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home : opinions : columns September 30, 2014 

Welcome back fall!
Fall is here! The fall season officially began Monday evening at 10:29 p.m. For many of us, fall is a welcome reprieve from the high humidity of summer. We are ready for cooler temperatures which makes enjoying the outdoors more comfortable. Fall also ushers in spectacular color displays from our trees and shrubs. According to the University of Illinois Extension, fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac, and ends in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing temperatures stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Paper dolls and Sears catalog
Like me, Betty Boykin, who retired this year from the Pee Dee State Farmers Market, enjoyed playing with paper dolls as a young girl. She remembers a time when less than $1 could buy hours of happiness and limitless imagination playing with paper dolls. “I probably had about every book of paper dolls from the five and dime that money could buy,” she told me, “but I enjoyed others such as Katy Keene and Betsy McCall when I could get them.” The most fun, she said, was when her cousins taught her how to cut entire families of paper dolls from the Sears catalog, as well as clothes for them and everything the paper doll family needed, including furniture, toys, etc.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Enjoy your Labor Day
Come this Monday, Sept. 1, we will be celebrate Labor Day. This national holiday signals a beginning and an end for many things. It is the end of summer, but the beginning of football season. It is also a major shopping day. Some will celebrate by shopping for sales and bargains. Others will take advantage of this longer weekend to participate in weekend get-a-ways, outdoor activities or get-togethers and parties. While it was designed to be a day off for workers, that is not the case nowadays. Because Labor Day has become an important sales weekend, those employed in retail will have to work and some will have to work longer hours.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So, why are buttons opposite for women
Have you ever wondered. . . Why do men’s and women’s shirts button on different sides? Justin Brown, an artist and contributing editor for “Primer Magazine,” researched this question and reported that most sources cite a simple rationale that dates back over a century. Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed. Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), the women that could afford fancy clothing with a bunch of buttons would rely on maids to help dress them. 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The cost of living
We all know the cost of living is constantly increasing. Like death and taxes, it is a fact of life. Sometimes it is fun, but depressing, to look back at what things used to cost. For example, in 1958, regular gasoline cost less than a gallon of milk. Gas was 24 cents a gallon and milk was $1.01 per gallon. Eggs were 28 cents a dozen and bread was 19 cents a loaf. A movie ticket was $1. The average cost of a new car was $2,155, and the cost of a new house was around $12,000. McDonald’s “pure beef” hamburgers were just 15 cents and for 20 cents more you could get a milkshake to go with it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The codes that men live by
Ladies, this column is for your reading entertainment. Men already know these things. International Rules of Manhood: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Understanding cats! Really?
If you are a cat lover, you’ve probably pondered what cats think about. Well, somebody figured it out and circulated on the World Wide Web. I have no idea who this cat person is, but here are some of the things that a cat thinks about: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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