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Retirement Living


At Quail Haven Village there is a new face for retirement living. A face that is active, desires adventure, is vibrant and never dull. You might say we have redefined retirement living. Our central location within Pinehurst, wealth of activities, spacious apartment homes and access to a full continuum of care are just a few reasons so many choose to call Quail Haven home. Life is full of

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opportunity and our residents do not take a moment for granted. Schedule a visit today to see how you can redefine the way you live. Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm 155 Blake Boulevard, Pinehurst, NC 28374


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Let us find the perfect home for YOU to share! Distant Echo

Horse Country: Pristine 60 acre Horse Farm on the Foundation. Custom 3,400sf home, 6-Stall Barn, Dressage Ring, 7-Paddocks with room to grow. Acres of trails await! 3BR/2BA. $2,600,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Knollwood Heights: “Homewood” a sophisticated Colonial Revival style 9,000+sf estate. Enveloped by lush grounds. Architectural details beyond description. Own a piece of history! 7BR/6FBA/2HBA. $1,590,000 Bill Smith 910.528.4090

Horse Country: 45 Acres, 7-Stall Barn, Workshop, 4-Large Paddocks w/Run-in Sheds. Direct Access to the Foundation. Charming 3Bedroom, 3Bath Farm House, 3,000+sf. $1,550,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Old Town Pinehurst: “Shadowlawn” - English tudor on over 1.5 private acres of lush grounds. Main residence plus a separate 2,200sf 3BR/3BA guest cottage. 6BR/7FBA/2HBA. $1,495,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Knollwood Heights: A true Southern Pines treausre built &

designed by Donald Ross in the 1920’s. Charming estate w/leaded windows, wide plank original oak flooring & much more! 4BR/7.5BA. Broker/Owner. $1,495,000 Bill Smith 910.528.4090

CCNC: Golf front residence on 5acres overlooking pond &

National/Pinehurst#9: With the right canvas a masterpiece

Old Town Pinehurst: Stunning “Edgewood Cottage” is a renovated Dutch Colonial loaded with charm and character. Heart pine floors, 4-Frplcs, Sitting Rm off Master Suite. Pool & Pool House. 4BR/4.5BA. $980,000. Eva Toney 910.638.0972

Fairwoods on 7: Built to green specifications. Overlooking

Weymouth Heights: “The Roost” classic 1920’s Cottage on

Southern Pines: Sophistication in a turn-of-the-century historic landmark. Restored in ‘08 to its origianl Queen Anne Victorian look with painstaking attention to original detals. 2BR/2.5BA. $839,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

was created. Stunning home with magnificent golf course & water views. Beautiful interior features throughout. 4BR/4FBA/2HBA. $1,075,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

1.68 acres of beautifully terraced grounds. Main Residence; Guest House; Pool & Cabana; Garage Apartment; & separate Garden House. $899,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

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10th hole of Cardinal course. Stunning blend of traditional arcitectural detail with a light, open plan. 4BR/4FBA/2HBA. $1,325,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

the 2nd & 6th Holes of Fairwoods on #7. Features include maple cabinetry, tiger wood floors, forged light fixtues & more! 3BR/3BA/2HB. $925,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

CCNC: Fantastic views of 7th Green & 8th Fairway of Cardinal course. Custom home built by Alex Bowness with more than 5,200sf of living space. 4BR/4.5BA. $779,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

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Pinewild Country Club: Somewhere between oooh and aaah! Stunning Executive home overlooks Lake Pinewild. Window-walls bathe rooms in natural light. 3 Ensuite bedrooms. Bulk-head & Dock. $709,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

CCNC - Home with a Pool: Wonderful family home with

Foxfire: Custom built Farmhouse on 12.4 secluded acres

Pinewild Country Club: Stunning Golf front home amidst the tree tops. Bring the outdoors in…light & bright! Beautiful golf course vistas. Impeccable! 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths. PCC Option available. $529,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Mid South Club: Golf front home in prestigious gated community has custom features throughout. Split floor plan. Formal & Informal living areas. Screen Porch & Deck. 3BR/2BA. $439,900 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

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Craftsman Home - 3 Years New: Wonderful family home with 4BR/3.5BA, open flr plan with huge kitchen, hardwood, stone fireplace, 1st floor master suite, screened porch! $359,900 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

CCNC Villa: Living well & entertain in ease! Spacious, great floor plan, lots of windows view stunning landscaping & Lake Watson. Watch sunsets from under the deck’s awnings. 3BR/2BA/2HB. $349,500 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

Lighthorse Trace: Exquisite Townhome! Hardwood loors thoughout! Granite countertops! Easy access to Ft. Bragg! Very conveneint location! 3BR/2.5BA. $249,500 Pamela O’Hara 910.315.3093

Pinehurst: Charming all brick, 3BR/2BA, home. Large

Auman! Spectacular 180 degree, BIG water views. Bulk-head, 2-Docks with a boat lift, and swim ladder in place. Great location! $370,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

4BR/4.5BA, formal rooms, huge kitchen, family room w/see-through stone fireplace, 1st floor master, pool, 3-car garage! $690,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

Room. LR w/built-ins. Screened Porch, 2-Fireplaces. Great home close to club house & winter course view. 3BR/2.5BA. $360,000 Marie O’Brien 910.528.5669

with a 1Bedroom Carriage House. Both beautifully finished! 2-Car Storage Bulding & Potting Shed. 4BR/3.5BA. $595,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

townhome! Hardwood floors, Wolf stove, cherry cabinetry, granite, plantation shutters. 3BR/3BA with Bonus Room. $425,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

country kitchen, Living room with fireplace, split plan. Wonderful yard. PCC membership available. $209,000 Marie O’Brien 910.528.5669 We open Moore doors. Pinehurst: 910.295.5504 • 42 Chinquapin Road • Pinehurst, NC 28374 Berkshire Hathaway HomeSercies and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.Housing Opportunity.



Located in a quiet Pinehurst neighborhood on a 3/4 acre double lot, this stunning one story brick home has over 3500 square feet of living area and was completely renovated in 2005. Renovations include a gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, new flooring in most areas and a whole house generator! 3 BR / 4 BA 195 Sugar Pine Drive





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Gorgeous, all brick custom home built by Huckabee Home Construction and on the 15th tee and the 14th green of Pinehurst #1 course located in popular Doral Woods. It’s at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and has wonderful privacy. Lots of upgrades include 10’ and 12’ ceilings on the first floor, hardwood floors, double crown molding, lots of oversized windows w/plantation shutters and a gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinets, granite countertops, pantry and center island with cooktop. 4 BR / 4.5 BA 15 Montclair Lane



$258.000 $179,000 Southern Pines Pinehurst $199,900 Foxfire Lovely and pristine in Longleaf CC Lovely updated golf-front home Cute cottage w/nice renovations 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA

Located on a fabulous, east facing lot, this beautiful lakefront home on Lake Sequoia in Seven Lakes North is a stunner! The owners have renovated the home with hardwood floors, updated kitchen, fresh paint and extensive landscaping. The floor plan is open with great views of the water from almost every room. There’s also an oversized Carolina Room and a huge open deck for afternoons enjoying the water. 3 BR / 3 BA 112 Overlook Drive Pinehurst $75,000 Pinehurst



This elegant home, built by Danny Strickland, features an attractive exterior of Hardiplank with stone and brick accents. The interior is bright and open with high ceilings, lots of windows, crown molding and oak floors. The gourmet kitchen offers lots of high end cabinets, center island and granite countertops. There is an oversized screened porch that overlooks a private, well landscaped backyard. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 90 Gingham Lane



$585,000 Aberdeen $145,500 Pinehurst Fantastic, all-brick golf front home Cute home on large corner lot 4 BR / 3.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA

