I couldn't believe it. In my hands was a piece of history: wood from the First House of Bethlehem. The same wood that long ago our pioneer founders hewed out of the wilderness and crafted into a humble dwelling. The very same wood in which Count Zinzendorf, acting upon impulse, led the Moravians in singing, "Not Jerusalem - lowly Bethlehem Twas' that gave us Christ to save us; Not Jerusalem," and thus christened our community on a cold Christmas Eve night.
For the better part of those angst-filled teenage years and during summers spent at home in Pennsylvania's Coal Region, between college years, I found myself saying, "God, I can't wait to get out of Tamaqua."
Now, having lived in China for three years among Beijing's nearly 20 million people, 3 million autos and its domineering buildings and dirty streets, the hypocrite in me now says, "God, I can't wait to go home," not indefinitely, but certainly as a short respite from my busy city life.
Q: Why is handwashing important?
A: Handwashing is important because it is the simplest and most effective means of preventing infections.
Q: How are diseases such as colds and flu spread?
A: The flu is spread by droplets that are propelled by coughs or sneezes and are then inhaled or by touching an object with the flu virus on it.
Q: How does handwashing prevent the spread of disease?
Members of Muslims and Christians United (MCU) are shocked and horrified by the cowardly bombing at the Boston Marathon. MCU, based in the Lehigh Valley, condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms. The individuals who carried out the attacks do not represent Muslims, nor do their actions represent Islam.
The Chinese just finished celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday of the year when families get together from throughout the country to feast on special foods and rekindle relationships. Commemorating the start of the Lunar New Year, the holiday closely resembles our Thanksgiving, but it lasts for at least two weeks, usually in February, when almost all business grinds to a screeching halt.