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Columns

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks
  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    My reaction to the title of a Heritage Documentary about corn husking, which I’ve borrowed for the headline of this article, is that it was chosen to attract viewers rather than depict reality. The title implies that farmers were heroes once, which might be a bit of a stretch, but if they were then why not now? As an adjective the word seems misplaced. If “hero” is used as a metaphor it doesn’t work either, and the documentary is about contests, not farming in general.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    We often think of history as being a rather abstract thing, condemned to the past, with life being too busy to give it much thought. But history is a real and living thing that has a way of sneaking up on you if you are not watching. It can be surprising how many times we find ourselves reliving it.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall
  • Mud Fence Creations | Conni Delinger

    I love getting replies from readers about my columns. Some evoke laughter, some a shake of the head, and others just a warm and fuzzy “Ahhh…”

    Last week’s column about unusual names of towns across America generated more than the normal feedback, which I love! Betty Fay, a dear friend from Lenox, reminded me I had not included Hooker, Oklahoma, and Ms. Rita Godfrey, of Henderson, sent me a poem she had written about towns with strange names. Makes one ponder…

    “Are There Gnostics in Knob Knoster? A Nonsense Rhyme”

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Housing is expensive in Seattle. A one-bedroom home typically rents for more than $1,150 a month. A studio apartment rents for more than $900 a month. A 333-square-foot home is currently listed at $299,000.

    The median household wage in Seattle is currently about $67,000. Experts say a median wage of $72,000 is required to live in the area. A study showed that if the median cost of living in the U.S. is set at 100, Seattle is now at 176 and growing.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Dad, Mom told us later, came home from the war with burial plots on his mind. Soon thereafter he bought two. They were on a hillside and, as time passed, he became dissatisfied with the location. Each year we’d make our annual flower distribution trek, and he’d pull over near the site to comment on the view, which was to the east. Bad weather and invading armies come from the west, and the hill blocked that line of vision. Better, he’d say, had he paid a little more for higher ground. Mom would shake her head and tell him they were fine.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Next week, on March 1, we’ll celebrate National Pig Day, also known as Pig Appreciation Day. According to researchers at Holiday Insights, an organization that’s compiled and posted a list of odd events, this observance was created in 1972 by an art teacher named Ellen Stanley. Her intent was to “recognize and be thankful for pigs as intelligent domestic animals.”

  • That’s Just Too Bad... | Peggy Boeye

    I was asked by a shirt-tail relative at a recent family event what my sport was in high school. Asking that question made it very obvious how little he knew me. I was not graced by the gods of athleticism as a child. I have been known to fall off my shoes while standing still and trip over the lines in the linoleum. However, that has never stopped me from being competitive.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Wife wanted some worm castings for her potted plants, so I called Rick Fenneman. He has about 60,000 crawlers in his basement.