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 …

Nostalgic anchors for our topsy-turvy world

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Recently my friend Gina and I were chatting over lunch. She’s into chalkware, those funky wall plaques from the 1940s and 50s painted in bright colors. She said she was looking on eBay for a fruit plaque to replicate one she remembered in her grandmother’s house.  I think she said bananas or apples or maybe grapes. I knew exactly what …

Where have all the manners gone?

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At a recent church gathering, a lady I know asked me to sit with her. “I have something to ask you,” she said. She had recently read Dire Predictions, a book about global warming. I have not read the book, so she pointed out that the authors, Lee Kump and Michael Mann, stated that some scientists do not believe in …

Make a list, check it twice

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It’s 2017. If you’re reading this, you already have a reason to be thankful. You made it into another year. That’s more than many did. You know who they were. We can resolve some big things that we probably won’t do. Lose weight, stop smoking, save more money or spend more time with family. Resolutions, no matter how well intentioned, …