A box of cookies to cure the lonelies

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The holidays can be a lonely time for soldiers and sailors away from home. Today we have an estimated 1.3 million serving in the armed services with more than 300,000 deployed to more than 150 countries around the world. In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget these brave men and women who serve on …

Red-and-green plaid in a solid gray world

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If you have any doubts about what color is “in” these days, it’s gray. Light gray and dark gray—ash, platinum, silver, nickel, charcoal, slate with some beige, with some white and black thrown in. This stark reality was reinforced when my husband Tym and I went furniture shopping recently. I don’t know what’s more stressful—trying to agree on furniture you’ll …

Looking for America

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My husband Tym and I spent most of October driving to California. We’re retired, so we have the time. We’ve done this before, but this time, we wanted to see a new route on our way to visit family near Reno. The road in a rented Jeep Compass took us west on I-40, wound us through small towns and cities, …

Halloween in Cleaverville

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Most adults remember a time when Halloween was a kids’ holiday. There were school carnivals with cake walks, and several evenings of trick or treating. Back then, kids traveled after dark with older kids in charge. They stopped at houses where they knew the people who would play along trying to guess which costumed character was who. It was the …

Vietnam series revisits national heartache

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“The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” has kept many of us mesmerized since the first installment aired on Sept. 17.  The PBS series, directed by two legendary documentarists, is well-researched, well edited and thought-provoking. I began watching with trepidation, unsure that I wanted to engage the Vietnam War again. Only a couple of weeks ago, …

History repeats itself with Harvey

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Most of us watching the Hurricane Harvey recovery are horrified by the destruction and misery. The few bright spots are seeing people and their pets brought to safety and Newton’s own Brock Long, the newly appointed FEMA administrator, in charge of recovery efforts. Meanw hile, breathless reporters claim this is a never-before-seen event. “Record-breaking,” “unprecedented,” “beyond anything experienced,” they say. …

Angel Food Cake Demands Strawberry Icing

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Angel food cake is light, fluffy and tricky to make. Recipes call for something like six egg whites, which leaves me in a quandary as to what to do with the rest of those eggs. That’s why I bought a $5 grocery store cake from Food Lion the other day. Naked and spongy, it sat there in its round plastic …

Type-in? No thanks

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Recently I read an article about a new trend for hipsters: the type-in. As the story goes, typewriter enthusiasts are holding gatherings in bars and restaurants to type to their heart’s content. In 2017, twenty years after most typewriters were swapped for word processors, old-school typewriting is making a comeback. This summer actor Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer are …

Watts’ debut novel wows this reader

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Stephanie Powell Watts is an author you need to know. She grew up in Caldwell County and has beaten the odds to land a major New York publishing deal. Her first novel, No One is Coming to Save Us, was released this spring, and last week I had the chance to read it. Wow! The book manuscript commanded six figures …

How I learned to eat cold fried chicken

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This post first appeared on WFAEats, a blog affiliated with Charlotte’s NPR station.   http://wfae.org/post/english-lesson-how-i-learned-eat-cold-fried-chicken All the recent news about the United Kingdom took me back to 1974, when I was a college student in Brighton. The oil embargo hit Britain hard that winter while the Troubles in Northern Ireland continued to boil over with occasional bomb threats and road …