There are some songs I hear played this time of year that never fail to mess up my holly, jolly Christmas mood and rip my twig of mistletoe right off the ceiling.
If I had been born into a military family or some other type of family bound to moving, I wouldn’t have the pain I feel right now. The blessing of continual relocation is that roots cannot grow very deep. Not so with those of us who lived in one small spot on the globe from birth to adulthood. Time allows our roots to go deep, holding us to home even after we leave.
Robert Johnson was born in 1911 in the spring. Both the month of his birth and his final resting place remain in dispute. He was a teenager before he found out who his dad really was. He never got used to living in any one place. This movement shaped the rest of his life.
The turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, the integral part of a classic meal that commemorates communities coming together to count their blessings.
This year, the Lenoir/Caldwell County Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance is starting what officials hope becomes a new Thanksgiving tradition bringing communities together.
If you are lucky enough to be the individual carving the turkey, then you should make sure you are prepared for the task.
Griffith, who has written four books, spent 30 years teaching in Caldwell County Schools but is now retired. This year, two of Griffith’s books earned her three awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians.
The cashier counting out my change seemed to be moving in slow motion as I waited to grab my groceries and move on to the next errand. She stopped mid-transaction and politely answered a question for another customer. Come on, come on, I silently urged her. Without forethought a single word came into my consciousness: “Breathe.”
Put on your long-handles and warm up the dog sled, y’all, because it’s going to be a hard winter. At least that’s what those who say the old saying are saying. It could probably be considered misdemeanor heresy, but personally I put very little stock in old wives’ tales when it comes to forecasting the weather.
On Thanksgiving night, the tower on top of Hibriten Mountain will alight in the shape of a star, signaling the start of the holiday season to anyone within view, the same as it has for more than half a century.
But what can’t be seen from miles away is the rusting, 85-foot tower that star is perched on, a maze of frayed wires and outdated bulbs.
Handmade mugs, beauty products, jewelry, pottery, wine and more lined the lobby of the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Thursday for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s "Shop Local – A Christmas Sampler."
We have barely dipped our toes into the holiday season and already I’m hearing folks complain about all the stress the holidays bring with them. Stress? The holidays don’t bring stress. Stress is something you put on yourself. It could be that if you find the joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas to be stressful, you’re doing them wrong. And if that is the case you probably need to re-evaluate your attitude toward this most wonderful time of the year.
A powerful sun shone on Lenoir’s downtown square Tuesday morning, breaking the early chill and reflecting from white Navy hats and the brass fixtures atop flagpoles as dozens of people filed in for the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
Just as the ceremony started at 11 a.m., corresponding to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of World War I, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne Mihelich paused to explain a scene set just to the side of the stage.
Today we can celebrate Veterans Day with the knowledge that the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230) was signed by the president on Aug. 7, appropriating $16.3 billion to improve VA medical care with additional staff, resources, and a system of accountability. For some this bill came too late; they are beyond repair or simply gone from us this Veterans Day.
A bright sun began to break the chill Saturday morning in Sawmills as a large crowd silently watched American and POW-MIA flags being lowered, carefully folded and replaced with a new flag.
In downtown Lenoir Saturday afternoon, arts, crafts and paintings mixed with lagers, pale ales and porters in the bright sun, drawing a crowd to taste and see what regional artisans produce.
There are moments in American history that are breathtaking and thought-provoking. One took place on the morning of Nov. 11, 1921, as the casket carrying the country’s Unknown Soldier from World War I made its way by caisson across the bridge from the U.S. Capitol to Arlington Cemetery.
Everyone has a story.
It’s written by the lives they touch, the people they love and the legacies they leave behind.
That’s what was celebrated Thursday night at the Wig Bank of Caldwell County’s 12th Annual Legacy banquet at Mountain Grove Church, the stories of six individuals who lost their battles with cancer but left a story that strings together community, love and family.
The Hues and Brews Festival on Nov. 8 is an expansion on the Caldwell Arts Council’s annual fall studio tours, said Lee Carol Giduz, the arts council's executive director. “We’ve done a gallery tour of Caldwell County for probably five years where people travel from studio to studio throughout the county,” she said. The festival is an effort to add some “oomph” and get more people out to enjoy what Lenoir has to offer.
A few weeks ago I told you about our need to find a car so I could park the family’s old minivan. A change had to be made because the old girl rattled, rocked, rusted out, and in general sounded like what the old folks used to call “the running gears of bad luck.” I’m not sure what that means exactly, but at any rate, that’s what they used to say.
Pollsters say America today suffers extreme political polarization. I concur with that diagnosis, given the ill-will and loathing I’ve encountered with people from both the major parties. Nothing good will ever come out of hate and a lack of civility toward one another. Whether or not our culture has unraveled beyond repair of the breaches, I do not know, but I hope for reason to prevail. Information on an advice poster that I saw last week would go a long ways toward restoring civility.
In 2014, cancer will claim an estimated 585,720 lives, and 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.
But what the numbers can’t show are the ripples – all the friends, family, nurses, doctors, civic organizations, schools, sports teams and towns that those lives touched.
A convict grimacing in pain, strapped into an electric chair, a bloody sheet covering a body, tombstones, gruesome clowns and witches are just the tip of the iceberg at a small cabin nestled deep within the winding roads and hills of Green Mountain RV Park outside Lenoir.
It wasn’t difficult to tell which company had taken up residence at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center on Tuesday. The place was filled with bright blue, green, yellow and red accents, statues of little green “Androids,” free food and massages, and the latest in technology products.