Life is short. Use the good dishes.

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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, …

Things are getting crazy out there

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It’s a crazy world we live in. If you’ve followed the news, you know that our neighbors to the north have been in turmoil over a trucker protest. The Freedom Convoy was protesting federal COVID 19 vaccine mandates, were all about individual choice, they said. Some 90 percent of the truckers are reportedly vaccinated. It’s the mandates that have them …

General stores: Just enough of everything

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I like old stores. There’s something about the ambiance, the friendliness, the variety in a tiny space, the hub of everyday necessity. Last month I discovered retro store heaven: Town Hardware & General Store in Black Mountain. Until then I’d never spent much time in Black Mountain, other than the Berliner Kindl German restaurant, which I highly recommend. Up a …

What’s the deal with UFOS?

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Like most kids of the Sixties, I grew up musing about Unidentified Flying Objects. I read sci-fi books, watched the night sky for Sputnik and marveled at meteors. What if a spaceship landed with strange beings like the ones on “The Outer Limits” or “The Day the Earth Stood Still”? Project Blue Book–the government program, not the TV show—collected information …

Seek and you may eventually find

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I was talking to my old friend “Maria” last week. She was lamenting the fact that she cannot find her topaz necklace. It’s a beautiful stone, she said. She has looked in every hiding place she and her husband can think of. I told her not to give up. Maybe the saints can help. It was a strange suggestion coming …