The Drive to Create Self-Driving Cars

Knight Rider Kitt Pontiac Firebird Interior webLet us drift back in time to when you first learned to drive. Forget the panicked look on your instructor's face and think about the feeling of freedom you had as you anticipated going where you wanted when you wanted. Ah, the dreams of youth!
There is another dream driving automotive engineers, entrepreneurs, and expectant techies in the 21st century: self-driving cars. Somewhere between 2018 and 2020, they would be available to the public. Ooops. It turns out that mimicking the nuances of human drivers is a lot more difficult than first thought.

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Getting Help When a Loved One Cannot Safely Drive

elderly driver webRemember your sense of freedom when you passed the driver’s test and got that coveted license? Suddenly, with keys in hand, you were no longer dependent on others to take you where you wanted to go. It is no wonder then, that taking away a license can be heartbreaking for both the driver and those forced to revoke it, says geriatrician Roopa Anmolsingh, MD.
“There’s a well-defined entry point for starting to drive, but there’s no exit point that tells you when you should stop driving,” says Anmolsingh, of St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates. “I always get asked if driving is a right or a privilege. Regardless, we know it’s very important for a person’s self-esteem and independence. It provides a sense of freedom.”

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In a Pickle for Something To Do?

Grange Park Upper Macungie Pickleball webIt’s summertime, and many thoughts turn to sports: baseball, basketball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and Disc Golf, to name a few. But have your thoughts ever turned to Pickleball?
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Pickleball, but it has been a fast-growing sport since its creation in 1965. Although it has a funny name, Pickleball is a world-wide phenomenon — there are over 2,000,000 Pickleball enthusiasts in the United States alone. It can be played through community groups, PE classes, retirement communities, senior centers, schools — anywhere there is enough space and some simple equipment. It’s a simple game for the whole family, so don’t you think it’s time to join in the fun?

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Masters of Mirth, Gurus of Guffaws (Part 2)

Sid Caesar webAlthough the origins of the television set are kind of sketchy, there is one thing for sure: It helped bring back the visual element of Vaudeville-style entertainment that was lost to radio. Dancers, dog acts, and dangerous acrobatics, didn't fare well on radio, so many such acts faded away, along with "sketch comedy," a fast-moving style of madness that was lost to the half-hour situation comedy format.

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Things To Do With Grandkids - Late Summer 2021

library books child reading webPublic libraries are quiet places to introduce your grandchildren to the great events and thoughts of history. Show them that books don't have to be read on little screens or recharged. Let the kids pick out books that interest them and share your thoughts and experiences regarding that subject. Borrow some videos of old shows and documentaries and discuss them. Libraries often have special programs, contests, and author presentations for children. Check out your local library!

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Cruisin' in the Lehigh Valley — The Cars of Summer

hot rod antique classic car automobile webWho can forget cruisin' the streets on those hot summer days? Probably not the police; they keep their files for a long time. Seriously, the United States is a car nation (no pun intended), and summer is the time for putting the top down, or turning on the air conditioning, setting the cruise control, pumping up Sirius XM, putting the cell phone away, getting out the GPS, setting the lane assist and collision warning system, and having a good time! Seems driving has changed a bit since those 25-cent- and 14-miles-per-gallon days. Check out these summer car gigs!

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