This lovely brick home offers quality features throughout! Oak floors in the foyer, dining room, great room, kitchen and master bedroom. Beautiful kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel and tons of cabinet space, covered porch and outdoor entertainment area, 3 car garage and much more! The home is bright and open with high ceilings. 5 BR / 4.5 BA 38 Whitehaven Drive

Located across the road from the famous #2 course at Pinehurst Country Club, site of the 2014 US Open, this charming historic cottage was built by Donald Ross and is where he lived from19201922 and again from 1935 until 1941. Beautifully updated and well maintained, this lovely home has wonderful curb appeal and an impeccable location. The spacious and private back yard and patio area is the perfect setting for the full sized pool. 2 BR / 3 BA CherokeeCC Road Longleaf $329,000 $890,000 280

$449,000 Pinehurst $239,000 CCNC Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 4 BR / 4 Full &PINEHURST 2 Half Baths 1 BR /PINES 1 BA SOUTHERN $289,000 3 BR / 2.5 BA PINEHURST 3 BR / 2.5 BA $399,000

Brick single story w/view of 17th green 3 BR / 2$235,000 BA

$1,295,000 $189,000 Pinehurst $269,000 Pinehurst $475,000 Pinebluff 7 Lakes West $635,000 Pinehurst Stunning custom home in Fairwoods on 7 Charming brick ranch home GorgeoustownhomeintheheartoftheVillage Open plan, gourmet kitchen, pool & more! Stunning All Brick Water Front 4 BR / 4 BA & 2 Half BA 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 4.5 BA Beautifully maintained, this lovely all brick home is warm and inviting. The home features a This gorgeous home, located on a beautifully landscaped lot on a small pond, offers a This outstanding Craftsman style home was originally the model home for Berkshire Village spacious living room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace with accent lighting, built-in bookcases. breathtaking two story room with a stone fireplace, wide plank hardwood floors and a in Mid-South Club. It’s loaded with custom details and upgrades like fireplaces, deep crown molding, wainscoting and oak floors in living areas. A large gourmet kitchen with beautiful custom cabinetry and upscale appliances that opens to a family room and informal dining area. Great landscaping including sod, irrigation, brick pavers and additional trees. 3 BR / 2.5 BA 26 Deacon Palmer Place



wall of windows overlooking the water. There is a separate study/library with a fireplace and a large master bedroom suite on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen with center island and upscale cabinetry has a cozy dining nook overlooking the pond. 4 BR / 2.5 BA 110 Gingham Lane



The kitchen is bright and cheery. The split bedroom plan offers a master bedroom with en suite that has separate sinks, garden tub and separate shower. 3 BR / 2 BA 50 Pine Vista Drive



$269,900 $187,900 Pinehurst $185,000 Southern Pines $225,000 Pinebluff Pinehurst $375,000 Foxfire Great home in family- friendly neighborhood Stunning new construction condo Golf front new construction in The Pines Immaculate all-brick w/golf views Elegant & luxurious w/spacious rooms 5 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 2 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 3 BA

This lovely golf front property is located on the 15th fairway of the Tom Fazio designed golf This lovely one story brick home was custom built by Bonville Construction and is located on Southern Charm! This spacious ranch in the family-friendly, secluded neighborhood of Weymouth course in Pinehurst$298,000 #6 and was builtSeven by Terry Lakes Michael.South This light and open home offers 14’ the Holly Course of Pinewild Country Club. Rothes Court is a quiet, heavily wooded cul-de-sac. Heights is one ofLakes a kind! Great updates including a$199,000 stunning addition to the master bedroom, $279,500 Seven Lakes West Pinehurst $895,000 Pinehurst $241,000 Seven South ceilings, deep crown molding and hardwood floors. Great room ceiling is coffered. There is a The home is open and light with spacious, inviting rooms and an extended patio area to enjoy making this truly a master suite, completely upgraded kitchen with new cabinets, flooring, granite Completely golf front home Wonderful 2-story home on cul-de-sac Gorgeous home in the Old Town Great family home w/private back yard Charming frontexpanded w/panoramic separate study/media room with built-in entertainment renovated center and wired for surround sound. the wonderful golf course views. countertops and newgolf appliances, decking andview much more. Original wood floors. 4 BR / 3 Full & 2 Half BA 3 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3BA BR/ 2/BA 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.55BA 34BR BR / 3.5 BA 5 Shenecossett Lane 12 Rothes Court 335 Arbutus Road

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To thank our active and retired military service men and women, we are pleased to announce the Honorable Service Grant at Belle Meade, located within close proximity to Fort Bragg and the villages of Pinehurst and Southern Pines. This grant discounts the Entrance Fee by 20% for any military. Must be 62 years of age or older.

Call 910.246.1008 for more information or to schedule your tour.

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The first round after a great round starts here. The Ryder Cup Lounge Just off the porch of the historic Carolina Hotel, the Ryder Cup offers a generous selection of draft beers, scotch and bourbon as well as a mouth-watering menu with everything from Jumbo Lump Crabcake Sliders to Backyard Rib Stacks. So after your last putt drops, pick up a glass at the Ryder Cup.

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November 2014 Volume 10, No. 11 Departments

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Simple Life Jim Dodson PinePitch Instagram Winners Cos and Effect Cos Barnes The Omnivorous Reader Stephen E. Smith


Hitting Home Dale Nixon Vine Wisdom Robyn James

The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh

Life of Jane Jane Borden Carolina Journal Charles Rodenbough Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon Proper English Serena Brown Birdwatch Susan Campbell

Sporting Life

Tom Bryant

Golftown Journal Lee Pace November Calendar

N.C. Writer’s Notebook Sandra Redding

SandhillSeen Thoughts From a Porch Geoff Cutler The Accidental Astrologer Astrid Stellanova PineNeedler Mart Dickerson SouthWords Stephen E. Smith

Features 61 The Beastly Feast, Thanksgiving Poetry by Cos Barnes

62 From Farm to Loft By Melissa Goslin

Noel McDevitt handmade tables are unique, functional and beautiful.

68 Apples of Our Eye By Noah Salt

78 Home Again

By Deborah Salomon

Venerable Knollwood House makes a return to a family home

89 Almanac By Noah Salt

The dish on nutmeg plus the kinds of questions you’ll only find on the Butterball Help Line

Six great apples, all grown in the Sandhills

74 From Hand to Heart By Gayvin Powers

Nine artisans just in time for the holidays. Cover photograph and photograph this page by Tim Sayer


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Saying Grace

By Jim Dodson

In our house, saying

Illustration by Kira schoenfelder

grace at Thanksgiving — anytime, really — is something of a cosmic adventure. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolate, you never quite know what you’ll get.

I suppose this is because we’re a fairly diverse lot as blended modern families go, a spiritually mixed tribe that includes everything from Catholic elders to Jewish young people, with a liberal sprinkling of Protestants in the middle. My wife grew up Roman Catholic but her college-boy sons, who were reared in a reformed Jewish tradition, now see themselves as broad-minded, multi-faith guardians of a fragile planet, eco-crusaders. My own children, who grew up stout little Episcopalians singing in the Chapel Choir, now seem more inclined toward the meditational power of Buddhism seasoned with a smidge of the enlightened agnosticism from their late Scottish grandmother. If there is fault to be assigned for this hothouse society of homegrown free-thinkers who gather round our supper table only a few times a year now, typically only at the holidays, it probably falls on the heads of my wife and me, who dutifully instructed our children in the spiritual traditions of their forebears but strongly encouraged them to make up their own minds about matters of the spirit, for life has a way of road-testing endurance and faith in a variety of unexpected ways. Still, under my roof, I have certain practices and beliefs that aren’t fully negotiable and saying grace — offering a simple blessing of thanks over a shared evening meal — is one of them. Maybe it’s the force of tradition that perpetuates this ritual of gathering or possibly the simple grace that comes with the wisdom of saying thank you. Gratitude, goes an old French proverb, is the heart’s memory. “The mouth gives voice to what fills the heart,” points out Luke’s Gospel. Whatever it is, and regardless of their true feelings about the practice, our diverse band of cosmic travelers is pretty good-humored about humoring the old man’s old-fashioned desire to join hands, bow heads, and thank whatever kindly force of the universe allowed us to gather and break bread one more time. Perhaps they sense, as I certainly do, that in a world that’s moving as swiftly and unpredictably as the one around us does, the act of pausing to merely express a timeless form of gratitude to whatever divine and mysterious power shapes and illumines our lives is not only a healthy social exercise but a way of getting in touch with each other’s heart.

