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The shiny needle darted in and out of scallop and loop

At the first call of the robin in the spring, Aunt Emmie on Honey Camp Run, in clean starched apron and calico frock, dragged her rocker to the front stoop of her little house and there she sat for hours rocking contentedly while her nimble fingers moved swiftly with crochet needle and thread. “Aunt Emmie’s […]

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The boldest indecent passages I have ever seen

Publishers’ Weekly 145 (March 25, 1944): “Strange Fruit banned by Boston booksellers” Says a Cambridge adage: “Banned in Boston is the trademark of a good book.” On March 25,1944 Cambridge Police Chief Timothy J. O’Leary, Boston’s Police Commissioner Thomas F. Sullivan, and the Boston Bookseller’s Association all joined in squashing the sale of Strange Fruit, […]

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Rabbit and the ‘Possum after a Wife

The Rabbit and the ‘Possum each wanted a wife; but no one would marry either one of them.  They talked the matter over, and the Rabbit said: “We can’t get wives here. Let’s go to the next settlement.  I’m the messenger for the council, and I’ll tell the people that I bring an order that […]

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The Flood that convinced Huntington to built a Flood Wall

After heavy rains in Huntington, WV during much of December 1936 and January 1937, the Ohio River jumped its banks with a vengeance, cresting on January 27 at 69 ft. (Cincinnati, OH, further upriver, was 80 ft under water). By the time the waters subsided five days later, over $17,000,000 in damages had been done, […]

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Time for a Spring Tonic

Doctors once prescribed a tonic. Sulfur and molasses was the dose. Didn’t help one bit. My condition must be chronic. Spring can really hang you up the most. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (1952) lyrics by Fran Landesman; music by Tommy Wolf Time to shed the sluggishness of winter! Up till the […]

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