Wednesday, July 30, 2014

About the header image: July 30, 2014


Last October I decided to go out and photograph the sunset from the Nanticoke - West Nanticoke bridge over the Susquehanna River. The sunset was nothing spectacular, but I realized that Venus would be showing up low in the West as twilight turned to dusk. (It's visible in this image, though just barely - nearly dead center, to the left of the central vertical girder, to the right of the fourth rivet from the bottom in the big girder.) In trying to capture Venus, I accidentally captured something beautiful as the sodium vapor lights caused the white-painted girders to show up in a false deep rust color, in sharp contrast to the sunset colors of the sky.

If you have a photo you'd like to see used as the NEPA Blogs header, send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Running the Poconos

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Running the Poconos  (http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/).

Since January 2013, Ed Hasker has blogged about running throughout the Poconos for the Pocono Record at the online site blogs.thepoconos.com. His writing takes us on a journey through the Poconos from the point of view of a runner. Whether you're a runner, are interested in running, or are interested in seeing the Poconos in a whole new light, you'll find something fascinating in his blog, Running the Poconos!



If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

About the header image, July 23, 2014


A broken washing machine meant a few trips to the laundromat. I decided to use to one near the Tractor Supply on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township. I noticed that the parking lot there had a nice view of the western sky, so I timed one of my visits to coincide with sunset. This particular sunset featured colors that were subdued rather than spectacular, but it still made for some pretty pictures.

There was actually quite a bit going on in the sky at the time. Here's a photo from a few minutes earlier:



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Independent NEPA

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Independent NEPA  (http://independentnepa.com/component/content/frontpage).

"Print is dead," Harold Ramis's character announced in an oddly jarring and out-of-place line in 1984's Ghostbusters. Thirty years later, print is still with us. (Harold Ramis, sadly, is not; he passed away a few months ago.) In many cases, print survives by keeping one foot in the online world, creating a web presence that complements and is complemented by its print counterpart.

Independent NEPA is Northeastern Pennsylvania's independent magazine, available free of charge at many locations. You may have picked up a copy in a waiting room somewhere, or sought out a copy featuring people or events in NEPA that are important to you. 
Independent NEPA is the online counterpart to the magazine, presenting - in blog form - some of the content contained in the magazine. It's an excellent way of referencing information from past editions, or finding out about articles in the current edition and getting an incentive to seek out a hard copy.  (Coincidentally, the top article as I write this is a piece called "Print is not dead.")

If you'd like to see a great, locally-produced, independent magazine featuring articles by and about folks from Northeastern Pennsylvania, pick up a copy of Independent PA. If you'd like to see what this magazine is all about, check out their blog, Independent NEPA.



If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

About the header image, July 16, 2014


This past weekend's "Supermoon" was only marginally brighter and larger than last month's full moon, and next month's will be even bigger and brighter, but it would take some doing to detect the difference visually. Still, that didn't stop a lot of people from trying to see the difference. I got a few good pictures of the moon, just as I try to do every evening that there's a visible moon. But I had to shoot fast, in between huge banks of clouds drifting across the sky. I took the shot above in a fit of exasperation, trying to document what I was up against. I looked at the result and realized it looked pretty good anyway!


If you have a photo you'd like to see used as a header, send it to nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Reflections on a Lifetime in the Classroom

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Reflections on a Lifetime in the Classroom
(http://www.mister-nick.com/_public_html/Blog/Blog.html)

Award-winning educator Leslie Nicholas of Kingston blogs about his experiences in the classroom. After a lifetime of teaching, he's seen a lot and learned quite a bit. Through his blog he's sharing his accumulated wisdom with students, fellow teachers, parents, and anyone else who cares to read!



If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Past headers, Part 2

We've been changing the headers on NEPA Blogs at least once a week since May 2011. That's added up to a lot of header images in the Past headers post. Maybe too many! The past few times I tried posting headers there, it was all wonky. So I'm starting a second post to showcase the next three years or so of headers. Enjoy!


