Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

  Today’s blog focuses on the Turkey Vulture, another one of the most commonly seen birds here in the Southeast. Before we talk about identifying characteristics though, I thought we could dive into the semantics of the terms vulture and buzzard, because it can be pretty confusing. Before researching this topic, whenever I heard the … Continue reading Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

Movies that are like going to the dentist

I should probably start that by saying that for me, movies are entertainment, for the most part.  I’m not overly fond of “realistic, slice of life” movies.  As I sometimes say, I get LOTS of real life, all the time.  Movies where the father dies and leaves the young kid?  How about where the guy … Continue reading Movies that are like going to the dentist

Women’s Rights: from A Vindication of the Women’s Rights, to the Women’s March and #metoo Movement

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”   19th Amendment to the Constitution, passed on May 21st, 1919 and ratified on August 18th, 1920. … Continue reading Women’s Rights: from A Vindication of the Women’s Rights, to the Women’s March and #metoo Movement

“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

‘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!

Kanopy

To celebrate the newly kindled partnership between Fontana Regional Library and the video streaming service Kanopy, let’s explore a few of the classics that we now have access to. But first, what is Kanopy? Kanopy started as a DVD rental company in Australia in 2008 that distributed to national school libraries. As technology advanced and … Continue reading Kanopy

Nonfiction for November

I have to admit, I choose fiction over non-fiction writing most of the time.  Since my life is non-fiction, my inclination is to “escape” some of the “fun” of politics, mass shootings, celebrity scandals, and cleaning up cat vomit. HOWEVER…sometimes the non-fiction is good enough to pull me in.  So I’ll share a couple of … Continue reading Nonfiction for November

Summer Music Memories

If you have ever been a listener to popular music, you’ve probably had the experience of “summer” music – when a song or an album becomes identified with the summer season. It might be even be a particular summer – the summer just after high school graduation, or the summer you got your first full-time … Continue reading Summer Music Memories