Jun. 02, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Column: You can have the 'good old days'

An older gentleman commenting on my some of my columns the other day told me, “You write a good many pieces about the good old days, but did you know the good old days weren’t all that good?”

Jun. 01, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Column: Could be a lord-of-the-flies kinds of summer

Our summertime uninvited guests have begun arriving, and already I’m working on getting rid of them. Don’t think me inhospitable since none of you would want to host these guests. With such company around, a meal may be interrupted as people at the table begin to fight with them. One evening I actually left the table to get a weapon — my fly swatter.

May. 27, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Column: They helped change the course of history

Sociologist James Loewen calls Augustus St. Gauden’s monument to Col. Robert Gould Shaw and the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment on Boston Common the defining Civil War monument. In his words, it represents “what a Civil War monument should be.”

May. 27, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Ron Beane reels in memories of fly fishermen

Caldwell County fly fishermen may know the name Ron Beane well, but they’re about to learn many, many more anglers names thanks to his new book about notable local fly fishermen.

May. 26, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Column: The scarring process continues

Since December I’ve pondered the how’s and why’s of suffering and pain. No one has the answers to those hard questions, but I do know that the awful things in our lives are just that — simply awful — but we make it through by the grace of God. We come through changed and view life from a new perspective, one that may be for the better or the worse.

May. 23, 2015 @ 04:01 PM

Column: Tips to help you care for tomatoes all season

Tomatoes are the most popular summer vegetable grown in gardens. Whether your tomatoes are in the ground or still waiting to be planted, you can follow these tips for tasty tomatoes all season.

May. 23, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Column: What's on your watch list?

I am a Netflix hoarder. My watch queue has 383 selections in it. Hope, shall I say, springs eternal. Granted, not all of the movies, documentaries and television shows waiting in line to be viewed are mine. Some belong to my husband, but nearly all of them are something I would like to watch if and when two uninterrupted hours of mind-numbing tedium ever beset me.

May. 21, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Column: More memories of Buffalo Cove School

Last week I shared a few of my memories of attending a two-room country school in Buffalo Cove. Today I am sharing a few more.

May. 21, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Column: A medal to a soldier, long time passing

The shooting stopped 40 years ago. Now, more than 58,000 names are etched on the Vietnam War Memorial in the nation’s capital.

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Column: Parenting ought to be hardest thing you do

In order to lead a child down the paths we deem prudent and right requires we spend a lot of our time with them. And there is the rub. In a world where it takes a lion’s share of our day to just eeek out a living, where do we find the time to nurture and teach our children? Parents who care worry about things like this.

May. 11, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Patterson summer classes look at farming, gardens, health

A schedule of summer classes at The Patterson School will include classes on farming, canning, crafts, and a week-long retreat based on eating and health.

May. 11, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Column: Don't let the well go dry

Water, a most precious resource, is in the news lately, from the severe drought in California to the precipitation generated by Tropical Storm Ana. Whether we have too little in drought or too much in flooding, water can have devastating effects in our lives. I’ve never experienced a real ground-cracking drought, nor have I been through a flood evacuation. Like most of us here in the Southeast, I’ve always had water in normal abundance and tend to take it for granted.

May. 05, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Column: Moments when you would like to disappear

It doesn’t matter who you are, how smart you are, how pretty you are, or how much money you have, at some point in your life you’re going to suffer an embarrassing moment. You know what I’m talking about. You do something so dumb you just want to suddenly become invisible to others and maybe even to yourself.

May. 05, 2015 @ 07:11 AM

Column: Making efforts to age gracefully

With a birthday drawing nigh, I’m reflecting on this stage of life where I’m wondering if people think I look as old as some of the women I see in public.

May. 01, 2015 @ 07:34 AM

Hudson dinner theater dates announced

The two Hudson dinner theater shows for the upcoming year are the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” in the fall and the classic comedy “Harvey” in the spring.

May. 01, 2015 @ 07:32 AM

Column: Life in early 20th-century Caldwell County

Back in 1983, Nancy Alexander had an interview with 90-year-old Ellis Craig, who talked about what life was like when he was growing up in Caldwell County. Today we are reprinting the interview, slightly edited, for your edification and enjoyment.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 06:50 AM

Column: Welcome to 'Camp Cupcake'

Alderson Federal Prison Camp is considered the largest minimum-security federal prison in the United States. It began in April 1927 as an experiment in incarceration. Since then, many of the country’s most interesting female prisoners have stayed there.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 06:46 AM

Hibriten choir goes to Disney

Members of the Hibriten High School Concert Choir and Honors Ensemble recently participated in Festival Disney, the national middle school/high school music competition in Walt Disney World. Hibriten's "Festival" Choir received three straight superior ratings from all three judges. Students performed "Salmo 150" by Ernani Aguiar and "Sing Me to Heaven" by Gawthrop, both Grade V pieces.  Aside from the competition, students, chaperones and the director enjoyed a fun week in the Walt Disney World parks.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 07:28 AM

Column: Cutting back where I can

I lack the will power to give up smoking entirely. I’m a total wimp where will power is concerned. I find it difficult giving up habits I don’t enjoy having so you can imagine what it would be like for me to quit something I do enjoy.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 07:27 AM

John Coffey lives life by band teacher's words

“In high school, there was a bulletin board ... and the bulletin board said, ‘Results, not excuses,’ and that’s something I’ve always tried to live by.”

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

'The Other Group' exhibits work at Caldwell Arts Council

The exhibit includes work by Andrew Atkin, Victoria Bauer, Jean Cauthen, Vae Hamilton, Jane Harrison, Deborah Klein, Bobbi Miller, Tom Oakley, Ellen Schwarzbek, Charlie Frye, Thomas Thielemann and Lynda Lea Bonkemeyer.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Column: Understanding spring allergies, and what you can do about them

After a cold winter, we appreciate the following spring, with milder temperatures and longer days. However, many people with seasonal allergies are concerned about exacerbations of their symptoms, resulting from exposure to airborne pollen.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Column: Don't let cold snap wipe out garden

Data shows that April 15 is our average last frost date. But keep in mind that this is just an average, so 50 percent of the time, we’ll have a frost later than this.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Column: April -- nothing gold can stay

This spring-green color that’s growing out everywhere won’t last long, so enjoy it now. Certain shades of green, like tender new leaves and grass, appear at no other time of year, something I love about spring.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

Column: Life is too short to worry

One of the few advantages that come with growing older is that over the years, you learn things.