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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Small is the New Big

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    September 28, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Steve Seideman, professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Food Science has been looking for the Winslow Cannery for a while now. He knew it was somewhere, but where?

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  6. Mudslinging

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    September 13, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    I do not argue politics or religion with people. I have my beliefs and opinions and will share those with someone who asks, but won’t argue my point. It doesn’t do any good anyway. I really dislike politics, especially in pre-election years. The misrepresentations, mudslinging, fear-mongering and, at times, outright lying disgusts me. This election seems worse than most.

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  7. If Only Generosity Grew on Trees

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    August 25, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    With all the mess going on in Congress and the world I have been thinking a lot about generosity. It seems to me that the people/corporations (did you know that the Supreme Court of the U.S. considers corporations ‘people’?) who have all the money simply don’t want to share.

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