May 7, 2014
May 14, 2014
May 21, 2014
May 28, 2014
June 4, 2014
June 11, 2014
June 18, 2014
June 25, 2014
July 2, 2014
July 9, 2014
July 16, 2014
July 23, 2014

July 30, 2014


PA Live! Blog of the Week: NEPA BlogCon blog

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is the NEPA BlogCon blog (
http://nepablogcon.com/blog/)

This is a blog for the NEPA BlogCon, the annual day-long conference for bloggers from Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. It is the work of a quartet of leading NEPA bloggers who have built this up from an idea floated at a gathering of bloggers to a major sponsored event. Past installments of the NEPA BlogCon have featured informative presentations and workshops led by people active in the NEPA blogging community as well as bloggers from across the country.  

The NEPA BlogCon blog is designed to keep you up to date with events leading up to the NEPA BlogCon and to give you access to information presented in previous BlogCons. It also lets you know about things associated with the BlogCon, as well as organizations that are benefiting from the BlogCon.

The third edition of the NEPA BlogCon is coming up on October 11, 2014 at Misericordia University. If you have been to past versions you know how informative and useful they have been - and how much fun everyone has had there. If you've never been, the NEPA BlogCon blog is a great way to see everything the event has to offer. Check it out, and then pencil it in for the second Saturday in October!



If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: The Lake Region Something


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is The Lake Region Something (http://lakeregion.blogspot.com/)

Musings and meanderings in the Lake Wallenpaupack and Honesdale region of the Poconos, by blogger and tax preparer Robert D. Flach. Since September 2013.


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Colin Devroe


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Colin Devroe (http://cdevroe.com/)

In today's world, business cannot live without technology, and many facets of technological innovation are driven by the needs of business Colin Devroe is a self-titled blog about the intersection of technology and business, written by someone deeply immersed in both. But this blog is about much more than that: it also features entries on art, writing, kayaking, family. Read it for the business articles, the technology posts, or all the wonderful other things that Colin posts about, and you will soon find yourself carried away by all the wonderful entries on the blog Colin Devroe!



If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Pennsylvania Haunts and History

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Pennsylvania Haunts and History

Pennsylvania is a state with a long and sometimes tragic history. Along the way it has accumulated a number of places that some people think are haunted, or bear the aftereffects of the events that took place there.  Pennsylvania Haunts and History is a blog all about those places, in NEPA and beyond. It's full of accounts of visits to these places, as well as information on how to visit them yourself. Some are open to the public. Others are a bit more off the beaten path. Whether you prefer doing your investigation of haunted places with a flashlight or a laptop - or even both at the same time - Pennsylvania Haunts and History is a site that you will find fascinating. Creepy stories, haunted places, and spookiness of all sorts since October 2007.

Blogs are a great way to showcase the unique aspects of a region. Pennsylvania Haunts and History focuses on the spooky and supernatural, but there's a lot more to Northeastern Pennsylvania than just that. If you happen to know a lot about some facet of NEPA, why not blog about it and share your knowledge with the world!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Barry and Cathy Beck's Blog


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Barry and Cathy Beck's Blog 

Even if you (like me) have never been fishing and know next to nothing about fishing, it's hard not to be fascinated by some aspect of fly fishing. Whether it's the delicate and intricate art of fly-tying (and what happens to those flies after they get used? Are they discarded, or rinsed off, fluffed up, and used again?) to the precise technique for casting a line without becoming entangled in a hundred yards of monofilament, there is much that is intriguing about this meditative sport.  Barry and Cathy Beck's Blog  is all about fly fishing in NEPA and around the world. Not only are they NEPA-based fly fishing experts, they are also guides who host fly fishing trips all around the world. Their blog features many informative articles about fly fishing and plenty of magazine-quality photos. It's full of news, travel information, and reports from the field...well, not so much the field, as the river or stream.

