Bonjour, Jean. Comment vas-tu?

tamrawilson French

If you took French in the 1960s, chances are this dialog is burned into your memory: Bonjour Jean. Comment vas-tu? (Hello, John, How are you?) Tres bien, merci. Et toi? (Very well, thanks. And you?) Pas mal, merci. (Not bad, thanks). This well-worn dialog is from the A-LM French course used in the 1960s. I know like a radio jingle. …

Stars aligned to birth two music legends in June 1942

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Apparently the stars were aligned in June 1942. As World War II blazed, two of the most legendary composers of our lifetime were born: Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson. You may have heard about McCartney turning 80 on June 18, but Wilson’s big day on June 20 slipped by essentially unnoticed by the media, and that’s too bad. Wilson’s might …

Air travel is for the birds

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A lot of people are traveling this summer in spite of high prices and long lines. Recently, while I was checking in to a flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the security line stretched the length of the Departures lobby. After two years of COVID restrictions, folks are eager to get out of Dodge while the getting’s good. I expected …

Strawberry fields, forever

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Nothing says May quite like fresh strawberries. And no, I’m not talking about packages of berries in the produce section. I mean the ones you pick yourself. Last Thursday I took my young granddaughter to a pick-your-own field south of Newton and spent a short while stepping among the neat rows. White plastic surrounding the soil around each plant, unlike …

Life is short. Use the good dishes.

tamrawilson Cleaning house, Keepsakes, Old stuff, Uncategorized

Most young adults aren’t into the stuff Baby Boomers have collected. What one generation treasures, the next one rejects. It’s true. The bone china and silver that you registered for when you got married may be relegated to Goodwill. When it comes to stuff, there are two kinds of people: keepers and shedders. I am of the former group mostly, …

Flagpole sitting, flappers, frivolity marked life in ‘20s

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What did people do for fun 100 years ago? I researched 1920s entertainment for a program I gave recently to my DAR chapter.  The John Hoyle chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is marking its 100th anniversary this year. Our main celebration is planned at the Hickory History Center. There will be 1920s décor, food and tours of Harper House, …