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Heart Shields

LightGrams March 21, 2019 Volume 23, Number 12 If someone points a bow and arrow at you, do you know what to do? An unnamed man in Melbourne, Australia provides us with a tactic: Hold up your smartphone. In doing that, the arrow pierced through this man’s phone and saved his life. (The phone, however,…

Zombie Lights

LightGrams March 14, 2019 Volume 23, Number 11 Zombies, of course, are not real; let’s get that off the table right now. The fiction that has developed around them, however, is very real. Since the premier of the movie “The Night Of The Living Dead” in 1968, there have been waves of fascination around the…

Problems With Apples

LightGrams January 3, 2019 Volume 23, Number 1 The world is abuzz this morning with stories about Apple, manufacturer of computers and smartphones. The news centers around Tim Cook’s warning to investors on January 2 to expect lower sales numbers. The Apple CEO noted a slowdown in sales in China, a market responsible for about…

Too Close To Danger

LightGrams September 20, 2018 Volume 22, Number 34 Earlier this week the Associated Press carried a story about a man given a ticket by park rangers at Yellowstone National Park. He had been observed by visitors to Old Faithful, walking very near the geyser and even laying down near it. Some thought he was contemplating…

Playing With Fire

LightGrams April 5, 2018 Volume 22, Number 13 A campfire can be hypnotic. Young children must be carefully watched as they stand before such a fire. Those too young to realize the dangers of fire may play with something that will lead to great harm. A man near Fresno, California was recently caught on video…

Six Days AWOL

LightGrams February 15, 2017 Volume 22, Number 7 The story of Danny Filippidis, age 49, is intriguing. The 49-year-old firefighter from Toronto was skiing with friends on Whiteface Mountain in New York last week – and then couldn’t be found. A massive search was launched, utilizing hundreds of volunteers looking in hazardous terrain. About 7,000…

Greased Poles

LightGrams January 25, 2017 Volume 22, Number 4 Entertainment was harder to find in “the old days”. I remember being at the city park for a July 4th celebration when I was young. One of the highlights of the day was watching men trying to climb a telephone pole to retrieve a $10 bill on…

An Unpayable Bill

LightGrams January 4, 2017 Volume 22, Number 1 Let me warn you: This is an Erie story. Before sticklers for precise spelling begin screaming let me assure you that I know how to spell the word that means “strange” or “weird”: that would be eerie, and it’s not capitalized. The story to which I’m about…

A Marathon, The Hard Way

LightGrams October 19, 2017 Volume 21, Number 36 Irene Sewell is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. She recently completed a marathon race in 7 hours and 28 minutes. If you’re wondering what’s so special about that, let me finish: She ran the entire marathon in high heels! Winning a spot in…

The Bomb In His House

LightGrams April 20, 2017 Volume 21, Number 14 When the owner of the gun shop in Hull, Massachusetts was offered the Civil War relic for $1,000, he saw it for what it was.  The 15-pound cannonball still had a fuse attached, so he said, “That looks live to me.  Out the door, please.”  He wanted…