Once upon a time the typical neighborhood newsstand would have hundreds of different magazines for sale, magazines that seemingly covered every possible aspect of the human experience. Print may not be dead (despite what Harold Ramis's character declared in the 1984 film Ghostbusters), but blogs have pretty much moved into this ecological niche, with at least one blog focused on almost every topic you can imagine. Barry and Cathy Beck's Blog has fly fishing covered. What topics are you interested in that don't have a blog yet? Do you know more than most people about this topic? Do you know enough about the topic to actually start a blog?

Then what are you waiting for? Get blogging!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: My Invisible Camera


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is My Invisible Camera (http://www.myinvisiblecamera.com/).

A picture, the saying goes, is worth a thousand words, but the right words can create an image more vivid and real than any photograph. My Invisible Camera is a photo blog by Tanya, dedicated to saving moments using both words and pictures. 


"My invisible camera is a personal evolution of how I capture moments. When I first began this blog I was a photographer first and foremost. After being diagnosed with lupus I began to explore different ways to ‘save’ moments. I equate this blog to being ‘my invisible camera’–a way for me to take a snapshot of something amazing/brilliant/dear to me, whether with photographs or words, preserve it in all its glory, and share it here."

Many people use blogs to capture the moments that they want to be sure are not lost, preserving them in words and images. Tanya's My Invisible Camera is a brilliant and beautiful example of how this is done.


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Anthracite Curling Club


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Anthracite Curling Club

For the longest time I thought that curling was something made up by The Beatles in the movie Help, as they slid across ice with tiny brooms in front of a vaguely duck-shaped stone. Then I saw it on the Winter Olympics and realized it was for real. But where would you come across people doing this in real life?

Right here in NEPA, that's where!It's not just for the Winter Olympics anymore! Anthracite Curling Club is a blog from a local curling club. Actually it's their organization's website - but it's presented in blog form, so it presents all their information in a dynamic, interactive format that's both easy to use and full of up-to-date information.

If you find that your team or organization's website is just too static and blah, consider upgrading to a blog! It's easy, it's fun, and it makes people feel involved with your group just by reading. Check out the Anthracite Curling Club site for a great example!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Student Affairs Sensible


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Student Affairs Sensible (http://sasensible.blogspot.com/).

Gracie Gilbear provides tips on looking professional and fashionable without spending a fortune, for students and everyone else. Whether you're a recent graduate trying to make an impression at your new workplace, a prospective employee trying to make sense of workplace fashion trends, or an established member of the workforce seeking to keep current, this is a great place to check out! Since December 2013, Student Affairs Sensible has been helping folks look good while they earn a living - without having to spend their entire paycheck on clothes!

If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

About the header image: May 14, 2014


This week's header image is the third of three that came from a photo expedition around Scranton. It's just a cluster of old brick buildings on Franklin Street as seen from Lackawanna Avenue. But they seemed to radiate a sense of loneliness, of obsolescence, of having long outlived their usefulness and being replaced by new buildings all around.



At once I am reminded of children huddled together out of fear, and of trees trying to outcompete each other for the sun. The ancient, faded ad on the side of one building is especially poignant; for much of its existence, the ad has been obscured by its neighbor, unseen by ins intended viewers.


These buildings have now been repurposed, their insides modernized, but their skins of bricks have been left as they were laid down, brick by brick, row by row, course by course, until a four-story building came into being. But how much longer will they continue to stand? How long until they are just piles of rubble, forgotten pieces of Northeastern Pennsylvania history?


Send your header photos to nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Let Me Eat Cake


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Let Me Eat Cake (http://megb87.blogspot.com/).

