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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book talk, signing

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Sally McMurry will speak about and sign copies of her book, “Pennsylvania Farming: A History In Landscapes,” 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Her slide-lecture will include images from Pennsylvania farms. McMurry, who received a PhD from Cornell University, is Professor Emerita of American History at The Pennsylvania State University.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

Healthy Geezer: Cardiac ablation

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. When doctors perform a cardiac ablation, what do they use to clean the heart?

This question made me laugh because I had the same misconception as the correspondent. We both confused ablation with ablution. Ablation is a surgical excision of tissue. Ablution is a cleansing with water or another liquid.

Cardiac ablation corrects heart arrhythmias by destroying tissue that blocks the electrical signal traveling through your heart to make it beat. By clearing the signal pathway...

Respectfully Yours: College roommate

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m a freshman in college and this is the first time I’ve had a roommate. I’m having trouble adjusting because we have drastically different social lives and study habits. Our dorm room is small and we can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. What can I do to survive living with my roommate?

Dear Reader,

First-year college students like you have a lot on their minds: making new friends, navigating the campus, and choosing a major.

There’s so much...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: BBQ beef rib-a-que, roasted potato, green beans, banana.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Pulled pork, warm bean salad, creamy spinach, applesauce.

Friday, Oct. 12: Cheese ravioli with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, apricots.

Monday, Oct. 15: Vegetable lasagna w/ meat sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, cinnamon apples.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Potato crusted fish, brown rice, peas and carrots, fresh orange.

Wednesday, Oct...

The Family Project: First-grader reading

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My six-year-old daughter entered first grade this year. By the end of the first week of school, my daughter started becoming tearful at home, right in the middle of fun activities. When I ask her what is wrong, she says things like, “Who is going to play games with me when you die?” I had no idea where this is coming from. I reassure her that I’m not going anywhere, and she calms down. But the next day, it happens again. It is really upsetting me that she is so consumed with thoughts of...

Movie Review: ‘Smallfoot’ small

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Smallfoot” is “Frozen” without the ice-skating.

And also without Olaf.

“Smallfoot” has gorgeous animation of snow-laden landscapes of mountains and trees. The detail of artistry is impressive. For example, the hair on Migo, a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) is incredible, as is the animation of the face, eyes, mouth and physical movements of the character.

A Yeti is also known as the Abominable Snowman, a mythical apelike creature said to be taller than humans. The Yeti...

Maria Bamford has Rx for her standup comedy

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Maria Bamford’s comedy can be difficult to describe.

Imagine if all the voices in your head decided to put on a show while embodied in an adorably nervous human chihuahua and you might get a clue as to Bamford’s original comedic brand.

Maria Bamford returns to Musikfest Cafe, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Bamford’s brew, a comedy stew, is part performance art, masterful vocal manipulation, physical comedy, cathartic confessional and stand-up...