Time traveling to Colonial America

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There’s nothing like breaking through a brick wall on the family tree. I had one of those spine-tingling discoveries recently, thanks to Ancestry.com. That on-line service touts millions of records on-line. Information is digitized and uploaded regularly, so it helps to check back often. A couple of weeks ago I logged on and proceeded to spent two days in 17th …

I love these washed-up bits of history

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I can’t tell you when I got the sea glass bug. Well no, maybe I can. The year was 2002, when I read the Anita Shreve’s novel, Sea Glass.  The historical romance focused on Honora Beecher, a young bride, and her husband starting out life amidst 1920s moral turmoil, of bad judgement and how their fragmented life is mirrored by …

Salute to the Ladies of the Panty Club

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The year was 1981 and I had just taken a job at Central Telephone Company in Hickory, NC. Female employees gathered to celebrate birthdays over lunch—and gift panties. The telephone company ladies were a practical lot. Granted, a Panty Club wasn’t for everyone, but few invitees turned us down.  After all, receiving an entire wardrobe of new panties every year …

On being from ‘the good place’

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Most of us have no idea how deeply our culture permeates the world until we go overseas. Indeed everywhere my husband and I went in Scandinavia last month, we were reminded how “American” the world is. There’s the expected Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and movies and popular music. You know that the minute you hear Harry Connick Jr. sing jazz in …

The odds can be pretty darned odd

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In my last column, I wrote about chance encounters in odd places.  One of them involved my aunt who happened to sit next to a man on a flight from LA to Washington. This was the same man I’d just met on-line—a distant cousin–who happened to be researching the same family line. Life has its random moments, which brings me …

Scruggs Center pickin’ good day trippin’

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  A lot of folks know that my husband and I like to take day trips. Our latest foray took us to Shelby, destination: The Earl Scruggs Center. This foray came at the invitation of friends Jay and Sylvia, who had recently read a piece about the Center in Our State Magazine. The Center is easy to find there in …

Chevrons a sign of the times

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Few things intrigue me more than design. Somewhere, someplace there are people deciding what we’ll be wearing next season, what color we’ll “like” and what patterns will emerge on clothing, housewares, gift wrap, upholstery and wallpaper. No design motif has irked me more than chevrons. Wherever there’s a clean surface, a chevron will find a home. I know exactly where …

DAR much more than tea and crumpets

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Is there anything more American than the DAR? The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, with more than 170,000 members, is one of the largest women’s organizations in the United States. Don’t let the white-gloved, tea-sipping stereotype fool you. DAR supports education, historic preservation and patriotism through service to active military, veterans and new citizens. Members are as young …