Life can't all be about eating cake, and neither is this blog! Instead it's about healthy eating and working out with Megan, who recently moved to NEPA from Washington, DC. Since January 2014 she's been sharing healthy living and eating tips and words of inspiration and encouragement for those who accompany her on this journey. Are you ready to start eating better and start exercising more? Just remember one thing:  Let Me Eat Cake!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

About the header image: May 7, 2014



"That building must be haunted!" my friend insisted as we drove past the old North Scranton high school at the intersection of Main Avenue and Greenridge Street in Scranton. Haunted or not, it's an example of a style of architecture that could not exist today in a public building. It's been spared the wrecking ball for now, and is currently occupied by a small business that does ...something. But whatever they do, they've kept the old school from being demolished, so we can all continue to speculate on its current state of supernatural infestation.


Send your header image submissions to nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: On Layton: The View from My Front Porch


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/feature-blog-on-layton-the-view-from-my-front-porc/41453/juQFMhEzhk2YTPaPdMascg


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is On Layton: The View from My Front Porch

Five generations of Jo Ann Jones Walczak's family have looked out at the world from the porch of their house on Layton Street. Since February 2013 she has been sharing the view with the rest of us in her blog,On Layton: The View from My Front Porch

But Jo Ann is not confined to the front porch of the family home on Layton. She has been given, and has taken. taken the opportunity to see the world firsthand, and those adventures are also recounted in her blog. Check out On Layton: The View from My Front Porch for her remarkable stories of the world as seen from this privileged point of view: a humble house in Northeastern Pennsylvania, blessed by all the folks who have lived there before.


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Pedaling to Peace and Prosperity

Another blog from the NEPA Blogs inbox!

Pedaling to Peace and Prosperity
http://lauriecann.wordpress.com/

Laurie lives in Tioga County, near the Pine Creek Rail Trail. An avid bicyclist, she enjoyed her time on the trail greatly - until events off the trail robbed of her ability to enjoy her time on the trail.

She's decided to take it back, to reclaim the trail, to embark on a healing journey - by bicycle.

From the "About" section:

We all have the ability to heal within us. We all have the tools for healing around us. The question, always, is whether we have decided it is easier to remain broken.

So pedal with me to peace and personal prosperity. I have no idea of where this ride will end, but I am up for the journey . . . wherever it may lead.

Ride along with Laurie on Pedaling to Peace and Prosperity!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Reflections on a Lifetime in the Classroom

From the mailbag:

Hi!

I enjoy your segment on PA Live! and thought I would share my blog with you:


I started my educational blog as a New Year's Resolution in 2013.  I post once a week mostly on approaches that have proven effective for me in the classroom. 


From the "Welcome" page:

Leslie Nicholas is an award-winning educator from northeastern Pennsylvania.  Before teaching English in the Wyoming Valley West Middle School, he advised the award-winning yearbook, literary-art magazine, and newspaper at the high school.  He built the student-run radio station and television station where his students gained experience with daily broadcasts.  His students distinguished themselves in various journalism contests including the Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year in 1998. He is a fourth-generation educator who is passionate about teaching. He and his wife Jo Ann live in Kingston, Pennsylvania. They are the proud parents of their son, Jordan

Check out Reflections on a Lifetime in the Classroom!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

About the header image: April 30, 2014


This week's header image comes from blogger and photographer Mike Burnside. Mike took this image of a once-sleek and ultramodern pay phone while on one of his rambles through the Pennsylvania countryside. ("I like the sort of faux space-age football helmet with the rural decay," Mike notes.) The image caught co-administrator Michelle's eye, who secured permission from Mike to use it as a header image. Unlike most header images, the photo for this one has not been cropped, but simply framed in a way to make it fit the header image dimension guidelines. The original can be seen here.


Do you have an image from NEPA that you'd like to have used as the NEPA Blogs header? Send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Sweet Caroline's Corner

NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! site: http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/blog-of-the-week-sweet-carolines-corner/21621/LJDicT1pn0OtqZgz7B8V-w


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Sweet Caroline's Corner (http://www.sweetcarolinescorner.com/).