But there are always nice surprises, like the time my young daughter, Maggie, then about age 4, pointedly asked to say her first grace at Thanksgiving and forcefully came out with: “Dear God, thanks for this nice food Mom made. And, oh, by the way, Christmas is coming up and I’d really like to have that doll house. And please stop Jack from whistling at bedtime. He’s so annoying.” As far as this patriarch is concerned, all thanks are welcome. Blessings come in every form, as diverse and surprising as life itself. My own faith journey, after all, is a pretty mixed affair of the heart. My great-great-grandfather was an itinerant Methodist preacher who founded churches across the state after the Civil War, but I grew up a skinny-legged Lutheran in Greensboro surrounded by two large and robust food-loving Methodist and Southern Baptist clans for whom sharing a homemade meal — and saying grace over it — was central to their exercise of faith. But this was just the foundation of my own magical mystery tour of grace. My first memorized blessing was the classic: “God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food,” though some years later I raised more than a few shocked aunty eyebrows by declaring, “Good gravy. Good meat. Good God, let’s eat!” By attending a Scout troop at a Quaker church, I grew fascinated by the idea of an inner light of God in every soul and the simplicity of Quaker ways. In high school, meanwhile, I fell hard for the transcendental writings of Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, which naturally led me on to the sages of the East who heavily influenced them and a deepening love affair with the beautiful writings of ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Sufi poets, whose grasp of the beloved seemed to eclipse and inform my own evolving understanding of a loving force that can’t be defined or contained by any particular religion or rigid doctrine. To this day, as a result, wherever work or pleasure travels take me, I love turning up at a local cathedral, church, temple or synagogue simply to sit and soak up the music and prayers of the faithful. I even dig sitting in empty churches — recalling Emerson’s famous remark that the silence before the service is often more powerful than any sermon. Moreover, as I age, like my own father and his father before him, I find myself less inclined toward the social politics and endless theological squabbles of modern church life in favor of the simple splendor of nature and changing seasons, seeing more of God’s presence in the smallest movements of the natural world, the silence of a vernal pool in spring, a walk along a leaf-strewn dirt road in fall, hungry birds at a winter feeder or my own growing garden come spring. The path to heaven, as a good and cheerful Buddhist friend of mine likes to say, is heaven itself. During the two decades we lived on a forested hill in Maine, I claimed a

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granite rock looming over a hidden stream in the woods behind my house where the dogs and I used to go sit for an hour or so once a week, my private woodland cathedral, my personal philosopher’s stone where I retreated to just sit and think or not think, to simply observe and be observed by sovereigns of the forest. Invariably, I wound up counting my blessings. Once, on a book tour, a radio interviewer asked me what religion I practiced. Without thinking, I joked that I was probably unfit for any religion that would have me, per se, but was essentially a “Southern Transcendentalist and practicing Quaking Buddho-Episcotarian with a strong fondness for old timey Baptist hymns and a good Methodist covered dish homecoming supper on the lawn.” “Is that, like, a real religion?” she wondered. “Yes ma’am. With only one known practicing member, I’m afraid.” When our own spiritual wayfaring progeny agree to say grace over a holiday meal and come out with a rambling exhortation about the shrinking Arctic shelf or the perils to the planet of an unchecked military industrial complex, I simply thank God for their own growing awareness of the world they are inheriting. Saying grace is, after all, simply a form of prayer — a conversation between heaven and human beings as diverse as human society itself, dating back thousands of years before any single religion got itself organized. “Pray,” wrote the blind poet Homer, “for all men need the aid of the gods.” Not surprisingly, prayers of gratitude or thanksgiving are among the oldest hymns of man, recorded as far back as ancient Mesopotamia. In every society the act of giving thanks to a higher power for the abundance of field and table is one of the most commonly defining elements of human civilization. America’s first Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, was essentially a communal prayer of thanks to God for providing the

food that sustained their fledgling colony in a dangerous new world. Saying grace from that day forward invariably took the form of thanking God as well as the hands that made the meal. For more than two decades, even my Scottish mother-in-law, a wise old agnostic with a deeply tender heart, grasped the power of this idea and loved to lead us all in her favorite childhood grace — “Some hae meat and canna eat. Some hae meat and want it. But we hae meat and we can eat and so the Lord be thankit!” Lately I’ve been researching potential new blessings and graces for our New Age Turkey Day table where the Southern-fried Transcendental patriarch always gets to say a few words of thanks as the tapers are lit and hands joined. Lately, I find, the fewer the better. A sampling of this year’s leading contenders: “Do good and don’t look back.” — Dutch proverb “He prayeth best who loveth best; all things both great and small.” — from “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge “If your only prayer was thank you — that would be enough.” — Meister Eckhart “A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.” — Yiddish proverb “Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.” — Anonymous “Grub first, the ethics.” — Bertolt Brecht “Eat your bread with joy, drink your wine with a merry heart.” — Book of Ecclesiastes “May the love that’s in my heart pass from my love to yours.” — Traditional American blessing “Thou hast given me much. Give me one more thing — a grateful heart.” — George Herbert, English poet and pastor Somehow, hands joined, this just says Thanksgiving to me. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 • 5PM Meet the Author: First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

Charlie Lovett follows his extraordinary debut of The Bookman’s Tale with another blockbuster literary adventure. In First Impressions Lovett is able to pull together love of rare books, mystery, friends wealth and coming into adulthood with a masterful clarity that will have readers of all genres excited for more.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 • 2PM Meet the Author: The Cross or the Swastika by S.J. Tagliareni

Following up on his first book, Hitler’s Priest, Tagliareni returns with the complex story of the pathology where normal human beings accept and endorse inhuman behaviors. It explores the roles and influence of moral leaders and attempts to understand silence in some and heroism in others. The settings range widely over Europe and the characters behavior varies- an interesting read, broad in its scope and thematic undertakings that ultimately asks, Which would you have chosen: The Cross or the Swastika?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 • 2PM Pearl Up Y’all!

The Country Bookshop is partnering with Pearls 4 Paws to bring a book signing and celebrity dog sighting to Southern Pines! Author Donna Lawrence has had a transformed experience: she has gone from being brutally attacked by a pit bull to adopting and falling in love with a pit bull named Suzie. Donna and Suzie have helped get Suzie’s Law passed and named. Please come meet them and get books autographed!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 • 5PM Meet the Author: Growing Up with Raleigh by Smedes York and John Sharpe

This memoir and and reflections of Smedes York, the visionary businessman and former mayor of Raleigh have been drawn from five years of conversations with Sharpe, the curator of rare books for 40 years at Duke University and author of several books. The book details the changes in Raleigh from his time as a young boy in the 1940s to sports in high school and basketball at NCSU under Everett Case. The Korean War, marriage, graduate school and a life of business and civil service followed. The book captures a man growing with and alongside Raleigh.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 • 3PM Meet the Author: Green Beret Pocket Guide: Terrorism Awareness and Personal Security by Master Sergeant (Retired) Brian M. Morris Please join us for this special event for a local favorite! This book has everything you need to know about safety all in an east to read format. Please join for a fun gathering!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Visit your independent bookstore, first!

