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 …

Farewell to the library column

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After more than eight years, I bid farewell to the weekly column for the Catawba County Library system. Here it is in case you missed it: “Dream big, it might come true” Newton, NC, Jan. 26, 2015: By Tammy Wilson Public Information Officer Catawba County Library System When I was 10 years old, I dreamed of being a newspaper columnist—more …

Let the great yarns spin

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I have the privilege of living in a community with an outstanding writer’s series. During the school year Lenoir-Rhyne University brings outstanding authors to campus where students and community members can hear some of today’s best writers read and comment on their craft and engage questions from the audience. The series is free and open to the public. Last week’s …

The day I preached a sermon

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Yes friends, I was the “11 o’clock preacher” Aug. 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC. I spoke that Sunday after our contemporary church musicians performed a wonderful tribute to the Byrd’s “Turn, Turn, Turn.” I admit that I have been remiss in not posting this earlier. Here is my text: “To Every Thing There is a Season” Our …