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A Ferry for Two…

Cars, That Is. There are two ways to get from Ophelia, Virginia to Sunnybank, Virginia: either Hacks Neck Road to US 360 (18 miles) or via State Rt 644 (2 miles). A no-brainer, you say; “down State Rt 644!” Well, … Continue reading

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Sunset Cardinal

This fall I put a new bird feeder on the west side of the house, where it could be observed from our front porch. Birds have gradually become aware of the feeder and are beginning to show in good numbers, … Continue reading

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“The Last Jedi” Does Not Disappoint

Yep. Went to see the latest incarnation of Star Wars, The Last Jedi. In 1977–40 years ago–I saw the movie, Star Wars-A New Hope, and then Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back (1980). I really enjoyed them. It had all the … Continue reading

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Mother’s Cooking

No. 7 – My Mother (Continued) My mother was a pretty fair country cook. I think she did not enjoy cooking all that much, but in those days, that was the woman’s role. Balanced meals were usually prepared from fresh … Continue reading

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My Mother – I Could Get by with Nothing!

Monday’s Rewind No. 6 – My Mother (Continued) School Years – I could get by with Nothing Lois started teaching the year I entered the first grade. She taught high school English and Biology. New Kent School was a two-floor … Continue reading

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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 5

Walking to Susie’s (Age 4) In No 4, we learned about “How I learned to Cuss” I grew up in a simpler time and in a simpler place. By now, if you have followed my “I Grew Up on a … Continue reading

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My Mother (Continued)

No. 8 – Mother’s Cooking – And then there were grits. (My apologies, this article was posted out of sequence.) Following up on the topic of cooking; growing up in Virginia, you would think grits would have been a regular … Continue reading

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