A Tribute to our Mothers on 9/11 and Everyday

To all mothers who have lost a child on 9/11, or anytime, through illness, accidents, suicide, overdose or  separation.

​All of us should give thanks to our mothers, since we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them. Each time there’s the loss of a mother, all of society suffers, Continue reading “A Tribute to our Mothers on 9/11 and Everyday”

Town Zoom Book Discussion Is Sept. 20

Town Book Discussion via Zoom, Monday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, start reading now and email me at gjpapa@optonline.net

“In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, Continue reading “Town Zoom Book Discussion Is Sept. 20”

A Tribute to Jerry Garcia

In August of 1995, I was walking through the giant oak grove at my graduate school in Western Pennsylvania, and there was a huge speaker in front of the library blasting the Grateful Dead. No one was in sight, just a lone speaker and Jerry Garcia’s voice billowing through the trees. Continue reading “A Tribute to Jerry Garcia”

‘Eloquentia Perfecta’: Educating the Whole Person

Teaching social justice, injustice, civic duty and civic action is not a recent fad or movement invented by left wing radicals. In fact, the concept has been a cornerstone of America education from the beginning.

In his seminal work, Democracy and Education, John Dewey states “Lives Continue reading “‘Eloquentia Perfecta’: Educating the Whole Person”

Anne Fiyalka Marks 100 Years of a ‘Blessed Life’

Flew in Amelia Earhart’s Airplane, Always Puts Others Before Self

Anne Fiyalka has led a storied life. That’s not to say it’s been easy. Born on Feb. 15, 1921, she recalls a long life of overcoming adversity, large and small, and daring to embrace adventure whenever it came her Continue reading “Anne Fiyalka Marks 100 Years of a ‘Blessed Life’”

What Is Cyberbullying?

The internet has proved to be a wonderful resource for modern society. Many organizations help individuals by raising money and awareness. The internet enables us to gain endless information and to purchase just about anything we can think of with the click of a button. Because of Continue reading “What Is Cyberbullying?”

How We Can Change Our Curriculum

“When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

— Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate

There have always been two starkly different Continue reading “How We Can Change Our Curriculum”

Year in Review 2020: Easton Courier’s Rebirth

The print edition of the Easton Courier ceased publication in 2018, its 40th anniversary year, as a result of diminishing ad revenue. Recognizing Easton’s profound community need for local news, James Castonguay, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University, Continue reading “Year in Review 2020: Easton Courier’s Rebirth”

A 2020 Christmas

Covid tried to steal Christmas this year, but much like the Grinch, it did not succeed. The Christmas spirit prevailed as we managed to spend time with friends and family in unconventional ways via outdoor visits, Zoom and Video Chat.

Most 2020 Christmas gatherings more closely Continue reading “A 2020 Christmas”


“Any community seriously concerned with its own freedom has to be concerned about other peoples’ freedom as well.” — Assata Shakur                                           

Abbie Winter is not only my neighbor, she is a woman close to my heart, since we share much in common. Continue reading “Abbie’s Road: EASTON FRONT PORCH”