Life & Tradition

A Stretch of Route 66 in Arizona Takes You Back in Time

It was America’s greatest place to get your kicks—once, Route 66 spirited millions of travelers across the heartland, through the desert, and out to the shining shores of California. Crossing eight states, the “Mother Road” is one of the country’s original highways, dating back to…

A Journey to Florida’s National Parks

Mention “vacation to Florida” in conversation and the images that come to mind for most people are commercial, Disney-fied, technicolor visions of family-packed beaches, Mickey Mouse ears, crowded theme parks, and palm trees dancing in the sunshine.  And while Florida indeed has all of that,…

When Homeschool Goes Awry

Stepping on the path of homeschool is not for the faint of heart. In one fell swoop, you’re swimming against the current while carrying the responsibility of none other than your precious children’s education and future.  No pressure. The first few steps along this path…

What’s Worth Sharing on Social Media?

Dear Readers, I would like to draw your attention to a phenomenon on social media that deeply concerns me: People allowing ideological bias to trick them into spreading hateful, untrue messages. It sounds rather trite to say “don’t believe what you read on the internet,”…

A Crisp for All Seasons

It’s fall, and in my book, that means it’s time for apple crisp. When it comes to a good recipe, I follow the popular adage: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. This recipe is my go-to recipe throughout the year. The method and amounts…

Wine Talk: Temecula’s Akash Winery Is Not the Usual Suspect

The results of a wine competition are often predictable. Round up the usual suspects and you will likely see many of the same wines and wineries bagging gold medals year after year, competition after competition. There was a bit of that at the 13th annual…

Couple Holds Wedding With Life-Size Cardboard Cutouts of Guests Amid Pandemic

A UK couple devised a genius plan to invite 50 people to their wedding ceremony despite the CCP virus restrictions: they had all the guests there as life-size cardboard cutouts. Romanee, 34, and Sam Rondeau-Smith, 30, from Bramley, Guildford, were scheduled to tie their nuptials…

A Family Gets Away to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

We work-weary urbanites found a way to escape to the woods during the pandemic. Yellow birch trees towered over us and ferns feathered the ground along the Upper Jungle Trail at Mountain Lake Lodge in southwest Virginia. Even in the light rain, 3-year-old James happily…

Everyday Cheapskate: The Pay-as-You-Go Route to Higher Education

Dear Mary: How can a person finance her education without taking out loans? I need to get a master’s degree, as I have hit a ceiling, but I don’t have $40,000 and don’t want to take out loans. Will schools offering graduate programs allow me…

2020 Nissan Kicks SR CVT

Nissan Kicks is a compact crossover that is made for small, narrow, and highly intensive urban roadways and landscapes. Many owners call it very maneuverable, and a “fun car to drive.” As a part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy, the Safety Shield 360 suite of…

What the Big Print Giveth the Small Print Taketh Away

Have you ever wondered how retailers can possibly afford to offer the no-interest, no-payments, no-money-down kind of deals you see advertised? That was the subject of a question I received recently. Dear Mary: There are several appliance, electronics, and furniture stores in our area that…

Giant Rat Wins Animal Hero Award for Sniffing Out Landmines in Cambodia

LONDON—A rat has for the first time won a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the PDSA’s Gold Medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion”…

How to Rebloom Your Poinsettia

Q: We kept our poinsettia from last Christmas, and it has done well over the summer. We want it to bloom again for Christmas, but we can’t find the clipping of the newspaper article you wrote about what to do. So, what do we do?…

Lenoir City Police Rescue Woman Held in Apartment Human-Trafficking Operation

Last week, Lenoir City Police Department (LCPD) officers liberated an adult woman who was being held against her will inside an apartment complex in North Carolina. Local resident Breotta Pringle is being charged with one count of human trafficking and one count of simple assault.…

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