Bump stocks, crazies and other stuff I can’t explain

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  A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a man who once taught Nikolas Cruz, summed things up after Cruz killed 17 people there on Feb. 14:  To tell you the truth, I’m not surprised. I’m numbed, the teacher said. Numbed. In the wake of the Florida school shooting, with emotions running high, it’s crazy to even bring up the …

The curious tale of Isaac Wise

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Recently my book club discussed A History of Catawba County by Charles Preslar. In 1954, Preslar, a local reporter, wrote the county’s story including the legend of a local patriot, Isaac Wise. The Wises are said to have lived at the head of the South Fork River. On a modern map, that’s near the intersection of Highway 10 and 321 …

Three winters that sent us packing

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The recent cold snap reminds me of why we live in North Carolina. I know, six degrees  sounds extreme, but it could be worse. We could be buried under snow that keeps coming and coming like it did 40 years ago. The other day a Facebook friend posted a photograph from Central Illinois in 1979. It showed a winter scape …

Hallmarks of the Christmas card exchange

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As I begin this column, I have just finished updating my Christmas card log. Yes, I still mail paper Christmas cards and I track those send and received in an actual book. It’s  small phone directory, which is another disappearing part of our culture. Writing down mailing addresses—the house number, street, town, state and zip code—seems so quaint nowadays. I …

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 …