Come to The Country Bookshop the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate Indies First! We will have special guests behind the register, prizes and giveaways as we join independent bookstores around the country in a special celebration of INDIES FIRST!

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Bless Our Hounds

While the honey-glazed birds are roasting, horses, hounds and riders will gather in Buchan Field at 10 a.m. for the annual Thanksgiving Day Opening Meet and Blessing of the Hounds, a century-old tradition that returns to an historic venue in celebration of its centennial anniversary. Don your top hats and shadbellies and come watch. The cornbread dressing can wait. Buchan Field is located at North May Street and Mile Away Farm Lane, just north of the intersection of Valley View Road and May Street in Southern Pines. Open parking available along May Street; limited parking provided by the Walthour-Moss Foundation in Lyell’s Meadow (formerly known as Kaylor Field). Info: (910) 684-0970.

Sounds of the Season

The North Carolina Symphony’s 2014-2015 Southern Pines concert series continues on Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m., with a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 6, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn; soloists include Samuel Gold (symphony principal viola), David Marschall (associate principal viola), Rebekah Daley (principal horn) and Nicholas Phan (tenor). North Carolina Symphony Director of Education Sarah Gilpin will host a “Meet the Artists” session at 7 p.m. in the Pinecrest High School Band Room. On Sunday, December 7, the Symphony will perform Handel’s Messiah featuring Douglas Boyd (conductor), Joélle Harvey (soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor), Christòpheren Nomura (bass) and the North Carolina Master Chorale. Meet in the Pinecrest High School Band Room at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk by Timothy Haley of Sandhills Community College. Southern Pines Series concerts are held in the Lee Auditorium of Pinecrest High School. For ticket information, visit


All Aboard!

On Saturday, November 1, 7 p.m., the Golf Capital Chorus of Pinehurst presents its annual show, “Barbershop Express,” a melodic tour of the cities made famous by the U.S rail system. Conductors will shout out the scheduled stops: Chicago! St. Louis! Kalamazoo! Atchison, Topeka! and Santa Fe! The second act will feature “Zero Hour,” an acclaimed North and South Carolina District Championship Quartet with more than fifty years of combined experience singing a cappella Barbershop music as well as gospel and doo-wop. The chorus will then close the show with favorites from last year’s “Barbershop Rocks” performance plus two brand new titles, “When I Fall in Love” and “Feelin’ Groovy.” Tickets are $15 (adults) or $10 (students) and can be purchased at the door or in advance from any chorus member or by calling Larry Harter at (910) 295-3529. Info:

Bright Musical Lights

This month, as part of Weymouth’s Chamber Music Concerts, Aurora Musicalis (whose name means “Musical Lights”) will perform at the Weymouth Center on Sunday, November 2, 3 p.m. Founded by the North Carolina Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist Jimmy Gilmore and Associate Principal Cellist Elizabeth Beilman, this diverse chamber music ensemble also includes Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin and pianist John Noel. Program includes “Medley of Civil War Songs,” arranged by Jason Pace; Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 40 by Carl Freühling; and Trio No. 2, op. 87 in C Major by Johannes Brahms. The 2014-15 Chamber Music Admission: $15; free for Weymouth members. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 East Connecticut, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or

Fairy Tale Forest

Santa Claus is coming to downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, November 22, 4:30 p.m., to spread Yuletide cheer and pose for photos with those who don’t pout. Stroll the tree-lined streets, delight in the songs of local choirs and stay for the lighting of the Holiday Tree at 6 p.m. Bring your own camera for pictures with jolly ole you-know-who. Christmas trees decorated by local businesses will be on display through December 31. Downtown Southern Pines. Info: www.

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Who Rescued Who?

At the 2013 world premiere of Susie’s Hope, a film that tells the true story of how the strength and compassion of one woman and one dog can change the law of the land, the pit bull-mix came dressed in pearls, toenails painted red. “She gets her nails done any time she has a special event,” Donna Lawrence told one news reporter. On Monday, November 10, the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee (MCPRC) presents its “Pearls 4 Paws” fundraising event and the Moore County premiere of Susie’s Hope at the Sunrise Theater, 7:30 p.m. In 2008, months after surviving a horrific pit bull attack, Donna Lawrence adopted Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy who had been set on fire and left for dead. Together, Donna and Susie learned to heal, love, forgive and speak out against animal cruelty. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a “Red Carpet” entry and the chance to meet the real life heroes of the movie. Donations ($15) to “Pearls 4 Paws” are accepted at The Country Bookshop and Wine Cellar & Tasting Room in Southern Pines, and Given Memorial Library in Pinehurst; receive a thank you gift of faux pearls and admission to the film. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Fix’M Fund and assist in preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in Moore County. Don’t forget to wear your pearls to the show. And when you meet Susie, be sure to compliment her on those pretty toes. Sunrise Theater, 250 Northwest Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7120 or

Easy as Pi

What was the given name of the Civil War general Stonewall Jackson? According to the Greek myth, what did Prometheus steal from the gods and give to mankind? How many demonstrative adjectives are in the following sentence? That scruffy dog with the short tail chased the multicolored cat through the tree. Stumped? Try asking a 10-year-old for help. Inspired by the Fox Network game show that challenges adults with trivia questions pulled from first through fifth grade curriculums (including the doozies above), the Public Education Foundation of Moore County’s annual “Are You Smarter Than A Moore County Schools’ Fifth Grader” event will take place on Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event pits twelve local celebrities against thirty-six fifth-graders from Moore County’s public elementary schools in a friendly competition that tests their knowledge of fifth grade subjects. The mission of the Public Education Foundation of Moore County is to encourage excellence in educational practices in the Moore County public schools by providing financial support and recognition for engaging learning experiences. Community support is essential in helping to raise the funds that are then granted to teachers for creative educational projects. Free admission. Pine Crest High School Auditorium. Info: [Answers to above: 1. Thomas; 2. Fire; 3. One.]

Little Wonders

At the corner of Main and Sycamore Streets, inside the restored 1908 Union Station, is pure magic: The Sandhills Central Model Train Show. On November 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., feast your eyes on a tiny replica of downtown Aberdeen, a miniature circus in full swing and various whimsies in an intricate layout featuring Santa Fe and Amtrak Acela trains in motion. The men and women running the trains (members of the Sandhills Central Model Train Club) have precise controls and keen eyes to keep the trains rolling safely over the layout. While you’re there, find railroad memorabilia in the museum section of the train station, view an old Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad caboose, and you never know, but a real train may come rolling by on the active railroad behind the Station. Cost: $5; free for children under 4-foot-8.5 inches (the distance between two train rails). The Aberdeen Train Station and Museum. Info: (910) 295-7229.

Just Like So

At this month’s Gathering at Given, Matt Hollyfield will show you how you can create stunning holiday tablescapes by using the items you already have. Gather round on Thursday, November 13, 3:30 p.m., to re-define the word “repurpose” and discover how to dazzle your guests even before their first bite of your world famous green bean casserole. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2953642 or

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PinePitch Nights to Remember

On Wednesday, November 5, 6 p.m., Friend to Friend’s annual “Take Back the Night” candlelight vigil will be held at the Owens Auditorium Courtyard at Sandhills Community College in remembrance of North Carolina victims who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. Friend to Friend is a United Way Agency whose mission is to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assualt rebuild their lives. On Friday, November 21, Friend to Friend’s first annual Purple Party will be held at Social 165 with live music by nationally acclaimed songwriter Byron Hill, whose songs have been recorded by over 700 country and pop artists. Event created to bring awareness to dating violence. Social 165, 9735 Hwy 15-501, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-3333 or

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

On Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m., the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills will host a fundraising dinner featuring guest speaker Sharon Disher, author of First Class: Women Join the Ranks at the Naval Academy. Disher was one of the trailblazing women in the Class of 1980 at the United States Naval Academy — the first class to accept women. Disher is founder and director of Y.E.S. (Young Engineers and Scientists) of Maryland, an after school engineering and science program for underserved elementary school children in Annapolis, Maryland. She is married to retired naval submariner Tim Disher; their three children are all graduates of the Naval Academy. Southern Pines Recreation Center. For reservations, contact the Boys & Girls Club at (910) 692-0777. *In the October issue of PineStraw, “Blue Ribbon Memories,” an essay about candy apples, funnel cakes and all the wonders of the North Carolina State Fair, regrettably appeared with an incorrect byline. The story — and memories — belong to Tom Allen.

