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 By Jim Stanton    Lifestyles    May 14, 2020

Remembering the year without a summer

With these morning being a little cooler than what most of us expect for this time of the year it reminds me of what I heard my great-grandmother (1858-1964) talk about many years ago. She had mentioned on more than one occasion about hearing her...

 

Mama and Daddy knew the joys of a garden

Daddy and Mama planted a spring/summer garden and a fall/winter garden. The spring garden was my favorite because very early spring gave us English peas, new potatoes, onions and cabbage. Then the squash, tomatoes and early corn came rushing in. The...

 

Tips to help new or experienced gardeners

Unplanned time at home this spring has helped to develop a new generation of home gardeners. Alabama is also home to many seasoned backyard gardeners. Whether a new home gardener or a long-time lover of backyard veggies, Alabama Extension...

 

Private Albert E. Stanton dies in France

The Great War, also known as World War I, was a pivotal event in the lives of the generation which fought the war. No other war had been fought with such savagery and loss of life. Technology was ahea...

 
 By Patsy Green    Lifestyles    May 7, 2020

A look into the past can reveal surprises

I wrote before about the men from our area who formed the 1st Florida Union Cavalry Volunteers. Some names listed in the book as members of the 1st FCUV caught my attention because of having lived at...

 

Ignorance brings both chaos and bliss

This is a true story told by my Smith side from back when I was a young child. One of the favorite stories always brought out and shared at our Smith Family gatherings. My Dad was born in 1902 and said he was about the age of ten years. He well...

 

Remembering the fall of the Confederacy

Spring brings about thoughts of gardening, farming, outside activities and other iconic images of the season. However, it is important to remember that for many of us, the memory of the sacrifices of...

 

An abbreviated history of shaving razors

Among the Alger-Sullivan museums eclectic displays is a small collection of shaving razors called straight razors that date from the mid-19th century to the 20th century. This collection is not only a recollection of the razors former owner, like...

 

In dire need of sun on closed beaches

I was encouraged to write about this subject from a life-long friend responding to my comment on Facebook about people all over complaining about needing their beach time to "catch some rays." Really? Some people must have quarantine fever. At my...

 

Crop producing affected by the pandemic

An unstable commodity market, combined with low market prices, may make this growing season more difficult than usual for Alabama crop producers. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said agricultural producers across the country are facing a...

 

Canoe man travels world for marksmanship

The early 1960s was a different world than our modern, pandemic stricken time. Memories of World War II and Korea were still fresh in the minds of Americans as news coverage of a distant land called...

 

Camping & spooked by the Pascagoula UFO

With the passing of popular Mobile television and radio personality Rennie Brabner I lost a opportunity to tell him something that I thought he would have enjoyed knowing about. As much as I had intended to email him and tell him about all the chaos...

 

Y'all, cornbread nation and Yankee writers

I'm reading books now that I have left in the bookcase untouched for a long time. But now, this quarantine has me reading things that I would not normally bother with; but times have changed and I must kill time with what is handy. This virus has...

 

Concerns rise about meat supply and demand

Smithfield Foods has closed a major pork processing facility in South Dakota causing concern about meat supplies and possible shortages among consumers, industry professionals and political pundits. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative...

 

War time rationing has lessons for today

World War II saw the rapid mobilization of the US economy to fight the threat of the Axis in Europe and the Pacific. Such radical changes in the national economy tightened the food supply and basic...

 

People held different view points for the U.S.

I am subscribed to “Northwest Florida History and Genealogy” (https://nwfloridahistory.com/) The latest email I received from them was concerning “The Hidden History of the Florida Panhandle During the Civil War.” This was mainly the story...

 

My life long affair with teeth and dentists

My earliest memory of dental problems was when I was about seven years old. I was a child of less than nothing as far as money in the bank. If something broke, Daddy fixed it with bailing wire or Mama fixed it with Vicks salve. Grandma Minnie Smith...

 

The good deeds of Century's Dr. Sam

If you are not already aware, our society has canceled our Sawmill Day festival and Car Show in May due to the national health threat. The society has held this event every year since 1990 as our major fund raiser and as an opportunity to bring the...

 

Tales from the old Carney Mill

Sawmills during the age of the "Big Cut" could be wild places. A sea of humanity ebbed and flowed through the mills. Laborers, foremen, businessmen and suppliers all created unique personalities...

 

Remembering Easter the way it used to be

Back before fake Easter eggs came in plastic with every color of the rainbow, filled with gumdrops and Cadbury chocolates wrapped in designer tin foil; there lived in my world kids with real problems. Problems that started weeks prior to the Sunday t...

 

Tips to keep livestock, land healthy this spring

Coming out of the wettest winter on record, Alabama farmers face a different set of obstacles this spring. To overcome this, farmers will have to change many of their management strategies to ensure the health of the land and livestock. Livestock...

 

Victory Gardens inspired hope

Gardening is as much a part of being a Southerner as weekend football games and a trip to one's favorite fishing hole. Yet in another era, gardening was a survival tool and the Federal government...

 

Be wary of scams during this time

With this Covid-19 the world is now changing faster than it ever has before. By the time this is over there is no telling what kind of world we will be living in. I will be glad when this is over and maybe we can get to what ever the new normal will...

 

From the sweat of our brow we shall eat bread

I'm old enough to know what I'm writing about so allow me the pleasure. What say you, old lady? We Crews' have planted and shared garden bounty for almost all our 56 plus years of married life. Our first few years we shared a garden with his side...

 

Let's be the Little Engine that Could

I'm self-quarantined with time on my hands and things on my mind. I was born (1941) just as our country came out of the Great Depression. 1929 to 1939 was the longest and most severe world-wide economic depression ever. The stock market crashed, men...

 

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