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The Old Custom of Shiveree

I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a now a forgotten custom called Shiveree.  When I was around 5 years old and living at East End in Middlesboro, a couple got married a few houses down from us.  A group … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children Well

I’m afraid I’m going to sound like an old cranky dude for beginning a sentences with that time worn phrase “when I was young, we…”  fill in the blank. Well so be it.  When I was young we played outside, … Continue reading

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Sassafras Tea

Sassafras is a common tree in our area, and can be found in every stand of woods of much size.  It has been used as a medicinal and a beverage flavoring for centuries.  As a spring tonic, sassafras tea was … Continue reading

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Snow Cream: Ice Cream’s Ancestor

When we have a big snow, it typically creates the opportunistic combination of having time on your hands and a massive amount of the key ingredient for making snow cream, so why not? Besides being a nostalgic but tasty treat … Continue reading

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Recent Archaeology

Human archaeology normally involves the study of things left by an ancient people in an ancient time, but it is also interesting to observe more recent signs that people lived in an area within the last hundred years or so.   … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men

As cold weather settles in you may end up with an influx of mice wanting to use your house as a winter retreat. There are several mouse species in our area, but thankfully only a few pose a problem for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the high holidays of the US, involving traditions of being with family, eating a bountiful meal of traditional foods, and hopefully taking time to give thanks for what we have been given. You know the traditional … Continue reading

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