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Cos and Effect

Remembering Mrs. Oldham The flower lady of Aberdeen By Cos Barnes

When I meet my Pinehurst friends to head

south, I frequently meet them at Aberdeen Florist. I always ask permission to park my car there, and one day while waiting, I thought of Mrs. Oldham, who was the backbone behind the establishment. When I first moved here, I went to her house on South Pinehurst Street to buy geraniums and bedding plants. That’s where locals told newcomers to go, just like they suggested dry cleaners, seamstresses and other pertinent information. The former Evelyn Kellis of Southern Pines, Mrs. Oldham met Emerson Oldham of Vass, who worked at Aberdeen Supply Co., in 1941 and married him in 1943. According to her daughter, Janet Peele, she worked as office manager for a Mr. Britt at Pinehurst Warehouses. When she became pregnant and started showing, she had to give up her job, as was customary in that day. She started growing African violets, which her customers bought for twentyfive cents apiece to take to the sick and shut-ins. Thinking of this, I became nostalgic as I had recently given the Historical Association the glass shelves my mother displayed her African violets on in her dining room. Janet said her dad tired of the violets in the mid-’50s and constructed a greenhouse. He bought Fort Bragg barracks windows and built cold frames, Janet remembered. She said her mother sold the bare roots (plants without a pot) for thirty cents a dozen. She dug them out with a kitchen table fork, Janet laughed, and she said her mom always gave the buyer a baker’s dozen. As a child Janet remembers wrapping the plants at night and unwrapping them the next day before school. In 1963 Mr. Oldham built a 50-by -20-foot glass house, and in 1967 he built another that was 20-by-50. Janet said he bought the property the florist stands on in 1960 for $l,000 and it sat vacant for years. They started building in March 1974. That was forty years ago. As Janet describes her mother, “She was introverted to the public, but if you came one on one, she would talk to you for hours, giving suggestions, showing her plant books and catalogs.” She added, “On Sunday afternoons, we would ride to look at other people’s greenhouses.” Mrs. Oldham, who worked at the shop until she died in 2003 with time out to look after her husband, who died in 1995, had other accomplishments: She made pine cone and cedar wreaths, crocheted Christmas ornaments, knitted socks, and she would can beans until midnight, freeze other vegetables and comb through recipe books to see what was new. Janet took over the operation in 1987. She has two children and two grandchildren. I feel certain she inherited Mrs. Oldham’s business expertise and savvy. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at

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The Omnivorous Reader

Nobody’s Business but Her Own

A neighborly slice-of-life glimpse into the life of Harper Lee

By Stephen E. Smith

Ask a few of your more

literate friends if they can identify the source of this line: “. . . and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.”

It’s likely one of them will tell you that it’s from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The use of “waked up,” a childlike expression that’s charmingly Southern, strikes a memorable note with many readers. Even folks who haven’t read the novel remember the final line of narration from the movie. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is one of those rare works of fiction that’s had a cultural impact, capturing a time and place where racial injustice was the norm and suggesting the possibility of a kinder, more inclusive America. It’s surprising there haven’t been bushels of literary biographies, memoirs and first-person exposés exploring the life of one of the South’s more influential writers. But, then, Lee hasn’t been the least bit cooperative. She’s reportedly turned away every writer who’s attempted to produce a definitive biography or memoir. I’ve read two recent Harper Lee bios, neither of which claimed to be “authorized,” a distinction reserved for former Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills’ The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee. Mills purportedly has a signed document from Alice Lee, the novelist’s older sister, stating that Harper Lee approved of and participated in the writing of the book. Enough said? Not so. As soon as the Mills’ bio/memoir appeared, Lee issued a statement from the nursing home where she’s been confined since suffering a stroke in 2007: “Normally, I would not respond to questions about books

written on my life. Miss Mills befriended my elderly sister, Alice. It did not take long to discover Marja’s true mission; another book about Harper Lee. I was hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised. I immediately cut off all contact with Miss Mills. . . . Rest assured, as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood.” And therein lies the controversy which has propelled The Mockingbird Next Door onto the best-sellers list. This literary hubbub notwithstanding, Mills did not embark on a mission to produce the definitive authorized biography; she was assigned to write a newspaper story on Harper Lee for the Chicago Tribune to accompany the One Book, One City project, a reading program in which the residents of The Windy City would read and discuss To Kill a Mockingbird. Contrary to Lee’s reputation regarding journalists, Mills found both Alice and Harper (friends and family call her Nelle) engaging and forthright. In fact, the sisters took Mills, who suffers from lupus, under their collective wing, finding her a rental house next door, and including her in day trips and family activities involving close friends. They did their laundry at the local wishy-washy, exercised together, fished, participated in casual book discussions, and visited Alabama historical sites. Much of Mills’ book is taken up with her own personal history and the routine of everyday life with Harper Lee: “On weekdays, Nelle quite often would invite me for an afternoon cup of coffee at McDonald’s. We’d sit in the booth to the left of the main door or the first table over on the righthand side. I’d ride along as she picked up Alice after work and then made the six-minute drive to the small lake down the hill from the Community House to feed the ducks and geese. As Nelle would slowly pull over and get the Cool Whip tub out of her truck, the ducks would offer the kind of noisy welcome that only they can.” Blah, blah, blah. Harper Lee likes to

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November Books Good fall reads from presidents to pop up Dali Featured Book: Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites, by Clotilde Dusoulier This is a wonderful book, hardcover and elegant. It is both beautiful and informative, little, and worthy of your time. You can read it in one-minute bites over a year or sit down and read it from cover to cover.

By Kimberly Daniels Taws and Angie Tally First Impressions, by Charlie Lovett Charlie Lovett follows his extraordinary debut of The Bookman’s Tale with another blockbuster literary adventure. In First Impressions, Lovett is able to pull together love of rare books, mystery, friends, wealth and coming into adulthood with a masterful clarity that will have readers of all genres excited for more. I finished this book and wanted to just start over again. Lovett will be at The Country Bookshop November 6 at 5 p.m. Christmas All Through the South: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions, Forward, by Rick Bragg Quotes and essays from great Southern writers on Christmas, including Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, Mark Childress, Lee Smith and Truman Capote. The book is coffee table size with photos of the traditions, mantels, trees, wreaths and entryways from all over the South. The book carries you from the tree shopping to wreath and decor to Southern Christmas destinations. There are tips, invitations and recipes for parties throughout the book and an entire chapter on Christmas cakes. This is a wonderful package and a great November book buy to get you primed for the upcoming season! Dali Pop-Ups, by Courtney Watson McCarthy and Martin Howard Salvador Dali is known for his outside-the-box thinking that he portrays in his iconic artwork. What better talent is there to be displayed in the pop-up fashion! This is a great coffee table piece and a gift that would work for all ages — especially young adults who are difficult to shop for. For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice, by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran This is an inspiring and optimistic book about how returning veterans are real role models in their contributions to building a better society in the United States. Schultz is of Starbucks fame and the proceeds of this book are going into a foundation to help veterans and legislation for veterans.

