Nostalgic anchors for our topsy-turvy world

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Recently my friend Gina and I were chatting over lunch. She’s into chalkware, those funky wall plaques from the 1940s and 50s painted in bright colors. She said she was looking on eBay for a fruit plaque to replicate one she remembered in her grandmother’s house.  I think she said bananas or apples or maybe grapes. I knew exactly what …

Where have all the manners gone?

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At a recent church gathering, a lady I know asked me to sit with her. “I have something to ask you,” she said. She had recently read Dire Predictions, a book about global warming. I have not read the book, so she pointed out that the authors, Lee Kump and Michael Mann, stated that some scientists do not believe in …

Make a list, check it twice

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It’s 2017. If you’re reading this, you already have a reason to be thankful. You made it into another year. That’s more than many did. You know who they were. We can resolve some big things that we probably won’t do. Lose weight, stop smoking, save more money or spend more time with family. Resolutions, no matter how well intentioned, …

Let’s talk Boomers & Bypasses

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If you have some Christmas money lying around, treat yourself to a copy of Gary Freeze’s Catawbans Volume III: Boomers and Bypasses. The Museum of History in Newton has them for sale for $40 each. Or better yet, buy The Catawbans trilogy for $100 in a protective sleeve and a $14 savings off the individual book price and the complete …

Let’s crusade for better taste, please

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Recently I had the good fortune to tour Israel with a group of Presbyterians. Pastor Whit Malone of First Church, Hickory led a flock of 30 for eight days of sightseeing, Bible referencing and exploring from the Negev Desert to Mount Hermon. In America we consider something built in 1920 as “old.” Over there the word takes on new meaning. …