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Columns

  • From the Kitchen: When it's time to let the younger generation take the reins

    I prepared and served my first complete holiday meal for Thanksgiving, 1961 when I was a mere 19 years old. I had the help of a couple of my younger sisters but, for the most part, I could take credit, or blame, for most of it.

    Fortunately, it turned out to be a delicious dinner. The only thing missing were our parents who had both passed away earlier that year. I was among those fortunate enough to have been taught the basics of cooking, baking and setting a pretty table, as my mother called it.

  • Reflections: New words, new feelings to ponder

    Never before have so many new words been introduced to the American public. Since September 11, we have been bombarded with words that we seemingly have never heard before.

    Of course, most of the new words came to us come from the Far East, words like "Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Taliban." But, some have come from right here in our own country - words like "anthrax," "Cipro," and "Doxycycline."

  • True Faith: Jesus was neither a Democrat nor a Republican

    My own father was never involved with politics, so whatever impressions I had as a boy were made by my grandfathers.

    Before my parents met each other, granddaddy Binkley met granddaddy Frazier when he called up a tobacco company in Winston-Salem to order a box of Days Work. This was before my parents had met each other, and didn't learn this little secret until years later.

    Granddaddy Binkley was a car salesman most of his adult life, and always had a small farm near Mocksville. He described himself in later years as a Roosevelt Democrat.

  • Fishing Lines: Whatever the weather, fish say, 'Bring it!'

    With the temperatures teasing 80 in the last week or so, carolers might be singing "It's beginning to look a lot like 'springtime.'" The weather has however set the stage for above average inshore fishing and some awesome offshore fishing.

    Inshore, most of the pinfish have left the flats and can be found just a few miles offshore, but the trout are still holding onto some of the areas of grass flats in our area.

  • From the Kitchen: Winning potluck and party meat dishes

    We are officially into the holiday party season now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Groups, families and employers everywhere are planning their annual gatherings and celebrations. Every such event will have one central theme - food. As far back as time goes, a feast has always been the way to fellowship and celebrate with those around us.

  • True Faith: Warning: Alcohol and drugs may kill you!

    "What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" (Romans 6:1-2 NIV)

  • Reflections: Turkeys are still around

    I'll bet you thought after Thanksgiving you wouldn't see any more turkey. Well, guess what? The department stores are full of them.

    Turkeys are especially prevalent during the Christmas Holidays. They lurk in every department store in America and go under the guise of "part-time help."

    Yes, they are the ones who know absolutely nothing about retail sales, and, why should they? They only work a couple months a year! That seems to be the only time they can get a job.

  • Fishing Lines: The lucky fisherman who got away

    Sometimes some of my regular clients will occasionally ask to fish for a specific species, and if they are in season and they have the skills I will oblige. To protect this guy's identity we will call him, lets see... "Dave".

    It was about two weeks ago (when the water was warmer), and this guy "Dave" says he would like to catch a cobia. No problem I say, fall is a good time to get a good sized cobia. So I bring the appropriate tackle and cast nets and we are set.

  • From the Kitchen: Ready, set, 'Let's bake!'

    This Thanksgiving weekend you will want to have lots of baked goods on hand for your own family and any visiting relatives and friends. In addition to the traditional pumpkin, apple and pecan pies that followed the delicious turkey dinner you served, you may want a few extras to serve with coffee in the morning or as an evening snack.

  • Reflections: 'Kapow!' in the night

    My wife and I heard it. The sound came from the electric panel just outside the bedroom. "KAPOW!" Then the lights went out. That was just more bad luck yet to pour from my not so good, good luck cup. The outside meter box had just burned up.