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.


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!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Dos Veganos

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-dos-veganos/32508/FfgFhsbEXE6q1oONNkv6KQ

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Dos Veganos (http://dosveganos.wordpress.com/).

For omnivores, sometimes it's difficult to understand the distinction between Vegan and Vegetarian diets and lifestyles. For Vegans, sometimes it's difficult to get by in a world that caters primarily to omnivores, grudgingly makes concessions to vegetarianism, and routinely misunderstands Veganism. Dos Veganos is all about Vegan food, where to find it, and how to make it, all brought to you by R.J. de Rossi and Chantal since September 2011. It also discusses such topics as raw food, kale, blueberry banana waffles, and vegan gourmet chocolate. Dos Veganos makes Veganism accessible to the non-Vegan, provides information and support for Vegans, and makes it all look absolutely delicious! Whether you're a practicing Vegan, someone who is curious about Veganism, or simply would like to add some delicious recipes to your recipe file, Dos Veganos  is a blog you should definitely check out!


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, March 19, 2014

About the header image: March 19, 2014


It's been a heck of a Winter: brutal, sustained cold, record-breaking snowfall totals, and snowfall after snowfall with no thaws - or even melting - in between. With Winter drawing to a close this week, dare we begin to turn our thoughts to Spring? The little crocus is one of the first blooms to emerge in the Spring, and this crop of crocuses was photographed at St. Mary's Cemetery on Middle Road in Hanover Township back in late March of 2007. When will the crocuses emerge this year? And how long until they are followed by daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, forsythia, and all the other early blooms of Spring?


If you have a photo that captures some aspect of life in NEPA, we'd like to feature it as the NEPA Blogs header! Submit it to nepablogs@gmail.com!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Steel City Retro


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-steel-city-retro/59334/6fBaVQcQr0KGrWbyKTUonQ

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is April Piazza's Steel City Retro (http://www.scretro.com/)

Steel City Retro is a blog that celebrates vintage fashions, burlesque, and retro photography, using appropriately antiquated locations from from all over Pennsylvania as settings. April Piazza has been bringing the retro-sexy back since May 2012. Steel City Retro was originally based in the Lehigh Valley but recently relocated to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area. While it has been on hiatus since last Summer, there are still plenty of entries on the site for your enjoyment!

(UPDATE: Good news! As April notes in the comments, the hiatus is over! So be sure to check out Steel City Retro!)

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, March 16, 2014

World of Lizzie Tish

At a blogging event a few months ago, a local political gadfly and avowed non-blogger approached me and said "Wow, non-political bloggers are really flexing their muscles lately."

I have no idea what he meant then, and I still don't. Some folks tend to think of blogging as strictly a political activity, and dismiss any non-political blogs as ephemeral and irrelevant. The truth is nearly exactly the opposite: The vast majority of blogs are not focused primarily on politics, and most political blogs exist only during the months leading up to an election, and vanish soon afterwards. (The rare exceptions of long-running political blogs that operate year-round are often informative and interesting, and occasionally obsessive and extremely disturbing.)

World of Lizzie Tish is a non-political blog. Its writer has a rich and complex background, but ultimately she has one goal in writing this blog:

I started this blog as a means to vent my ever growing list of ailments and illnesses, due to my inherited Auto Immune genes. I just needed an outlet to lift the weight off my shoulders, that fear of the unknown that haunts me from day to day.

She reiterates this in the blog header:

Random collection of thoughts, rants about my Auto Immune related issues, and living life on life's term as a recovering addict/alcoholic

Blogs come in all types. There are political blogs, photo blogs, sports blogs, personal blogs - or, in this case, very personal blogs.  Check out World of Lizzie Tish to see just how personal a blog can get.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

About the header image: March 12, 2014


While meeting with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective at the Vintage in Scranton this past Saturday, I noticed a mask mounted on a post outside the window I was facing. I excused myself, ran out to grab my camera from my car, and came back to snap some pictures. It's not every day that the universe hands you a photo op like that. From the colors I assumed this was a leftover Mardi Gras decoration, but the other members of the group (who had noticed it before me) informed me that Conor, proprietor of the Vintage, had told them that it has been hanging outside for many months. Yet somehow I had managed to not notice until now!

It is, how you say, "Creepy," no?
Like anywhere else, NEPA is full of little details easy to overlook but waiting to surprise you. Keep your eyes open, and who knows what you might see!

Have you spotted some detail of NEPA, creepy or otherwise, that you'd like to share? Send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com and we'll use it as the header image some week!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Public Relations and Pretty Things!


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-public-relations-and-pretty-inter/26865/mJXcGf3-5kaATUeOmtwXNg


Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Public Relations and Pretty Things! (http://paradicejackson.com/) by Para-Dice Jackson.

