I never understood it, but it was a fact of life — back in the day when most shootings took place on state game lands. Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, our living room was transformed into what looked like an Army/Navy basement sale. It was filled to capacity with camouflage jackets, rain gear, wool socks, orange vests, long johns, waterproof boots and warm hats, just to name a few items. These preparations marked the nearness of the opening day of deer-hunting season — a one-week yearly ritual observed by the men in our family. For the record, my thought on this then and now is: I Stand With Bambi.
A salmon should be a salmon, not a frankenfish. A company called AqaBounty seems not to agree. Its newly manufactured “salmon,” dubbed the “frankenfish,” are large. They grow two to four times faster than the genetically unaltered, farm-raised variety. With a growth-hormone gene from a Chinook salmon along with DNA from the gene of an eel-like fish, AqaAdvantage (frankenfish) is a genetically modified Atlantic salmon, which may in the future be sold in a store or restaurant near you.
From office parties to family gatherings, the winter holidays afford many opportunities to socialize and snack.
Edward Neilson has been a Pennsylvania representative since Aug. 25.
Thank you, O’Neill’s office
Below is a collage of small Thanksgiving miracles:
We need new political party
A few years ago, my friend was in Rome, Italy, to visit her daughters who were Temple University students, studying abroad for a semester. When my friend returned home, she brought back a bottle of the most exquisite-tasting balsamic vinegar for me. It was a heavenly, velvety syrup with a slight mellow tartness. Not finding the brand sold locally here, I checked the Internet to see where it was available. Unfortunately, I would have had to mortgage my first-born to make the purchase.
People, we need to vote
The people and groundhogs at the Pennsylvania Lottery seem to think it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The annual pilgrimage to the Thanksgiving dinner table hasn’t happened as yet, but Gus the Groundhog’s Christmas reminders to “Keep on scratching” have already begun.