Yearly Archives: 2014

Ringing in the new

Lang may your lum reek. May the fire on your hearth burn on. —Scottish New Year toast Dropping a possum at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is most definitely not a traditional Appalachian custom. Please note that the folks in Brasstown, NC, self-proclaimed “Opossum Capital of the World,” have only been dropping—well, […]

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Ahh-CHOOOOO !

Cold and flu season’s here. These days a quick trip down to the local Walmart will arm the grippe sufferer with every pharmaceutical weapon imaginable. But in 1937 Sam Walton, age 19, was still 25 years away from opening his first Walmart store. Aspirin tablets had already been around since 1915, but there were still […]

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Blue Moon of Kentucky, keep on shining

Well, it’s almost a new year, and depending on your definition, there will either be one blue moon in it, or none. Using the Farmers’ Almanac definition of blue moon (meaning the third full moon in a season of four full moons), the next blue moon won’t occur till May 21, 2016. But if you […]

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And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strain

Merry Christmas everyone! I want to take a minute and thank all my readers for stopping by and having a look around here at the site throughout this past year. Your comments and appreciation really make the task of writing so much easier. Also, I want to acknowledge all the talented and generous people who’ve […]

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