Growing Up with Raleigh, by Smedes York and John Sharpe This memoir and reflections of Smedes York, the visionary businessman and former mayor of Raleigh, have been drawn from five years of conversations with Sharpe, the curator of rare books for forty years at Duke University and author of several books. The book details the changes in Raleigh from his time as a young boy in the 1940s to sports in high school and basketball at NCSU under Everett Case. The Korean War, marriage, graduate school and a life of business and civil service followed. The book captures a man growing up with alongside Raleigh. York and Sharpe will be at The Country Bookshop on November 12. The Cross or the Swastika, by S.J. Tagliareni Following up on his first book, Hitler’s Priest, Tagliareni returns with the complex story of the pathology where normal human beings accept and endorse inhuman behaviors. It explores the roles and influence of moral leaders and attempts to understand silence in some and heroism in others. The settings range widely over Europe and the characters’ behavior varies — an interesting read, broad in its scope and with thematic undertakings that ultimately asks, Which would you have chosen: the cross or the swastika? 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush President 43 writes a biography of 41 that begins with George H. W. Bush’s service in the Pacific during World War II, through his time in the Texas oil business, early political life as a congressman and then U.S. representative to China and the United Nations, CIA director, vice president and president. This story through the eyes of “W” shows both the public and private lives of his father and its influence on the political decisions of the popular president. Watch Me: A Memoir, by Anjelica Huston If you missed the first volume of Anjelica Huston’s memoir, then drop what you are doing and read it. From Africa to English country estates to New York and her young adulthood, Huston’s mystic upbringing is eloquently brought to life with thoughtful and engaging prose. In the second volume of this three-part series, she writes about her seventeen-year relationship with Jack Nicholson, the death of her father, John Huston, and her Hollywood ascent, learning the art of acting and working with legendary directors. Huston is a talented storyteller. Reading

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS The Animals’ Santa, by Jan Brett. Author/illustrator Brett has long been a favorite of children’s book lovers. Her signature nature-themed stories and classic artwork are again brought to life in this sweet story of a little rabbit’s first Christmas and his first visit from the Animals’ Santa. Enzo Races in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Garth Stein’s adult title The Art Of Racing In The Rain remained on The New York Times best-seller list for three consecutive years. Now for the youngest comes this hilarious picture book featuring Enzo the puppy as he journeys from the farm to the city, explores the big world, and finds his true family. Ages 2-6 Running out of Night, by Sharon Lovejoy. Sharon Lovejoy, author of a number of delightful nature and gardening books for children and adults, makes her children’s literature debut with this meticulously researched, atmospheric Southern fiction work about two girls who run away looking for freedom from two very different but equally difficult situations in 1850s Virginia. The author incorporates her lifelong interest in nature, herbs, plants and early American arts and crafts into this thoughtprovoking story for ages 8-12. Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs. A favorite among boy readers, author Stuart Gibbs ventures into new territory — the moon — while maintaining his signature combination of humor and suspense with Space Case, the first book in a new trilogy. Boys and girls alike will love this humorous page-turning mystery of a boy navigating life on the first moon colony. Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer Five kids One school in a wooden barn Five secrets One by-invitation- only class Five red journals One very interesting teacher Five pages at a time Five lives are changed In one amazing book: Belzhar. Ages 14 and up. PS

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Kinky Stuff

Four hours I’d just as soon forget

By Dale Nixon

I have tried to think of a delicate way of putting this, but I can’t. So here goes:

Car mechanics are from another planet. They don’t think like me. They don’t talk like me. And they certainly do not understand me. I dealt with a car mechanic last week, and I don’t know yet what transpired. I’ll probably have to get another car mechanic to translate. My husband bought me a new car recently. Naturally, I was thrilled. I hadn’t had a new car in fourteen years. It was bright and shiny and under warranty. I assumed that when something went wrong with the new car, all I would have to do was to take it back to the dealership and have a mechanic fix it. When something did go wrong, I found out differently. Taking the car back to the dealership wasn’t as easy as I had assumed. I had to make an appointment to meet with the mechanic. After several conversations on the phone, we settled on a date. But when I was asked to be there at 8 a.m., I balked. I said, “What about 10 a.m.?” and he balked. We compromised at 9 a.m. And I knew I had gotten off on the wrong foot. When I rolled into the dealership on the day of my appointment, I flashed the mechanic my brightest smile and explained that my new car had a lot of problems. He said, “Ma’am, we don’t call them problems. We call them ‘kinks.’” “Sir, my back door won’t close and my windshield wipers won’t wipe. My oil pressure lights flash on and off all the time — the lights that, the handbook clearly states, when they flash the car will explode. And when the car changes from first to second gear, the transmission makes a grinding sound. “These are problems, sir, not kinks.” The man showed no emotion whatsoever and replied, “You have nothing to worry about. I can have everything fixed in about four hours. Just make yourself comfortable in the lounge.” After spending a lot of time in the ladies’ room, watching four reality TV shows, napping stiffly in a straight-back chair and eating a bag of stale Doritos

for lunch, I wandered back into the service department to check on my car. When the mechanic spied me, he said, “Mrs. Nixon, I was just coming to get you.” (Sure he was.) “I think we’ve got the kinks worked out. “Don’t worry about your back door not closing. I’ve fixed it so it won’t open.” “You’ve WHAT?!” “I’ve had to order a part. It should be in in a matter of months. Learn not to use the door. “And about the gears: They were making a jerking sound, not a grinding one, and as soon as I figure out how to fix it, you’ll be the first to know. I think” [Did he say ‘I think?’] the transmission will be OK till then. “Your oil pressure is fine,” he said. “We’ll have to replace a fuse so the red lights will quit flashing and alarming you. [I was afraid he was going to pat me on the head.] We’ve had to order that fuse from the factory. It should come in before Christmas. Just try to get used to flashing red lights. “But I do have some good news for you. [It was about time for some good news.] I fixed your windshield wiper. You can now drive in the rain.” The man beamed triumphantly. I had a back door that wouldn’t open or close, gears that were making jerking (I still say grinding) sounds and oil pressure lights that were signaling warning flashes. And he was triumphant because he had fixed my windshield wipers. He saw my look of dejection. “Mrs. Nixon, don’t look so concerned. You are the proud owner of a new car. It will take a little while to work out all of the kinks.” Don’t look concerned, he said. I thought of all of the appointments yet to come, meeting a mechanic’s schedule, making myself comfortable in a car dealership for hours waiting on repairs and coming up with the vocabulary to describe the sounds my car was making. The mechanic didn’t think like me, talk like me or understand me. The man was from another planet. And there is no delicate way of putting it. Beam him up, Scotty . . . PS Columnist Dale Nixon can be reached at dalenixon@carolina.

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Thankful Pairings Just right for an adventurous Turkey Day Table

By Robyn James

Although the

holidays call for traditional holiday fare of turkey, goose and beef dishes, more and more foodies are branching out with unusual spins on side dishes, sauces, main courses and desserts. If you want to break the ho-hum norms, do so with your wine selections for holiday meals. Skip the same old chardonnay, cabernet or sparkler and turn your friends and relatives on to a wine path less traveled. Check out these ideas:

Is turkey or any other poultry your main dish this year? How about a unoaked chardonnay from Oregon? It has not been through any oak aging or a malolactic fermentation that would give it a big, buttery, creamy character, way too heavy in structure for mashed potatoes and gravy. This light and zingy chard will cut through your heavy sides and sauces and complement your poultry dish perfectly.

A to Z Chardonnay, Oregon, approx. $15

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“Malolactic fermentation was suppressed to create this bright and steely white. It leads with a lemony scent and carries brisk apple flavors toward a crisp finish, ideal for a late season picnic.” Rated 88 Points, Top Value Of The Year, Wine & Spirits magazine Fruits, nuts and vegetables play such a big part in poultry holiday meals: cranberries, figs, apples, chestnuts and pumpkin. Where are the flowers? Incorporate this viognier into your meal and it’s a lovely floral complement to your dinner, the missing link for sensory titillation.

