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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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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 4

Days at the Beach (and How I learned to Cuss!) In No. 3, we left me “afloat” on a stuffed horse in a mud puddle! Lois and Susie would go to Virginia Beach every summer before I started school. Those … Continue reading

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My Mother: Florence Lois Rice Richmond (or Why I am an Only Child)

Monday Rewind I started this series and was distracted. Here is the second installment. No. 2 –  Why I am an Only Child My mother, Lois Richmond, had a significant influence on my life, interests, career choices, and the fact … Continue reading

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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 3

The Richmonds Come to the Farm At the end of No 2. You may recall that my grandmother, Susie, married W.R. Shackleford, and that is how we came to be on the farm at Moyseneck. W.R. died in 1940 as … Continue reading

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