"Life is Sweet!" That is Caroline's motto, and is right at the top of her blog, Sweet Caroline's Corner. Since November 2010 she's been sharing recipes (which she promises to be delicious and easy!), film reviews, DIY projects, parenting tips, and glimpses of her life as a wife and mother. Gorgeous photos illustrate nearly every post - mouth-watering images of completed recipes, beautiful images of DIY projects, and joyful images from Caroline's home and family life. Sweet Caroline's Corner is a sumptuous feast, with something to satisfy every appetite!

Caroline has built Sweet Caroline's Corner about things she loves, things she is passionate about. What about you? Do you care enough about something to be able to create and maintain a blog about it? If you do, give it a shot, and let us know about it so we can link you on NEPA Blogs!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

About the header image: April 23, 2014


Across from the Route 6 entrance to the Viewmont Mall in Scranton is the Fashion Mall, a small-ish strip mall holding a surprisingly large number of stores. Once upon a time the most remarkable things about this mall was the waterfall that flowed down from the mountainside into which the mall is built just behind some of the stores and was easily visible from the parking lot. In the quarter-century since then, though, things have changed. The mall appears to have expanded, the cut-out into which it is built seems larger, and the falls seem to have been rerouted and rotated ninety degrees. They are no longer visible face-on from the Fashion Mall parking lot, but can be seen from the entrance to the Viewmont Mall. The best place to see the falls - aside from actually climbing them, which two guys did as I was trying to take this photo - is from a grassy area on the side of Route 6 in front of the Firestone at the Viewmont Mall. This past Saturday I set out to photograph a few things while I was spending time in the Scranton area, including the falls. I parked my car behind Firestone and climbed the hill - there is a short, steep way, or a long, shallow path - and set myself up by a small tree. I attracted more than a few odd looks from passengers in passing cars, most of whom probably didn't even realize the falls are there.

Is there some feature of NEPA that you've captured in a photo and want to share with everyone else? Send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com and we'll use it as soon as we can!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: #PoundSign


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! website: http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/blog-of-the-week-pound-sign/42853/T5MX23utaEy_Q4mxl28PjQ


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is #PoundSign (http://hashtagpoundsign.blogspot.com/).

#PoundSign (pronounced "hashtag poundsign") is a personal blog from Sabrina Hannon. While it fits into the category of "Life Blogs", it covers a broad spectrum of topics, including feminism, dyslexia, eating disorders, and whatever else Sabrina chooses to cover. #PoundSign is a relatively new blog - Sabrina's only been posting to it since February 2014 - but it's already packed with posts.

Sabrina is someone with something to say, and she isn't afraid to say it. Blogging is a way of making your voice heard in the global conversation in a form that is far more permanent than ephemeral platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Do you agree with what Sabrina says on #PoundSign? Or maybe disagree with her? Don't keep it to yourself - make your voice heard in a blog all your own!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

About the header image: April 16, 2014


Temperatures flirted with the eighty degree mark this weekend, followed by heavy rains during the day Tuesday and snow Tuesday night! Welcome to Spring, NEPA style! Andy Palumbo (http://andypalumbo.blogspot.com) took this picture just a few weeks ago at Lackawanna State Park. Remember when we're deep in the depth of Summer just how brutally cold this Winter was!


Do you have a photo we can feature as the header image on NEPA Blogs? Email it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat?


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/nepa-blog-of-the-week-is-the-poet-a-boat/21656/msx7Dm6osU-W9CdWGrVEmg


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat? (http://isthepoetaboat.ghost.io/).

Laurel Radzieski of Scranton has long been working her craft as a poet, presenting her works throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. In recent years she has formalized her poetic endeavors by entering into the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Goddard College, where, according to the biographical tag on each of her posts, "(h)er current work examines how relationships within communities shape communication efforts and responses." In her blog Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat? she has been presenting musings on the world from the point of view of a poet since January 2014.

