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A family recipe worth passing down

A family recipe worth passing down

Column by Kay Frances Aunt Kay’s Off-the-Charts Crazy-Good Heavenly Egg Salad © Note: I gave my nieces this recipe for my egg salad. No, they didn’t ask for it. You didn’t either, yet here it is: my recipe, exactly as I wrote it for them. 6 boiled eggs. (I recommend taking the shells off). Seriously. […]

To lie or not to lie. That is the question.

To lie or not to lie. That is the question.

But what is the answer? Column by Kay Frances We are told from an early age not to lie. Mostly, we hear this from our parents who then proceed to roll out a steady diet of absolute falsehoods: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. “This will hurt me as much as it […]

A new year, a new list

A new year, a new list

Column by Adrienne McGee Sterrett Lists. I like them. They’re an orderly way to organize my thoughts on any given subject. There is something about old-school pen to paper that gets my brain’s gears going. Or slowed down appropriately. If I’m honest, my mind can be both slow to start and rev too high occasionally. […]

Rules and laws and mandates

Rules and laws and mandates

By Kay Frances I am a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen. OK, that’s half true; I do pay my taxes. And, for the most part, I try not to break the law. But, I have to admit that there is a little rebel inside of me that just gets tired of being told what to do. Let’s […]

Cooking up the future

Cooking up the future

By Lora Abernathy My grandma did all of the cooking in her house. The “Mary’s Kitchen” plaque in the shape of a frying pan that still hangs above the toaster was only a light-hearted warning, but a warning nonetheless. A few weeks after she died, I drove over to West Virginia to visit Grandpa. I […]

Lora Abernathy: Adding more happiness to the mix

Lora Abernathy: Adding more happiness to the mix

By Lora Abernathy Gary and I spent 13 years being dog parents. Three months after our last dog died, it became clear we had to do it again. Saying farewell to Bela our Great Dane, 12, and Boris our yellow Lab mix, 12, one year apart was crushing. They were “us” — our better half, […]

‘Old-school’ parenting

‘Old-school’ parenting

By Kay Frances “Young Mother Sewing,” by Mary Cassatt, oil, 1900 My parents had four children and they loved us. I’m just not sure they were “in love” with us. I know they felt a deep sense of responsibility in being sure they raised “good people” that would contribute to society, have a strong work […]

Kay Frances: Waking up to the idea that B&Bs are wonderful

Kay Frances: Waking up to the idea that B&Bs are wonderful

By Kay Frances I know I’m weird, for so many reasons that I don’t have space to list here, but I often find myself “zigging” when everyone else is “zagging.” Most — OK all — of my friends LOVE bed and breakfasts. I don’t. There, I said it. To me, the very concept is the […]

Lora Abernathy: That’s the icing on the cake

Lora Abernathy: That’s the icing on the cake

By Lora Abernathy My husband said the cake was absolutely delicious, but that I really should change its name. “It’s kind of unappetizing,” Gary said. “I’m not going to change its name! That’s what we called it growing up, so that’s what I’ll always have to call it,” I protested with a smile, but throwing […]

Kay Frances: Back in the day

There are many ways to know for sure that you are getting older: 1. The phone rings and you hear yourself saying, “It’s 8 p.m.! Who could be calling at this hour?” 2. When a website asks for your year of birth, your finger cramps from scrolling down to find it. 3. But the most […]