19 and Inexperienced

My name is Frank Barella. I am the Director of Quality Improvement & Compliance at The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties. I am proud to say that I have known and served people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families for over 20...

“People First Language”

My name is Sr. Janice Marie Johnson. I am a Sister of Mercy and have been working in the Diocese of Allentown for 36 years. I was principal of Mercy School for Special Learning, a school in Allentown for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental...

Joyful Noise

by Kathy McAuley Choral singing has always been a moving experience for me and it’s an honor to sing in Lehigh University’s outstanding choral program. But when Choral Arts Director Steven Sametz invited the aptly named Joyful Noise chorus to sing with us in our...

Before he was famous …

When your last name begins with “W,” near the end of the alphabet, you come to expect to be always at the end of a line and in the back of a room. That included most of the classrooms of my youth, where seating was organized alphabetically. That’s how I came to know...

Technology is great — when it works.

Although not the biggest fan of the Six Million Dollar Man, I always liked the opening when the voice who spoke of the injured Steve Austin, said, Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability…..  Somehow, it was comforting as a child...

Perseverance and teamwork.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an extraordinary presentation.  Major Scott Smiley was the featured keynote speaker.  Major Smiley, a graduate of West Point and an impressive leader, shared his message of “Perseverance”.  You see, Major...