While her posts cover a broad array of topics, both the point of view and the style of presentation of Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat? can be daunting and difficult to decipher. Like so much of poetry, understanding of each post depends on the individual reader, and comes from repeated readings and reflection upon how the post relates to the reader. This is by no means an easy read. But it is, ultimately, very worthwhile. Those who invest their time in reading Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat? and deciphering the meaning of the posts will find their efforts richly rewarded.


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Monday, April 14, 2014

From the Mailbag: Pocono Talk

I received an email from Andrea Kimes, one of the founders & contributors to the "Pocono Talk" blog. 

http://www.poconotalk.com

(from the sidebar of the website)
 
What Is Pocono Talk?


Pocono Talk is a website where you can discuss everything from the best places to eat, to the best weekend activities to whatever is going on in your everyday life.

Whether you live in the Poconos, are visiting on vacation, or commute to New York or Philly, Pocono Talk has something for you.

We encourage positive discussion and provide you with hundreds of photos, videos, business and community listings so even if you've lived here for 30 years you may still find something new. 



This is one of the more comprehensive guides to the Poconos that I've seen.  If you are looking for something to do in the Poconos, this is the website for you!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Frosting and A Smile


With lent nearly over, I think we are all looking for a way to satisfy our sweet tooth!  The "Frosting and A Smile" blog will help you do just that!  You may recognize a familiar face when you check out the about page of "Frosting and A Smile".  It's none other than Laurie Monteforte, WBRE's Pocono Bureau reporter.  I actually learned about this blog through my friend and co-worker Julie Melf!  Julie and Laurie are good friends and participated in the Pocono Cupcake Challenge together last year.  More on that here.

http://frostingandasmile.com

From the About

"Let’s eat some frosting! Let’s grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the bowl. Don’t worry if the kitchen is a disaster or there’s flour in your hair. If you love making sweets to share with the people you love, this blog is for you."

Yummmmmm...

Laurie's blog was recently named one of the top 10 food blogs by voiceBoks.  She placed 4th out of 50 blogs which is very impressive.  If you don’t want to miss out on any of the deliciousness, you can follow "Frosting and A Smile" on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest. You can also subscribe by email.

Happy indulging!

Vote for us!

It's that time of the year again....time for The Weekender's Readers' Choice awards!  We would be honored if you voted for NEPA Blogs for the best local blog category.  You may only vote one time and must vote for at least 25 categories.  I'm sure there are several other local businesses and talented folks that are deserving of winning that you can think of to fill the other 24 categories*Hint Hint* You can vote for our friends at NEPA BlogCon for the best annual event, then you only need to come up with 23 categories!

Click on the image to be directed to the voting page:

http://timesleader.upickem.net/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=125318

Hurry!  The contest voting ends at 5pm on April 16th!

Thank you in advance for your votes :)


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

About the header image: April 9, 2014


We live in a world powered by electricity. Whether that electricity is generated by burning coal, natural gas, nuclear fission, wind-powered generators, or enormous banks of solar panels, it has to be transmitted from the places where it is produced to the places where it is consumed. Andy Palumbo (http://andypalumbo.blogspot.com) captured this image of two generations of power transmission lines running parallel to each other in Clarks Summit.


Do you have a photo we can feature as the header image on NEPA Blogs? Email it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: The Fat Girl Blog


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.



Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/blog-of-the-week-fat-girl-blog/40823/D2iMtNi60EaqGP0SMwp-zA

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is The Fat Girl Blog (http://thefatgirlblog.com/).

NEPA abounds with talented poets and authors, and Amye Archer is another fine example. A proud graduate of the Wilkes University creative writing program, Amye Archer uses The Fat Girl Blog to write about family, motherhood, writing, moving, not moving, and many other topics - including her relationship with weight.

