WAS RACCOON ON YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE?

I was astonished to learn that raccoon had been a traditional Thanksgiving meal in our country.  Eating the mammal began with the Native Americans and early settlers.  Those moving west, as well as the poor survived on it.  For slaves, the animal was a godsend.  Few...

WHY WE EXAGGERATE

WHY WE EXAGGERATE  My mind turned to the phenomena of exaggeration as I perused Goodreads.  Imagine my surprise when I found the following posts:  LIFETIME BOOKS READ B    34,068 S     49,997 L     86,495 J     504,944 REALLY? If J. is 50 years old, he/she would have...

HONORING OUR VETERANS

Note:  This blog was first published on Patti Shene’s Over 50 Writer’s Blog on Veteran’s Day, 2020. This Veteran’s Day I would like to pay tribute to a special veteran in my life, my dad, Second Lieutenant Albert Theodore Watson Senior (October 14,...

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF?

During a recent podcast interview, host Terry Shepherd asked me what advice I would give my eighteen-year-old self.  Frankly, I was stumped.  My reply was that I would say ‘yes’ when asked to take on a task or project that I was unsure I could master.  Later, I would...

HOME REPAIRS

I insist on doing home repairs.  Why?  The main reason is, I’m cheap!  I don’t really remember my dad doing many home repairs while I was growing up.  In fact, I can’t remember who fixed the toilets.  My mother, however, would do interior painting. When I first...

ESCAPING COVID

At last, I have found an activity to take my mind off COVID.  Shredding with the tractor.  For my big-city friends, this means driving the tractor around the pasture and cutting the weeds, shrubs, and grass with a device attached to the back.  The bush hog will shred...