Thanksgiving surprise: Who tried to change the day?

Every year we mark the last Thursday in November as our US version of giving thanks. Humans have done for a very long time in different ways and with different labels. Courtesy of an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, I learned a few things about one of my favorite holidays. Which president began the custom of celebrating the last November Thursday as our special day of thanks? Which president tried to change it and then backed off? Continue reading “Thanksgiving surprise: Who tried to change the day?”

True crime: In the pods, on the Web, and in the stream

Maybe it’s lockdown syndrome, but I know a lot of people right now whose top pick for entertainment viewing is true crime. If you enjoy this genre, here are some picks I find entertaining and informative, starting with a site that recounted a terrible crime I knew about but didn’t know the full story on. When it comes to true crime, you’ll never run out of podcasts, Websites, or streams. Continue reading “True crime: In the pods, on the Web, and in the stream”

American Medical Association shocks me with advice on holidays and COVID

It’s hard to surprise me these days as warning after warning comes from experts about COVID. My family has a long tradition when it comes to holidays. Like so many families, we spend time with each other. This year presents a dilemma. Do we come together or forego it out of concern for our elderly? When I read an article from the American Medical Association, I can honestly say I was shocked, but not in the way I expected. (Article continues after photo.) Continue reading “American Medical Association shocks me with advice on holidays and COVID”

Gangster cop case suggests ‘Killer Joe’ film not far from reality

Every profession has its bad actors, and law enforcement is no exception. The US Department of Justice recently announced the conviction and sentencing of a former DeKalb County (GA) policeman “ for racketeering conspiracy involving murder.” Vancito Gumbs, 28, of Stone Mountain worked as a law enforcement officer, and by his own admission, as a hitman for the Gangster Disciples. The film ‘Killer Joe’ seemed a bit preposterous to me until I read the DOJ news release. Continue reading “Gangster cop case suggests ‘Killer Joe’ film not far from reality”

After giving up on tree, we get a bumper crop

Years ago my husband gave me an orange tree for our anniversary. It wasn’t cheap. He chose a native species and an option for an employee of the historic nursery to plant it for us. The tree was the culmination of a dream I had from the time I was a girl. Continue reading “After giving up on tree, we get a bumper crop”