“I saw six men kicking and punching the mother-in-law. My neighbor said, ‘Are you going to help?’ I said, ‘No, Six should be enough.’” – Les Dawson
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel
“A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.” - Gian Carlo Menotti
“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” – George Carlin
“All generalizations are false, including this one.” – Mark Twain
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” – Douglas Adams
“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” – John N. Mitchell
“What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth.” – Linda Ellinor
“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” – Chuck
“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”― Franz Kafka
Who: Crimson Frog
When: Open M-F 6:30 AM – 10 PM, Sat 7:30 AM – 10 PM, Sun 8:30 AM – 6 PM
Open Mike: 2nd and 4th Wed night every month
Poetic Percolations (poetry group): 2nd and 4th Tues night every month
Artists’ Wall: monthly reservations available to public
Where: Cedar Cliff Mall, 1104 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill, PA, 17011
The Crimson Frog Coffeehouse is a relaxing little place that’s ideal for just winding down after a long day’s work. For those who love to help out local businesses, this is an ideal family-owned shop to which you can contribute. There are always fresh and homemade goodies waiting in the fridge and their list of brews is never boring or without something for every customer. Be sure to keep your eyes open for a new addition coming soon: almond-based lattes—perfect for thirsty vegans!
Crimson Frog plays host to a variety of events, usually local musicians on the weekends, but it opens its stage to the public every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for open mike night. Patrons can stop on by and showcase their talents (a piano is available!) or just pick up a cup and support their friends. And every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, poets flock around steaming mugs to discuss meters and forms with Poetic Percolations. Local artists are also welcome to reserve the wall space on a monthly basis, free of charge (you are responsible for putting up and taking it down on time). Coming in on a quiet night? Share a board game with some friends or borrow one of their books and snuggle into the squishy couch if it’s free.
What: Forest and lake with accessibility for a variety of outdoor activities
When: Open year-round, events continually updated
Where: Northern York County, along PA 177
Gifford Pinchot State Park is a gorgeous place to experience the great outdoors. It is a family-friendly venue for those looking for cheaper and healthier ways to stay active. The park’s trail system works its way around the large 340-acre lake, which is home to some prize large-mouth bass. Local schools and families often visit the nature center at the Con
ewago Day Use Area and the swimming areas roped off in the shallows, and the park also has many opportunities available for campers, horseback riders, hunters (special restrictions apply), and athletes. Some upcoming events
include the sailboat regatta, triathlon, bass fishing tournament, and some children’s educational programs (such as “Snakes of PA”) and Pinchotween – Halloween at the park. During the winter, Pinchot Park also opens its frozen lake to ice skating and ice fishing after safety checks are made.
Pinchot Park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the “civilized world,” but remember: it is a large, public park with wild animals. It is imperative to follow all park rules to ensure the safety of the park’s visitors and nature, especially during winter and hunting seasons.
Who: Martin Guitar Factory
What: Free factory tours of one of the most recognized acoustic guitar makers in the world.
When: Tours run in regular intervals, M-F 11:00-2:30, and each tour lasts about one hour. Group tours (10 or more) can be scheduled M-F 8-10:30 AM.
Where: 510 Sycamore St, Nazareth, PA, 18064
The Martin Guitar Factory is a great way to get in touch with the roots of American acoustic guitar production and to experience a live factory environment. The factory tour allows for an up-close-and-personal encounter of the real manufacturing process of Martin guitars and the factory employees working behind the scenes. Every tour is safely led through each step in production by a knowledgeable guide who ensures that everyone leaves with a bit of the “secret insider info” on why Martin guitars are so famous. This tour is fun for the whole family and a great stop for locals and visitors alike.
Also available at the factory are the gift/guitar shop—where you can find an assortment of official Martin memorabilia along with genuine guitars for sale—and the museum, another free asset that is just as enjoyable as the tour itself. It leads viewers on a journey through time, starting from 1796 and through 150 years of American guitar history. Some of the most intricate and beautiful Martin guitars are showcased here.
NOTE: When visiting the factory, wear comfortable clothing (no open-toed shoes). Photography is welcome, but they require you to not use a flash. It is a factory with real workers and real machines, so please be conscious of the workers’ safety as well as your own.
We can never truly know other people, only ourselves. Everything we feel like we know is based solely on our perception, which is very limited. We can meet other people, talk, and experience time together, but the feeling of truly knowing another person is an overgeneralization. The investment, the confidence that we’ve got them “figured out” doesn’t come from true knowledge. It comes from the idea about them that we create.
This is true for all relationships, whether fleeting, prolonged, positive or unsavory, and it is essential to who we are because we’re changed in some way by each one. Our feelings about other people and how we choose to act on them is the force that shapes how well our society operates.
The two people of a relationship are like the two sides of a coin. But in truth, every coin also has a third. The first side is you. The second is your friend, family member, acquaintance or enemy. They are who sits beside you. The one you can see, hear, touch. Though we may feel we can fully understand them, we are physically and mentally separate creatures and aren’t capable of that. But, our minds compensate for this fact so well we aren’t even aware of it. Through the invention of an invisible third personality, part them and part us, we create a bridge.
This bridge personality is the result of our experience of a person and how we perceive that experience. They are filtered, condensed and incorporated into us as an idea. That idea is what we can know, and each one changes us because we help create it.
Often, our ideas about people seem more important than the actual people themselves. When our expectations are not met, we become disappointed or angry. We create a precedent, a template for future encounters, even with those whom we have never met.
Have you ever met a person with trust issues because of a single or several disappointments in the past? The fear of being let down alone makes it more difficult for them to enjoy relationships to the fullest. So, what is that fear really worth? Individuals who choose to learn a negative lesson like fear or distrust only serve to alienate themselves and impede their own ability to achieve happiness.
So, how can we avoid this impulse? First, we must ask, who is truly responsible for the way we feel? Is it the one sitting beside us, or the idea we created that has truly let us down? We feel hurt by others because we invest too much in certain expectations. Being able to have expectations of others is necessary, but maybe we can set them in a way that allows us to react positively when otherwise we wouldn’t.
Perhaps then we can free ourselves from the fear of disappointment. We can more easily accept each other for our differences, forgive for our flaws and mistakes, and open ourselves to the more positive and nourishing lessons our relationships can offer us. Isn’t that why we all have each other in the first place, to help us grow?
We may never be able to truly know the person beside us, but through a healthier maintenance of the ideas that bridge us together, our connections can make us better and happier than we ever could achieve alone. Our experiences of each other, and how we choose to perceive them, have the power to change who we are and the way we treat people in general. This affects the experiences and perceptions of everyone else, changing them as well. In this regard, we all help create each other. And, if you love yourself and love life, in a way you can thank everyone you have ever known for the help.
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