March 2012

Letter from the Editor

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.  ~Louis L’Amour Dear Readers, My daughter shared this quote with me, and we both thought it was the perfect way to begin my last letter to you as the editor of Lehigh Valley Marketplace. As I reflect upon the time that I have been Editor, I am reminded of the people that I have met,... »

ID Theft

By Frederick Jerant We’ve all heard about people in the Federal Witness Protection program: the government gives them completely new identities, including appropriate documents, help in finding employment and housing and other services. But identity (ID) theft is quite the opposite—someone steals the victim’s name, social security number, and other crucial information as a... »

Photography 101

By Lauren Warner Behind every great photo is a complex, sometimes technical story involving a subject (is it in focus?), timing, lighting, equipment and editing. A photograph depicts a moment in time, and for many people, a photograph can be deeply meaningful. A poignant portrait communicates an emotion; a photo of a nature landscape conveys peace. A poorly shot photo, how... »

Running Your Best

By Jennifer LoConte Maybe you are new to the sport of running and have decided to conquer your first 5K. Or, perhaps you have run a fair share of 5K’s and want a further challenge by completing a half marathon (13.1 miles) or a full marathon (26.2 miles). Maybe you are running for a cause, to honor or memorialize a loved one. Whatever the reason for your motivation, it’s i... »

School Lunch Makeovers

By Kathleen Shannon Obesity is a chronic national health issue and Lehigh Valley food activists are working hard to educate both kids and adults about the benefits of eating healthy. Despite the best intentioned efforts of many policymakers and educators, two out of three adults are overweight or obese and 30% of students in the United States are as well.   Eating less and... »

Signs of Spring

By Kathryn Finegan Clark Spring drops her magic mantle and the Lehigh Valley comes alive. Blossoms escape soil frozen stiff only days earlier, and grass turns green, overwhelming the dull browns of winter. And as each day grows minutes longer, with sunshine conquering April showers, the arrival of Easter brings its rich traditions to church and home and marketplace, where ... »

The Benefits of Volunteering

By Andy Cook Is there something that you’re passionate about?   Do you want to share your skills and talents with others? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, volunteering may be the answer. Here’s something that may pique your interest: a 2011 study by the University of Michigan showed that people who want to volunteer because they want to help others, live longer... »

Clean House

By Mary Beth Schwartz “I will clean house when Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner.” —Roseanne Barr “I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.”—Joan Rivers “Housework can kill you if done right.”–Erma Bombeck Call on some of these Lehigh Valley cleaning professionals to ease your spring c... »

A Place of Peace: St. Francis Retreat House

By Cathy Kiley We live in a demanding world of busy people. There is barely enough time to work and care for our families and we simply do not take enough time to care for ourselves. To enjoy a rejuvenating walk on a beautiful day feels as if it is a privilege instead of a necessity and to think about taking even an hour out of our day to rekindle our spirits seems to be a... »

Mud Pies & Butterflies

By Susan Stets Why would a grown woman look forward to endless hours spent up to her elbows in compost and mud? Don’t laugh. I actually yearn for weather warm enough to get out there and dig in the garden. In fact, the local garden center knows me as that flaky lady who haunts the place in colder months just to inhale the scent of living, growing things. I go there and wal... »

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