Begin your family quest on July 30

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If you’ve ever watched TV episodes of “Finding Your Roots,” or “Genealogy Road Show,” you’ve probably fancied yourself being one of the lucky ones who learn about their family tree on the program. Research basics used on those television programs are the same as for anyone. Begin with yourself (the known) and work back to the unknown. Document every step …

Talking herbs at Hart Square

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I received an invitation to time travel last month and of course I jumped at the chance. For several years now, Judy Sigmon and I have portrayed 1840s herbalists during the fall festival at Hart Square, Dr. Robert Hart’s complex of log cabins. It’s the largest collection of original historic log buildings in the United States and it’s right here …

Thank heaven for fireworks fails

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  Most of us have a fireworks story. Two of my favorites involve premature explosions. There was the time a match was dropped too close to the bag of backyard fireworks. And then there was the time someone lit too many fuses during my hometown fireworks display. In both instances, it was every man, woman and child for themselves. Something …

Blue shoes, trim suits and a nod to old-fashioned fashion

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Part of the fun of traveling is seeing how other people live and if what we saw in the United Kingdom last month is any indication, the Brits have us beat when it comes to clothing. Like most world capitals, London should have its share of well-dressed businessmen, but the suit thing followed us to Wales, Dublin and Belfast and …

What I took away from Ireland

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Unless you are an American Indian, your people came from someplace else. For me, someplace else is the United Kingdom and Ireland, where I had the good fortune to visit last month. I know that people go there every day, but we hadn’t been in many years and neither me nor my husband had set foot in Northern Ireland. Our …

Jet setting is no glamour game

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Being part of the jet set is so glamorous. As Tammy Wynette and George Jones sang so famously, the lyrics no longer hold true. Traveling is no picnic, whether you’re part of the jet set or the “Chevro-LETT” set. People aren’t as pleasant as they used to be. If you’re planning to leave home these days, be sure to fill …

History’s mystery–the sweet tater snack

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I’ve lived in Catawba County, NC for 37 years, and I’m still learning things about local culture. Take sweet potatoes. Please. They are not my favorite food, a sure sign I’m not a Catawba County native. If I were, I would already know that sweet potatoes are a snack food. I learned this nugget of wisdom at the Catawban Book …