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: ) #100!!! : )

Greetings, readers. As today’s rather straightforward title implies, this is the 100th blog entry since I began in late December last year. I might not have the tremendous following like writers such as Wil Wheaton, Carrie Vaughn or John Scalzi, but I am only ten months into the blog.

I am most pleased and proud that people have continued to find my writing through search engines on almost every topic I have written about, including the Air Florida crash, the United States Football League, and my father, Professor Joseph John Kockelmans. WordPress has a stats page that I use which shows how many people view each blog post for each day. I especially like the feature that shows how many hits from each country in the world I receive. I have received hits from Russia, Romania, Mexico, Canada, and many other countries, but most of my hits are from the USA.

As most of you know by now, I have tried to stay away from politics or anything controversial. On rare occasions when something has made me good and angry, I will chime out in full force. I was going to write an entry about Romney v. Obama but I think I will wait until after the first couple of debates. Did I mention I loathe talking about politics? I always seem to be wrong.

One of the saddest moments to come along in the Penn State University world in many years was the news about the goings-on of Jerry Sandusky. The trial is over, the football season has begun under Coach Bill O’Brien and the football and academic year is moving forward. Good riddance Mr. Sandusky. I had written a piece titled Tribute to Joseph Vincent Paterno which had to be amended slightly, but I felt to delete it would be inappropriate. The man and his family did so much for this community for so many years.

On the lighter side of my blogging experience were several top ten lists, entries about my cat Keekee, news about my books, as well as a few entries from Rebecca while I was away on holidays or long weekends. {From Rebecca: I have enjoyed doing entries in the blog. Thank you, Joe, for the opportunity to do that.}

Now for ideas yet to come. I’m going to keep all my readers up-to-date on precious kitty-cat, with more pictures of her. Also, I will open up myself more and explore more deeply what makes me tick, and share it with you. This year I felt as though I wanted to be liked. Now it’s time to cut and bleed onto the page and push the envelope, as they say.

With my book signing at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe this Friday, the work schedule for the week has been altered slightly. Look for another blog entry on Friday, or if not, definitely next Wednesday. Here’s to #101 and beyond.

Have a great day, take care, and happy reading.

Saturday weekly update – 4/21/12

Greetings, readers. Today, Saturday April 21, 2012, my writing assistant, Rebecca, and I are hard at work editing the final few stories of my second Bear Spring Camps book. I am extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made over the last month. Very soon, Rebecca and I will be decreasing the number of hours a week we work and I suppose I’m trying to get as much done as possible before that time arrives.

On to some other topics of interest. Today is the annual Penn State University Blue/White football game. ‘Tis the end of spring practice. Our new head coach Bill O’Brien hopes to have his team ready to contend when the real season begins in late August. But the annual scrimmage is, for some players, their last chance to prove that they belong on the team. {From Rebecca: I always thought that the game was also to find out which players should play which positions.} I have noticed a great increase in traffic today, as well as numerous blue and white flags on cars traveling to Beaver Stadium.

Also some exciting news. Webster’s Bookstore Cafe is now open again. Welcome back Elaine Meder-Wilgus. Whoo-hoot! Rebecca and I stopped into to see her and we inquired as to whether she would like to carry my first book, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories. She happily agreed : ) She has copies of my book on consignment, that are either for sale now or will be soon.

Lastly, I visited my Godmother last night for supper and all in all things went well. However, achoo-achoo! My allergies drove me nuts. Can anyone suggest anything better than over-the-counter allergy meds? They just don’t seem to be working for me this spring. We had steaks for supper with mushrooms and onions, spinach souffle, and baby red potatoes. In one word: yummy. Unfortunately I did have to cut my visit short due to the old nose.

For next week’s blog posts, I shall give my point of view on what is now quickly appearing to be Obama vs. Romney. I don’t think and Republican can catch Mitt at this point. As my regular readers know, I tend not to talk about controversal topics such religion and politics. But next week I shall give it a go. I wish all of my readers a pleasant weekend and look for me on Wednesday.