Public Relations and Pretty Things! is a food, fashion, and public relations-focused blog by Para-Dice Jackson, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, now a Scranton-based mother of two boys and a student at Marywood getting simultaneous bachelor's and master's degrees in Advertising and Public Relations. Since January 2012 she has been sharing information about public relations, delicious recipes, and her favorite fashions.  Para-Dice Jackson was one of the attendees at the first-ever NEPA BlogCon in September 2012, and since then has expanded and beautified her blog into what it is today. If you've ever been curious about the almost-but-not-quite invisible and secret world of public relations, or if you'd like to get in on some delicious recipes, or if maybe you'd like to pick up some pointers from a driven, enterprising young woman as she finds her path to success, be sure to check out Para-Dice Jackson's Public Relations and Pretty Things!
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, March 10, 2014

Save the Date: NEPA Blogfest 2014 Spring Edition






The Northeastern Pennsylvania Bloggers will be hosting the 8th semi-annual Blogfest on April 25th at The Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640 starting at 6PM. This is an informal gathering of bloggers, candidates for office, elected officials and anyone interested in politics or blogging. There is no charge for admission.


Since its inception 4 years ago Blogfest has been described as the best political event of the season. No speeches are allowed and the rule is agree to disagree but don't be disagreeable. Many local and statewide candidates will be attending.  




Saturday, March 08, 2014

Family Service Association of Northeastern PA

I received an email from Jessica at the Family Service Association of NEPA yesterday asking to add their new blog to our blog roll.  The blog's address is http://fsanepa.tumblr.com.

FSANEPA is a non-profit organization providing counseling, case management, crisis/referral services, and other services to individuals, children, teens, couples, seniors, and families, located in Wilkes-Barre PA but serving several counties.  Their mission is Building Stronger Communities through Stronger Families.

FSANEPA is also on Facebook and Twitter - @FSANEPA.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

From the Mailbag: My Invisible Camera

We received this email a few months ago and I accidentally misplaced it! My apologies to Tanya for the delay in writing about her blog. 




My name is Tanya King and my blog is www.myinvisiblecamera.com. I joined the NEPAblogs Facebook group a few weeks ago and have been very happy with the sense of community. I only just looked at the website and was wondering if I could have my blog linked here as well? Thank you very much for all your efforts. It's really nice to see a healthy community of bloggers growing strong in NEPA.

Thanks again,
Tanya


From Tanya's words:  "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."  Tanya really does have some beautiful photos of her family on the blog and her Instagram. You can read more on her about page, or follow her on Twitter.

You too can join our NEPA Bloggers group on Facebook to network with others from the local blogosphere.


Speaking of networking....do you have cabin fever? Restless for Friday?

Why not head out to the Vintage Happy Hour happening tonight from 5-8pm at Trax Platform Lounge?  For more details and to RSVP, check out the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

About the header image: March 5, 2014


This week's header image comes to us from NEPA Blogs co-administrator Michelle Hryvnak Davies. It's a four-wheel-drive vehicle - a Jeep - stuck in the snow in a driveway in Sweet Valley. Like the Jeep, it feels like we are all stuck in the snow. WE ARE ALL STUCK IN THE SNOW BECAUSE THIS WINTER WILL NEVER END AND IT'S HORRIBLE JUST HORRIBLE AND IT WILL NEVER END AND...

Sorry. I'm OK. Really. I...I just need a moment here.


Submit your header images to nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: FunFitFashionable

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "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-funfitfashionable/18928/Hi1_jK0w3U6R_czAciqZTg

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

FunFitFashionable is a blog by NEPA freelance writer Alyssa about getting fit, doing it in style, and having fun! She's been blogging about living a balanced lifestyle since August 2011. Most recently she's become a certified personal trainer and has actually started a new blog to take things to the next level! There's still plenty to be gleaned from FunFitFashionable, especially if you're just getting started on the road to fitness. But when you are ready to take things further, be sure to follow Alyssa at her new site, too!


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, March 02, 2014

Anthracite Curling Club

Decades ago the Beatles movie "Help!" was regularly shown on TV, including on the local version of the afternoon movie show Dialing For Dollars. This was where I saw the sport of curling for the first time ever, and thought it was some sort of joke that had been made up for the movie. Scrubbing the ice with tiny brooms as a vaguely duck-shaped stone slowly slid across the ice - that surely couldn't be a real thing...could it? It had to be a joke, like the coin-operated car, right?

Subsequent viewings of the Winter Olympics proved that, yes, curling was indeed a real thing, though it seemed as strange and silly in real life as it had in the Beatles' romp. What was the point? What was it all about? And how the heck did someone come up with something like this?

Well, decades later, I still don't know the answers to these questions, but I do know some folks who might.

