Confessions of a cable cutter

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Don’t ask Millennials about the latest cable TV program. Chances are these young adults don’t subscribe. If they’ve seen a certain “cable” show, it’s streamed off the internet. Millennials, born from 1977 to 1994, are opting out of cable bundles to tailor their TV viewing provided by social media companies rather than satellite or cable companies. My husband and I became …

My ancestor the orphan train rider

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When friends tell you to do something, listen. Late in 2013, Luana, a member of my book club, was discussing bestselling novel, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I shared the fact that my great-grandmother was an orphan train rider back before the Civil War. And then Luana said, “I think that story would make a great program.” I went …

Jolene the Dog and Other Naming Riddles

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I don’t know where the Humane Society comes up with names for adoptable pets. In 2012, our corgi mix came home with her medical record, a sweet disposition and an impossible name: “Angelea.” I know Humane Society folks mean well, and giving them human names makes these hopeful family members seem more like family. But my husband and I decided …

Passwords…Mission Impossible

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Let’s face it. We’re drowning in passwords. What used to be associated with secret clubs and fraternity handshakes have crept into everyday life at an alarming clip. Passwords are required to open an account, pay a bill, retrieve your own money and order stuff. Passwords are needed for things you merely want and those you don’t: emails from your insurance …

A Fork in the Road

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  I love the absurd sayings of Yogi Berra. One of my favorites is, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I did just that when I retired from Catawba County Library System. On Jan. 28, I packed up my office stuff and headed out to a new adventure. Then some of you in Reader Land …

Keepers and their keepsakes

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Recently I attended a writing workshop offered by Poetry Hickory. For those of you who don’t know, Poetry Hickory is a monthly gathering of readers and writers at Taste Full Beans, a coffee shop in downtown Hickory. It’s organized by Scott Owen. That evening Jaki Shelton Green, a revered North Carolina poet, shared how objects can inform writing. She told us …