Ice cream for breakfast, basically.

Did you know that February 6 was Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? Neither did I. Luckily, we don’t really need an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast, or any meal really – do we? If you do find yourself needing permission, check out Leslie Levine’s Ice Cream for Breakfast: If You Follow All … Continue reading Ice cream for breakfast, basically.

“Riders on the Storm,” Vietnam, Pt. 4

When Richard Nixon was elected as President of the United States in November 1968, Lyndon Johnson's administration had started talks with representatives of the Communist government of North Vietnam six months before, but when they attempted to get the South Vietnamese and the Viet Cong to join the discussions, the talks broke down.   The Tét … Continue reading “Riders on the Storm,” Vietnam, Pt. 4

“When thou haply seest Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel”

My life here in the frigid middle of January feels like I've been binge-watching an Adam Sandler marathon while trying to stomach a Banquet Microwavable Chicken Pot Pie that was taken out of the oven after just over a minute-and-a-half -- addlepated with an unshakable feeling of general disappointment. (As an aside, how hungry do … Continue reading “When thou haply seest Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel”

Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 2

Skagit County Circa 1906, Darrington is just over the southern county line Welcome back for part two of our series on the migration of people from Western North Carolina (WNC) to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). In the first blog we covered the national moment, laying historical context for what would become the westward migration of … Continue reading Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 2

Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 1

Jackson County North Carolina Randle Washington, Lewis County Humans have an innate ability to move locations; from the very early days of humanoid existence, we have been wanderers. Our early survival depended on being nomadic; following our food source, hunting and gathering along the way. Domestication and city building did not stop our wandering ways. … Continue reading Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 1

Red Tailed Hawk vs Red Shouldered Hawk

Hello to all the readers of the Shelf Life in the Mountains Blog! My name is Annie and I have been working at the beautiful Jackson County Public Library in Sylva for almost two months now. I have also been an avid bird watcher for about four years. It all started when I moved from … Continue reading Red Tailed Hawk vs Red Shouldered Hawk

“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” Vietnam, Part 3

This  is the third blog  in a series about the Vietnam War and focuses on the  consequences of  the Communist Tét Offensive in the spring of 1968.  It is also the fiftieth  anniversary  of the North Vietnamese Army (PAVN)/VC attack that changed the war and influenced the political climate back in the States.    Tét is … Continue reading “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” Vietnam, Part 3

Success in the New Year

Gratuitous cat picture. This blog post has nothing to do with cats There are many worlds held in the stacks of our libraries--some funny, some sad, some colorful and rich. Stories that are taken from real life and those that are wonderful imaginations of the Authors. Any interest one has can be found and explored, … Continue reading Success in the New Year

‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

December. It's such a full month! There's Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve. And all of Advent,  St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Boxing Day, Hogmanay, and even Hogswatch and Festivus! I cannot tell a lie. I'm a sucker for holidays. I love all the customs, ceremonies, symbols, decorations, … Continue reading ‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

“Bad Moon Rising,” Vietnam, Pt. 2

After the French left a divided Vietnam in 1955, the United States government agreed to take over the training of South Vietnam's troops.  The first military advisers found an ill equipped,  poorly trained army with an officer corps that was generally inept.  Advisers were embedded at every level of the ARVN and officers were sent to … Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising,” Vietnam, Pt. 2