Anthracite Curling Club
http://anthracitecurling.com/

NEPA is always full of surprises, and the Anthracite Curling Club is another one. Who knew that this region had its own curling club? Well, I did. For years. But I didn't realize that they had a blog! Yes, their official website is actually presented in blog form, the most effective way of communicating news and information to members and the general populace. If you've got any level of interest in curling and don't want to wait for the next Olympics (or for "Help!" to start appearing on TV again) to see it in action, check out their blog - and maybe even consider joining in the fun at their open house at the Toyota SpotsPlex (formerly the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park) in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, March 8, 2014! Grab your tiny brooms and start scrubbing!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

About the header image: February 26, 2014


NEPA is seeing its first real winter in several years in 2014. Oh, previous years have had some snow, and some stretches of cold, but nothing like the extended period of subfreezing temperatures that we endured from early January through mid-February. And snowfall after snowfall - none of them measuring up to things like the Valentine's Day Storm on 2007, but when you consider that each one fell before the previous one had melted at all, the total effect was enormous - and, in the cases of collapsing buildings due to overloaded roofs, disastrous.

The effect on the roads of NEPA has been pretty disastrous as well. Since we've gotten away for several years without any major extended freezes, we've also gotten away without too many pothole eruptions. That ended this year, and it seems that all the potholes that should have formed in previous years (but didn't) decided to make their presences known in 2014. If you can make it through the rest of this winter without any pothole-related damage to your car, consider yourself fortunate.

The picture for this week's header comes from Scranton photographer and blogger Frank Dutton (http://frank-dutton.blogspot.com/). Normally he takes pictures of waterfalls, trains, and other scenic aspects of life in Scranton, but recently he captured this ginormous axle-breaker on the Harrison Avenue Bridge in Scranton. Potholes are as much an aspect of life in NEPA as anything else, so this image illustrates well the situation many folks in NEPA are faced with. Do not despair, though - when looked at from another point of view, it becomes clear that this is indeed the Pothole of Love! (One of them, anyway.)


Do you have a photo that reflects some aspect of life in NEPA? Send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com and we'll use it as the header image for a week!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Coriosity

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "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-coriosity/39241/wwxazb8crkKpKziUhKAWOw

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Cori Preston's Coriosity (http://blog.coriosity.com/).

Coriosity is a "Life" blog, and as such it's hard to characterize beyond that - as hard as it is to characterize someone else's life. On this blog Cori Preston shares things she likes - books, fashion, movies, events - as well as tidbits of her personal life, such as the process of planning her own wedding! Cori has been sharing things on Coriosity since March 2012, and she was one of the participants at the inaugural NEPA BlogCon in September 2012.

Everyone has something to say: a story to tell, an opinion to share, a point of view that might help others see more clearly. Some people are happy to do this by dribbling out their information on Twitter tweets or Facebook status updates. But those updates are quickly lost in the deluge of information on those sites. Blogs provide a more robust and accessible place to record your thoughts, in a manner that will ensure that you and others will be able to find them today, tomorrow, and years in the future. Life blogs like Cori Preston's Coriosity give excellent ideas for how you can create your own Life blog! Check it out, and consider starting one for yourself.


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, February 19, 2014

About the header image: February 19, 2014


Yet another snow picture, because THE SNOW NEVER ENDS. This is yet another from Don Williams, the Susquehanna River Sentinel (http://srs444.blogspot.com). Like the image featured two weeks ago, it shows the sun rising over a snowy field, but this time the field is totally covered. This image was taken on the morning of Valentine's Day. Even still yet more snow has fallen since then!

If you have an image you'd like us to feature as the week's header for NEPA Blogs, drop us a line at nepablogs@gmail.com. Thanks!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

#Poundsign


Here's a new blog by Scranton's Sabrina Hannon. New posts are promised for every Sunday. Watch to see how this blog develops!

#Poundsign
http://hashtagpoundsign.blogspot.com/

The musing of a Scrantonian, Patriarchy Smashing, Veggie Eating, Odd Habit Collecting, Party Planning, General Trouble Making, Warrior. New Blog Posts Every Sunday!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

About the header image: February 12, 2014


I had to run to the Wilkes-Barre post office a few weeks ago after work. As I came out I saw the traces of the countertwilight darkening in the east, and I thought "Gee, I wish I had my camera with me." Then I remembered that I did have my camera with me, since I carry it with me at most times. I dug it out of the car and snapped a few shots, complete with cars driving through the lot. As I took this photo I thought that this was probably the last hurrah for Winter, now the snow would melt and it would get warmer.

Yeah, right. Like that's ever going to happen!

