kindly remained on the line talking with ...

Five moon-landing innovations that changed life on Earth

(Editor’s Note: Today marks the 50th anniversary of when the America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Apollo 11 landed humans on the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969.) By JEAN ...

Bible Digest

“And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua ...

Dear Annie: Texting lost loved one

Dear Annie. I have been dating my boyfriend for two years now. He had lost his fiancee three years before we began dating. The problem I am having is he still has his deceased fiancee’s phone number saved in his phone. He sometimes texts her, but, of course, it goes nowhere. I did ask him ...

Caution a must to avoid refeeding syndrome in the very thin

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My brother got very thin (112 pounds and he is 6 feet tall) from anxiety. When he gets really worked up, he doesn’t eat. His doctor put him on medication for this, which she said would help him gain weight. Are there any side effects from gaining weight ...

Pa. jobs are under attack from a $15 minimum wage

By JOSH SKOLNICK There’s some good news buried in Pennsylvania’s budget. Gov. Tom Wolf originally wanted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12, but he backed down after hearing from business leaders and seeing that a higher minimum wage would mean Pennsylvania could lose at least ...

No longer accepting negative talk

Dear Annie: I am writing because I’m seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, “Nadia.” Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the ...

Yellow lenses to the rescue for macular degeneration

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have an elderly friend who’s becoming blind from macular degeneration. After hearing of a particularly frustrating event she experienced due to vision loss, I remembered the great clarity that the yellow-lens (to reduce glare) glasses gave me, not just ...

Bible Digest

“Teach me your way, O LORD; I will walk in your truth: unite my heart to fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for ever more.” (Psalms 86:11-12 AKJV) This is the kind of praying that will bless us and others.

The real midlife crisis confronting many Americans

By FRANK J. INFURNA The way my mom imagined it, midlife was going to be great: counting down days until retirement, spending winters in Florida and checking off destinations on her bucket list. But it hasn’t turned out that way. Instead of more time spent in Florida, she’s still stuck ...

Bible Digest

“For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you.” (Psalms 86:5 AKJV) God will forgive. Repent of sin and turn to Him.

Brain drain and the polarization of America

By RACHEL SHEFFIELD And SCOTT WINSHIP Are we more divided as a nation today than we were before? Our new research within the Joint Economic Committee’s Social Capital Project suggests that we are. The findings indicate that Americans are more frequently dividing themselves ...

Wow the senses with salsa

There are a lot of reasons to like summer, not the least being the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available. Corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, berries - and the list goes on. With all these tasty options it’s easy to combine a few to create dishes that exemplify the essence of ...

Dear Annie: Jumping from job to job

Dear Annie: I’m freshly moved out of my parents’ house. It’s a really exciting time for me! I’m gaining so much long-awaited independence. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for self-growth and exploration. I live with a few friends, too, which is an awesome bonus. But what I’m ...

Mom worries over blood-thinner-taking son’s head bump

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 32-year-old son is on Xarelto for a deep vein thrombosis for about two months now. I was with him when he hit his head hard on the door hatch of his SUV two days ago. He has no symptoms, but I am still so concerned. He is in a hotel room for the week ...