The Last Rosette

I haven’t been entering fairs in recent years. It used to be an annual thing, starting in 1969 when I was fifteen. I didn’t win anything that year at the Hamilton Co. Fair, but I continued to enter (primarily various …
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My Beloved Redware Whale Jug

We’ll be getting back from our Orlando journey on Friday. That means I’ll be in town for the summer open house at The Workshops of David T. Smith. I used to always go to the various craft festivals and Christmas …
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Riding on the Wall of Death

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Usually, early in June, I start listening to Nanci Griffith’s “Other Voices, Too–A Trip Back to Bountiful.” My music listening tends to be seasonal depending on when I first got familiar with a recording. Griffith’s was the soundtrack of my …
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Remembering Uncle Don

My uncle Donald Ritchie passed away last Sunday from cancer. It wasn’t totally sudden or unexpected–he’d received the dire diagnosis a few months ago and had been admitted to the hospital a few days before he died–but it was still …
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Heartbroken Over Rabbit Hash

Last night Mom and I were horrified to hear an alert on the ten o’clock news that there was a fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store. My worst fears were confirmed by later reports–the entire treasure of a building …
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The Magnetic Bracelet

I described here how my annual Christmas and birthday gifts to J.Hooligan are rib dinners at Montgomery Inn. In return, J. gives some very interesting, thoughtful presents. (He’s a good gift-giver in general to everyone, always considering his selections carefully. …
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A Holly-Jolly Hooligan

We had a pretty good Christmas season; all the better when you consider it stretches back four or five weeks. We got to do the things we wanted to do, everyone stayed well, the weather didn’t impede us, and we …
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That Vacation Trip, Days 4 & 5: The Anticlimax

On the darker side, assassins are running wild in the world and everyone is at each others’ throats. On the lighter side, the Christmas season is in full swing. Either way, I’m not really in a mood to talk about …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 3-B: A Guitar-Shaped Pool

Now that the holiday is over and my judging responsibilities have been met, back to catch-up blogging–at least for awhile yet. So, we saw Graceland. There was so much more I had wanted to see of Memphis if we’d had …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 3-A: We’re Going to Graceland, Graceland…

We knew our Graceland visit would eat up most of our full day in Memphis, but first we needed to find breakfast. I was surprised at what an unappealing area surrounds Elvis’ mansion. Apparently there are plans underway in the …
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