The Fat Girl Blog isn't just about any one thing. It's truly a "life" blog, reflecting the many facets of Amye's life: posts on parenting next to posts on weight issues next to poems that capture thoughts and emotions both fleeting and eternal.  

Have you ever struggled with some aspect of your life? Known the joys and heartbreaks of motherhood? Faced disappointment after building your hopes up for a major life change? Have you ever wished for a way to express what you've experienced? Read Amye Archer's The Fat Girl Blog to see one way that you can do this. And maybe consider starting a blog of your own!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

About the header image: April 2, 2014


As feared, March this year came in to NEPA like a lion and went out like a different lion. Actually, it came in like a drunken thug who'd outstayed his welcome at the bar, and went out like a drunken thug who'd outstayed his welcome at the bar and was finally getting kicked out, and decided to get in a few last licks on the way out, and who might pop back in later to make everyone's life miserable, just out of spite.

Still, as this beautiful image shows, March wasn't all snow and ice and falling trees. Mike Burnside (www.burnsidephotographic.com) captured this amazing photo at Harvey's Lake on March 27. Here are the particulars:

  • Harveys Lake. Looking toward Sandy Beach from  41.22.14N by 76.2.23W
  • 5:53:13PM EDT, Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Sony SLT-A65V with Tamron 18-270mm - 1/100sec @ f/4.5 18mm ISO 100
  • Flash did not fire

Exhibition quality prints available at a reasonable cost.

If you have any photos that capture the special beauty of NEPA, please send them to us at nepablogs@gmail.com and we'll use them as the blog header for a week. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Justjacq


NEPA Blogs will be presenting the "Blog of the Week" on WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.


Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/blog-of-the-week-just-jacq/33470/qfVLoTTcX0msHbrFkOTX4w

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Justjacq (http://www.justjacq.com/).

Justjacq features fun, food, and fashion on a budget, served up by Jacquelyn  since June 2011. This site is full of great stuff - from fitness and budgeting advice advice to fun giveaways to fashions modeled by the blogger herself. You don't have to spend a lot of money to be fashionable, eat right, and keep in shape. Justjacq will guide you through the complexities of everyday living and help you make sense of your world - fabulously!


If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Palm Tree Row

Donya Jackson reached out to us via our Twitter account to tell us about her blog "Palm Tree Row". 

http://palmtreerow.wordpress.com

Palm Tree Row is a lifestyle blog all about the Caribbean islands.  Donya moved to Scranton, PA recently and uses the blog to share the culture of the tropics with the world.

From the About:

Palm Tree Row is a lifestyle blog with a very distinct theme. We are all about the islands. Tropical and nautical fashion, home decor and entertaining ideas. Whenever possible, posts will be inspired by travel that we’ve done ourselves.

By Spring of 2014, our goal is to incorporate shopping capabilities so that our followers can purchase some of these great finds right here. We are already working with Tia for PTR on our first line of Island Vibe accessories.

Palm Tree Row was founded by Donya Jackson in June, 2013. An islander by birth, Donya couldn’t let go of the tropics and decided to bring it to readers year round. Feature bloggers will be published as often as possible so that we keep the travel vibe as true and as culturally honest as possible.

You can also follow Palm Tree Row on twitter: @PalmTreeRow and on Instagram.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

About the header image: March 26, 2014


March, they say, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, or comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. Or, as John Belushi once pointed out on Saturday Night Live, comes in like a lion and goes out like a different lion. One thing's for sure: March is a turbulent month, full of wild temperature swings and highly variable weather. Sometimes the weather produces effects like this "curdled sky" I photographed over Nanticoke back in 2012.

An uncropped version of the header image.
It looks ominous, but it didn't amount to anything,
  if I recall correctly. Click to enlarge.
Is Spring truly here? Or is Winter going to hold onto NEPA for another month or two? Send your photos showing the signs of Spring's arrival (or failure to arrive) to nepablogs@gmail.com, and we'll use them as the NEPA Blogs header image!