‘Idol Talk’ sheds light on pop star crushes

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Ladies, if you’re like me, you had a teen idol. Yes, I know. It is a bit embarrassing to admit that any of us “mature adults” once dreamed of meeting Elvis, dancing with Paul McCartney or breathing the same air as Bobby Sherman. My idol (surprise!) was Peter Noone, Herman of Herman’s Hermits, the group that gave us such ear …

Idol Talk is here!

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First copies of the long-anticipated anthology rolled of the presses on May 29. What began as a fun email exchange between writer Elizabeth Searle and me more than four years ago has become the first-ever collection of essays about teen idols by some of America’s most fabulous female writers:  Ann Hood, Jill McCorkle, Leslea Newman, B.A. Shapiro, Judy Goldman, Susan Straight, Dolen Perkins …

Time travel for word lovers, or fun with Merriam-Webster

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You word lovers out there: here’s a website you won’t want to miss. The folks at Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, have added an historical component to their website. You can find it here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/2016 Scroll back on the years and see when certain words were first printed in the English language. Words may be used in spoken English for years …

Where have all the sewers gone?

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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to sew. By age five, my mother had put a needle and thread in my hand and showed me how to stitch fabric. One of my fondest memories was going to the fabric department of Jon’s Department Store in my small Midwestern hometown. At age five I chose material for …

If this isn’t a food desert, it sure feels gritty

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Dare I say it? Newton is a food desert. It’s been that way since Harris Teeter left. A “food desert” is one of those trendy labels meant to shame corporations for pulling out of less-than profitable locations. It’s officially an area, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. As long as we have …

Saluting Billy Graham, a real American hero

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I don’t remember a time before Billy Graham. And so I stood with the 300 people gathered on Feb. 24 at the Startown overpass on US 321. It was unseasonably warm, and many of us waited for an hour or more, watching the traffic whiz by as oversized American and Christian flags flapped from the overpass, waiting for North Carolina’s …