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 …

Comfort food to go

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Last week I read a Los Angeles Times article about Central Americans and their boxes of Polo Campero, filling airline cabins with the aroma of deep-fried chicken on flights to LAX. Apparently, this has been going on for years. Relatives who would otherwise avoid freeway traffic gladly brave rush hour to pick up their chicken-carrying kin. Never mind that Pollo …

Overdue library book grabs my attention

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Have you heard about the woman who kept a library book for 63 years? I read this bizarre story, thanks to email from Candace, a friend who saw it in The New York Times. The recent article told of 74-year-old Betty Diamond who had kept an overdue library book in her possession–carrying it with her wherever she moved–for more than …