Such a tale my DNA tells

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Testing DNA is a national craze. Eighteen months ago I succumbed to the temptation. Like thousands of others, I ponied up the fee and mailed off my saliva sample to Ancestry.com. A few weeks later learned that I am 43 percent British, 34 percent Irish and 12 percent Scandinavian. The Scandinavian bit threw me. My family paper trail shows I’m …

The working story I can’t make up

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The Catawba County Museum of History is asking the public to submit stories of their working life as part of an upcoming attraction, “The Way We Worked.” It’s all part of a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit opening Aug. 8 in Newton. If I were to write a work story, it would involve my friend Sylvia Bajorek. It all began in …

‘Idol Talk’ sheds light on pop star crushes

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Ladies, if you’re like me, you had a teen idol. Yes, I know. It is a bit embarrassing to admit that any of us “mature adults” once dreamed of meeting Elvis, dancing with Paul McCartney or breathing the same air as Bobby Sherman. My idol (surprise!) was Peter Noone, Herman of Herman’s Hermits, the group that gave us such ear …

Idol Talk is here!

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First copies of the long-anticipated anthology rolled of the presses on May 29. What began as a fun email exchange between writer Elizabeth Searle and me more than four years ago has become the first-ever collection of essays about teen idols by some of America’s most fabulous female writers:  Ann Hood, Jill McCorkle, Leslea Newman, B.A. Shapiro, Judy Goldman, Susan Straight, Dolen Perkins …

Time travel for word lovers, or fun with Merriam-Webster

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You word lovers out there: here’s a website you won’t want to miss. The folks at Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, have added an historical component to their website. You can find it here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/2016 Scroll back on the years and see when certain words were first printed in the English language. Words may be used in spoken English for years …

Where have all the sewers gone?

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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to sew. By age five, my mother had put a needle and thread in my hand and showed me how to stitch fabric. One of my fondest memories was going to the fabric department of Jon’s Department Store in my small Midwestern hometown. At age five I chose material for …