What a difference 19 years makes

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Nineteen years ago my husband and I were flying to a family reunion. It was Friday, Sept. 14—three days after the 9-11 attacks—and airports were just reopening.  Needless to say, security was tight. Two officers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport checked our trunk and asked several questions when we arrived at 6 a.m. Once inside the terminal, we waited in …

Escape 2020 at Murray’s Mill

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If you’re looking for a fun place to escape from this dreadful COVID summer, take a drive to Murray’s Mill Historic District near Catawba. You won’t be sorry. Since late May, the Catawba County Historical Association has revamped and restocked the old Murray & Minges General Store and what a wonder it is! Open seven days a week, the store …

Farewell to Road Scholars and more

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Chalk up another COVID-19 casualty. The North Carolina Humanities Council has cancelled their Road Scholars speakers bureau. Road Scholars, founded in 1990, allowed groups throughout the state to book speakers to discuss a variety of topics at little or no cost to the hosting organization. The Road Scholars program catalog included presentations by more than 60 speakers which focused on …

Mob targets MA 54th monument

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Spray painting and destroying monuments has been a thing these days, instigated by rage over the death of George Floyd. We’ve heard about the beheading, burning and drowning of a Christopher Columbus statue in Richmond, the furor over the Abraham Lincoln Emancipation statue in Boston, where a resident has initiated a petition to demand its removal because the slave figure …

Locktown inspires house dress comeback

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After this extended COVID staycation, many of us have adopted a simpler dress code. Yes, clothing was relaxed well before the pandemic–thank Casual Fridays for that–but the extended quarantine has prompted a state of perpetual dress-down.   With no meetings, church services, luncheons or dinner parties to attend, there’s no reason to dress up. And if 30 days form a …

Lockdown poses more questions than answers

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COVID-19 is a novel virus, so by definition it’s learn-as-you-go. I get that, but nothing drives me crazier than inconsistency and condescension, and here lately, we’ve had plenty of both. A few weeks ago I ventured out on a grocery run. I wore a mask and wiped down the grocery cart handle.  Immediately, I was fussed at for shopping the …

Recent cold snap reminiscent of year of no summer

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Last weekend’s cold snap had us gardeners scurrying to cover tender plants. Saturday’s dip into the mid-30s was the coldest May reading I can recall in the 40 years I’ve lived in Catawba County. Sunday morning I saw 36 on my cellphone weather tab. A friend saw frost on the glass of her car in Newton. I checked the web …