Oxford Landing Viognier, Australia, approx. $9

“Ripe and expressive, with explosive pear and lychee flavors mingling harmoniously as they swoop into the polished, honeysuckle-filled finish. Drink now.” Rated 89 Points, The Wine Spectator My mom always enjoyed fixing Beef Wellington or standing rib roast during the holidays for a change. These are some gorgeous selections for the red side of the holidays. The first selection is a red that can go both ways, if you wanted red wine with your poultry or beef meal. Tempranillo

is perfect for both, smooth, fruity and full-bodied.

Equia Reserva Rioja, Spain, approx. $15

“There’s good density to the black cherry, leafy and spicy flavors in this balanced red, remaining lively, even delicate, with racy, citrusy acidity, supple tannins and a floral finish. Drink now through 2019.” Rated 89 Points, The Wine Spectator

OK, let’s bring out the big dogs. The next two selections are big beef matches all the way. They need food, and they deliver the perfect pairing for beef or lamb stews and cassoulets.

Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva, Argentina, approx. $18

“Toasty yet ripe, showing ample mesquite and mocha notes to the raspberry ganache and rich plum fruit. Silky tannins line the dark, cream-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.” Rated 92 Points, The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines Of The Year, No. 36

Domaine Lafage Tessellae Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, Cotes Du Rousillon, France, approx. $16

“100 percent old vine Carignan. An old-world styled fruit-bomb, with its massive and decadently-styled blackberry fruit, spice, licorice and plum, this full-bodied effort has no hard edges, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that stays nicely focused and clean. Enjoy this sexy, voluptuous beauty over the coming 4-5 years (although I suspect it will last longer as well). This represents a fabulous value that warrants attention.” Rated 92 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate It’s hard to pinpoint one single favorite holiday wine, but Brachetto D’aqui from the Piedmont region of Italy is a huge contender. This area produces serious, tannic Nebbiolo wines and yet it calls home to this fruity, slightly sweet sparkling red. Served chilled in a flute, it’s pure holiday cheer!

Fizz 56 Brachetto D’aqui, Piedmont, Italy, $17

Fizz 56 Sparkling Red is a very pretty bright ruby red. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious. It is highly aromatic with the hint of candied rose petals and soft berry notes. Tantalizing flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry dance on the tip of your tongue. PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at

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Sweet Potatoes

Our most versatile and delicious winter vegetable

By Jan Leitschuh

If it’s your family’s sacred

Thanksgiving tradition, then so be it. Some things are not worth the tampering.

But if you have yet to enshrine that cherished, unholy alliance between perfectly healthy sweet potatoes and, well, marshmallows, consider the great variety of ways to eat this delicious and nutritious winter vegetable, one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind. For Thanksgiving season in the South, a holiday sweet potato pie is as likely to grace Thanksgiving tables as is pumpkin. The warmth and winter spices are the same. Simply substitute sweet potato puree for an equal amount of canned pumpkin. Whipped sweet potatoes with lots of butter can give regular Irish whipped potatoes a run for their money. More likely, a table will have both: Irish potatoes to soak up the gravy, and whipped sweet potatoes in a casserole dish, topped with butter, cinnamon, ginger and a crunchy pecan topping will delight any Thanksgiving table. P.S. It’s an adult dessert if you slip in a little rum or bourbon. Fancier, a sweet potato soufflé drizzled with molasses or maple syrup can knock the socks off winter company. Baking peeled sweet potatoes in orange juice, butter and maple syrup was one of my family’s traditional winter holiday dishes. Mom made a large cast-iron roasting pot of them, and as we ate the leftovers over the week, the “candied yams” only got chewier, sweeter and more “candied.” You can grow your own, and I hope committed gardeners do so, for the pleasure of seeing the plants develop from “slips” into rooted cuttings into edible sweet potatoes. But most of us won’t, and honestly, there is little need. Some of the best sweet potato-growing ground in the world is right here in the Sandhills. The light, sandy loam of Moore county warms up quickly in spring, a good thing for this heat-lover. The crop also requires good drainage, said Cliff Pilson of local CVPilson Farms, a prominent commercial grower and core producer for Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. He feels his family’s farm is particularly blessed with terrific soil for this crop. “Good sandy loam soil makes for good

sweet potatoes. They don’t like heavy clay or really dark land.” Cliff, who is the third-generation Pilson to grow the crop, also noted that in hot summers that might burn up other crops, sweet potatoes can thrive. “They really are a drought-tolerant crop.” As his father, Chester Pilson once put it, “The soil drains well, then I just grow ’em. The good Lord puts the sweetness in them.” Today, over forty percent of the U.S. commercial sweet potato crop will be grown in North Carolina, mainly on the coastal plain. Over seventy percent of all the sweet potatoes grown commercially in North Carolina get sold directly to chain stores, terminal market facilities or food service providers. The remaining thirty percent are sold to processors for canning, flaking, chipping, frying, freezing or baby food. It’s said that during the Depression, Southerners with a patch of land thrived, even improved in health, on a diet consisting mainly of sweet potatoes and collards. This is stick-to-your-ribs, tasty real people food! Though sweet, caramel-y and tender, all that orange sweet potato flesh (minus the marshmallows and brown sugar) is terrifically healthy. Eat your colors, right? According to the North Carolina Sweet Potato Growers, “A medium sweet potato provides over 300 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which plays a role in eye, bone and immune health. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, so be sure to eat your sweet potatoes with a little fat, like a pat of butter, for maximum vitamin absorption.” Yeah, butter. Now we’re singing the high notes. In addition, continues the website, sweet potatoes offer us the trace mineral manganese, which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and optimal thyroid function. They’re also rich in fiber, a nutrient that bulks up food, keeping you full longer. “Fiber also keeps your bowels healthy and lowers cholesterol. A medium sweet potato baked in its skin has four grams of fiber, more than a packet of instant oatmeal, and is made of complex carbohydrates (energy) that is released at a steady pace for a constant source of vitality, so no sugar highs or lows to worry about. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidant activity compared to other vegetables. Antioxidants help reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.” A medium sweet potato (2 inches in diameter and 5 inches in length) is

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remembers, several women in Danville made efforts to poach Stella’s services on Thanksgiving. They even tried booking her years in advance. But she never accepted. Stella and my grandmother had made some kind of pact: Thanksgiving Day in perpetuity.

She was a popular cook-for-hire in Danville and was often in the kitchen at dinner parties, which is presumably how she met my grandmother, Lou Tucker (known to me as Nana). It’s difficult to decipher how much of any business relationship is simply business. But my mother believes that Stella and Nana, also a great cook, shared a mutual admiration as well. Their meals were partnerships. Thanksgiving was a larger collaboration, of course; several among the thirty-plus family members in attendance were responsible for dishes. Still, Stella was the star. Each year, she made squash casserole and pineapple pound cake, which I can still taste, but it was her dressing that bewitched three generations of my family. By the time I woke up on Thanksgiving mornings, the smell had already filled the house. As far as I’ve gathered, the difference between stuffing and dressing comes down to whether or not the dish was previously inside a bird. But now that most people have foregone cavity stuffing altogether (it’s hard to achieve a high enough temperature inside without overdoing the meat), the difference in vernacular is mostly regional. Southerners call it dressing. And Stella’s came in the form of individual patties a little smaller than your palm, which, even after baking, still bore the indentions from her thumbs. Before showering and sometimes even before brushing our teeth, my sisters and I ran downstairs to steal piping-hot pieces of butter-brown dressing that were slightly chewy on the outside and dotted with sautéed onions, celery and mushrooms throughout. But we weren’t allowed to make return trips, and not because she couldn’t spare them. She transferred trays in and out of the oven all morning, making, I guess, at least six dozen patties. We were allowed only one pre-meal trip because Stella didn’t want us underfoot in the kitchen. Mom was sensitive to this decree, having grown up under the same conditions. Just as I can’t remember a Thanksgiving before Stella, neither can my mother. She also awoke each Thanksgiving morning, but in Danville then, to the savory smell of vegetables and bread crumbs baking in homemade turkey gravy. And, like my sisters and me, she and my aunt were allowed to steal a piece before the main event. But then, when Stella went in the pantry, or ran out to her car, they’d sneak in the kitchen and swipe a few more. It was when Nana moved to Greensboro, in the early ’80s, that the holiday gathering transferred to my parents’ house instead of hers. Only the location changed. My cousins still made their respective dishes. Nana baked a coconut cake. She and her sister Janie both made gelatin salads, which were