If you have an image you'd like to see used as the NEPA Blogs header for a week, send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog of the Week vs. the Olympics

The Blog of the Week will be on hiatus for this week and next as WBRE is airing the Winter Olympics. Expect it back on February 28!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Student Affairs Sensible

This message arrived in the NEPA Blogs mailbag recently:

My name is Gracie Gilbert and I’m just starting my blog adventure. It’s a lifestyle blog about trendy yet professional outfits and other tidbits as I work my way through my graduate program at Bloomsburg. I’d love to be linked =)

Student Affairs Sensible
http://sasensible.blogspot.com/

From the About page:

I love clothes and looking super cute, feeling pretty, being trendy, and feeling awesome about myself. What I love more than being trendy is saving money and I enjoy showing people how easy that can be. I also love proving that there is a way to look both 20-something and professional in the work place. The days of monotonous business suits are over.

Whether you're a student or not, this is a great resource for looking professional and fashionable without spending a fortune. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

About the header image: February 5, 2014


This stunning sunrise image is just one in a series of photos taken by Don Williams, the Susquehanna River Sentinel. Each one is amazingly beautiful, showing a slight variation from the ones before and after it, and it was difficult to choose just one to be featured as the NEPA Blogs header image. I finally decided to use the first one in the series, which was the first one I had seen. In it the sun is a smoldering, dull red, while the foreground is obscured by a gray haze. In later images the sun becomes a more pronounced red, and then dazzlingly bright, while the foreground darkens in contrast to the sun. This first image is the most alien, and at the same time the most primal, as if an image of a snow-covered landscape just waking up. Be sure to view the complete sequence and see which one is your favorite!

If you'd like us to feature one of your images as the NEPA Blogs header, send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Agent Palmer

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "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-agent-palmer/43954/66GS66A_HEeYFs4XrmFpUg

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Agent Palmer (http://agentpalmer.com/).

Secret identities are hard to maintain on the Internet. We leave so many footprints and fingerprints online, it usually doesn't take much effort to find out the real name behind the nom de blog. Despite all this, Agent Palmer is trying to maintain a secret identity - successfully, so far.

A fun and informative blog letting you indulge your inner geek as Agent Palmer indulges his. The blog promises "all things geek" and certainly delivers: movies, video games, technology, nostalgia, and anything else that touches upon geek life, and then some.

For someone with a secret online identity, it might seem strange that Agent Palmer has an online presence that goes far beyond this blog. Check out his About page for a list of links, or find out more by contacting him through his Contact page. Or just visit Agent Palmer and see what information you can extract from his site!


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!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat?

Recently I received an email from my friend Laurel Radzieski, a poet and writer I met through our mutual writing group, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective. She's been working on her MFAW at Goddard College in Vermont, and has also been helping young poets in the northern reaches of NEPA to develop their craft. She wanted to let me know that she has recently started a blog:

Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat?
http://isthepoetaboat.ghost.io/

Laurel describes her blog thusly: "My blog examines the role of the poet in academic and nonacademic environs. I am using the recently introduced Ghost publishing platform." See what Laurel has to say, and what the Ghost platform looks like, on Does the Poet Choose to be a Boat?


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

About the header image: January 29, 2014


Northeastern Pennsylvania, like much of North America (but not most other parts of the Northern Hemisphere) is still in the icy grip of the dreaded Polar Vortex. Even though days are getting longer and the sun is gradually creeping up in the sky, days can easily become gray and gloomy under cloudy skies. (Ironically, the clouds tend to trap heat from the sun, so cloudy days can be less bone-shatteringly cold than clear and cloudless days!) NEPA Blogs co-administrator Gort has captured the gloom in this picture of houses near the park by the Polish Club in Hudson. Even the relatively fresh snow doesn't brighten the scene much! Who's ready for Spring to be here already?


If you have an image of life in and around NEPA, we'd like to run it as the NEPA Blogs header. Send it to us at nepablogs@gmail.com!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Conor A. O'Brien

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "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 Conor A. O'Brien by Conor O'Brien (http://conoraobrien.tumblr.com/.)

Many people know Conor O'Brien as the proprietor of The Vintage, the coffee house and art venue located at 326 Spruce Street in Scranton, which features music, poetry, visual arts exhibitions, theatrical performances, and artistic events of every sort. But fewer know him in his other aspects of performer, playwright, poet, and author -  a collection of skills and avocations he summarizes as "Theatre Artist." On his self-titled Tumblr blog, Conor A. O'Brien, he shares these other aspects of his life through photos, articles, and the "hey, look at this" posts that are the basis for Tumblr. Conor shares some hit-and-run posts, but also includes some longer meditations on the past, the future, and the relationship between the two.

Everyone has a story to tell, even people whose stories we think we know. Conor A. O'Brien is a good example of both a life blog - sharing the myriad aspects that make up an individual's life - as well as a personal branding blog, establishing an online presence waiting to greet anyone who asks the question "Who is Conor O'Brien?" 

What about you? What will people find if they try to learn something online about you? Nothing, perhaps? Or maybe something written by someone else? Why not take control of the information out there about you by being the person who is actually putting that information out there? If you're looking to do this, you can find an excellent model in the blog Conor A. O'Brien.



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!