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  1. Manners!!!

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    February 15, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    We went to lunch yesterday.  It was a nice enough restaurant and pretty empty.  Just a few tables away were two couples enjoying their lunch.  The problem is that their way of enjoying their meal made it pretty un-enjoyable for me. Even though we were far enough apart, their loudness made it possible for us to hear their conversation. A conversation that consisted of comments on passing wind. Twice the ancient custom of pulling-the-covers-over-her-head was voiced.  They all laughed heartily as I made great effort to chew and swallow my food. The other topic was of a sexual nature. I don’t think I’ve heard the phrase “Roman hands and Russian fingers” since seventh grade. At one point, one of the women announced that she had to go to the bathroom. Her feller actually said, “Don’t fall in.” I made a bet my husband that when she returned the man would say, “Everything come out ok?” I was sure that was a solid bet, but the guy let me down. I try to find entertainment wherever I can. When they left, all four of them squeeze into a truck and burned rubber in the parking lot. Let me emphasize … they were …

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  2. Valentine’s Day, like a Boyfriend with a spotty history

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    February 14, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    The origin of Valentine’s Day has a few different versions. They all seem to start with the legend of one of perhaps three martyred saints in ancient Rome. The holiday is also supposed to be “Christianized” by moving it closer to the pagan observation of Lupercalia. Then it was outlawed for being “un-Christian” until a pope in the 5th century revived it. Today, around one billion prefab cards are bought and sent. Flower shops are inundated and candy flies off the shelves. Happy happy joy joy. Valentine’s day can still be happy even if you don’t have a spouse or a date. I’ve been through many VD’s that way. At first it was depressing, like I was unwanted or unworthy of a $2.00 greeting card. After I learned a little self-esteem, I would celebrate with friends who were in the same boat. We taught each other that we were important to each other and to ourselves. There didn’t have to be romance, just love. So, know that you’re not alone on this day. Everyone who loved you yesterday still loves you today, even if they don’t give you a bag of M&Ms. Or, if you’re the adventurous sort, celebrate Lupercalia. …

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  3. Community Veggies

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    February 11, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    Not much weather we’re having lately. I appreciate the warmer Winter and I’m looking forward to Spring and the planting season. A while back, I was asked about joining in a project to grow a garden for Winslow Meals. We would grow some things that aren’t (generously) donated. Meals gets delicious veggies that are donated from people like Richard Price. He gave us bunches of turnips! Lots of folks have taken them home to cook and we’re looking for more ways to cook and serve them for lunch. Turnip sundaes anyone? They’re delicious boiled but let me know if you have a good recipe. Anyway. .. the garden. Rebecca at Folkways is letting use some land to build a garden. We are getting some materials donated and have some dedicated volunteers. With gardening advice from the aforementioned Mr. Price, I think we’ll be very successful. Hopefully, this will be the first of many “Meals Gardens.” . . . Fleeta Clark celebrated (we all celebrated) her 94th birthday! She is wintering and doing physical therapy at her daughter Muriel’s home in Fayetteville, but visits Winslow frequently. We’re always happy to see her.

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  4. Starting Out

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    January 30, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    Blogging is something new to me.  I don’t usually resist learning new technology, but this is something I never thought I’d use.  Thanks WCO for the opportunity to venture another step into the 21st century. Lately, I’ve been watching Winslow grow and getting involved in a bunch of activities.  I’m involved with the 2nd annual Winslow Run and the Winslow Historical Preservation Group.  I’m real excited about both endeavors.

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  5. Armadillos: Thanks a Lot, Texas

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    December 10, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Of course it’s not Texas’ fault. Armadillos have been around in legend since the ancient Mayans. Their prehistoric relatives were supposedly the size of a VW Beetle. The ones you see on the highways upside down with a beer can clutched between their paws are of the “Nine Banded” species. They arrived in various ways, mostly due to humans who unwittingly transported them in wagons and on ships. Some escaped from Florida zoos and traveling circuses. Now they’re in my front yard.

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  6. Long-time Winslow Resident Tells a ‘Big One’ — His Life Story

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    November 8, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Mr. James Tomlinson was born on January 3rd. On his next birthday he will be 89. He went to the doctor a few weeks ago and the doctor wanted to know if he drove. James told the doctor he did: 25 miles. “He looked at me like I shouldn’t be driving. He didn’t say anything,” Mr. Tomlinson said. “If he did say something it wouldn’t do any good because I have to drive.” This is the spirit of Mr. Tomlinson. He does what he has to do but also what he wants to do. 

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  7. The Circle of Life for a Yard Sale Treasure

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    October 20, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    A few weeks ago, some knucklehead decided to promote a 30-mile long yard sale on Highway 71. I know it was to bring the community together for a common cause: shopping. On the other hand: to make a few bucks. I both love and hate yard sales. I love to go to them and buy stuff for a good price, but hate to actually have one. They are too much like moving. Boxes are filled with junk I don’t want or need and then schlepped out to the carport to be arranged precariously on old wiggly card tables.

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