slightly different and silently competing, leading everyone to take one of each out of fear, and declare them both delicious. Nana even brought her own tablecloth and flower arrangements: The dining room was different, but she was still the host. So Stella started driving to Greensboro. One year, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Stella went to the hospital with heart trouble. Rather than push on without her, Nana canceled the meal completely and made a reservation for all thirty-plus at the Greensboro Country Club buffet. (My sister Lou remembers that our Great Aunt Emily was so engaged, walking around talking to people, that she never ate.) Many more Thanksgivings passed on Carlisle Road in Greensboro with both Nana and Stella running the show. Then my grandmother died. And Stella never came back. Her health was failing (she died not long after), and anyway, after more than forty years, their oral contract was complete. That was in the early 2000s. Since then, my mother has made the dressing. She told me that sometime in the late ’90s, “when it became clear that this was something I would be doing for a long time,” she tried to watch Stella make the famous dish. “But the second I started asking questions, she kicked me out of the kitchen.” So the next year, Mom tried again, this time silently. “Did you have to pretend you weren’t watching?” I asked. “No, she knew what I was doing and didn’t care. She just didn’t want to be bothered.” Mom added, “To Stella I was still a little girl. I never grew up in her eyes. I was mother’s child.” “Did you take notes?” I asked. “Take notes?! Jane, she wouldn’t let me speak! ‘Take notes’ . . . huh. You wouldn’t have lasted two minutes with all of your questions.” That’s when I knew our conversation was over. Mom will never know which parts of the process or ingredients her eyes failed to catch. Her rendition is delicious but it’s definitely not the same. “I tried for a few years to make the patties, but they kept crumbling,” she explains. “I can’t figure out how Stella did it.” So she bakes a casserole dish of the stuff and cuts it into squares. When I asked for details about the recipe, she said I’d have to watch sometime, but only if I promise not to speak. Now that we’re older, my sisters have also taken on dish responsibilities. Lou does the sweet potatoes, and Tucker the squash casserole. I’m not allowed to make a dish, though, because I don’t live nearby. “Where are you planning to make it?” Mom asks. “Not in my kitchen!” PS Jane Borden lives in Los Angeles, and is planning to make the dressing for her in-laws.

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1945: A remembrance

By Charles D. Rodenbough

Although Armistice Day was

originally established to commemorate the signing of the agreement that ended World War I on November 11, 1918, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans who served the United States whether during war or peacetime. For me, my understanding of war and its consequences began in 1945, a year that has been assigned the subtitle “Year Zero” in several recent histories. The Dutch author Ian Buruma comments that, near the mid-20th century, “one world had ended and a new uncertain one was beginning.”

When I had just begun a pin-map of “Europe at war,” my mother had let me use the plain silver pins from her sewing basket. Now, I was 12 and more sophisticated. The war had been going on for four years, and I had pins with colored heads. So I marked “captured” with red, “bombed” with blue, “German” with black. The movements of the Russians were identified in green and all other Allies in plain silver. I could look at my pasteboard-backed map and follow progress as Italy and Germany retreated. At night I listened to the radio news with my dad and he could help when the announcer used a name that was new to me. Dad had been there, you know — in the first war. Well, not every-


where, but when we both were stumped, he sent me to our World Book Encyclopedia to look the place up. Mom and Gram would observe this ritual with more satisfaction than I thought it deserved, but it was serious man stuff. I had heard my parents refer to our rental house at 503 West Colonial Drive in High Point, North Carolina, as a Dutch colonial, which they considered a style. I thought it just helped identify the street. It was a nice location. There was a large open triangular park in front with a big weeping willow tree that gave it the look of a meadow. I could walk to Ray Street School with my friends and the bus stop was just a block away. We shopped on Saturday when Dad could drive us. With gas rationing, we were used to combining trips. Dad had an “A” sticker, which allowed him gas for some travel with his work, but everybody was careful to save gas. Each member of the family, even Gram, had a ration book for food and clothing. I thought it was a mark of responsibility that even children had their own ration books. Of course I was never allowed to keep up with my own. Mother kept it. I couldn’t understand anyway those tiny little sheets in the book, different colors for different purchases. During the winter Mother was not getting out much and Dad let me help him on Saturday with the shopping. Every other Friday he would come home for the afternoon and we would drive Mother out on High Point Road toward Greensboro for “treatments” at a large institutional building with extended grounds. I was not told, and I resisted the urge to ask, why? I did understand that she was not very well. At night I had a recurring image that someday either she or Dad would die. What would I do? My brother Leigh had joined the Navy right after he had graduated from high school. I knew Dad had done the same thing at the time of the First World War. Leigh was seven years older than I was

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and my role model. I would have resisted giving him hero status but the whole family had a constant concern and admiration for him. Mother called him “Leigh-bo.” He was special to us all. With Leigh away, first at the University of North Carolina in the Navy V-12 Program and then at Columbia University, our household was small but was supplemented by my grandmothers: first Mother’s mother, Grandma Boone, and when she left, Grandmother Rodenbough. Only later did I fully realize that these widowed grandmothers had been left without support after their spouses died and were being shared with my parents’ sisters. They were not considered a burden and I often heard what a help Grandmother was now that Mother was not well. It was not always obvious to me what help they provided because one was virtually blind and the other was so afflicted by arthritis that she had limited movement. I still loved their presence and I saw that for the most part they were a comfort to Mother. It seemed obvious to me that most of the time in January, the war news spoke of the Allies moving in on German territory. The Americans landed at Iwo Jima in the Pacific. I began hearing the word “Holocaust” but no one seemed to want to explain. Dad did make clear his opinion when “that Roosevelt man” was inaugurated for a fourth term, but Mother pointed out that Dad was in the minority. When the Americans crossed the Rhine at Remagen, Dad could say that he had crossed the same bridge in 1917. In February, Dad had to place wooden blocks on the floor under the foot of my parents’ bed to raise Mother’s feet at night. She began to take more of her meals in bed. I had to take them up to her when I was at home. Dad would take them at night. Gram Rodenbough had been a good German cook, but it had been some years since she had that regular responsibility. Mother never ate much and Dad and I gradually began to alternate eating supper with her. I knew she was taking special medicine. Leigh called with regularity as his schedule permitted. The telephone was downstairs in the breakfast room so Dad would help Mother down when his call was imminent. We would all congregate around the table for a collective conversation. I was proud of a ship model of an American destroyer that I was putting together. Leigh had asked for sea duty on a destroyer after he got his commission. After each call, Mother would cry. I could never be sure if it was for joy or fear and so I was never certain how I should feel. Mother seemed to be pleased that I was a member of the boy’s choir at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The director had created the only such choir in High Point, a novelty for the furniture city — very English. We were asked to perform throughout the city, particularly at civic clubs. I was now attending my first year at Central High School. My teacher, Miss Wolling, was beautiful to me. A young redhead, her fiancé was a U.S. Marine in the Pacific and the class became emotionally concerned

with both his safety and their romance. She enjoyed particularly teaching us music and her introduction to Scheherazade inflicted a life-long love of music on me. She also organized a performance of H.M.S. Pinafore, which we rehearsed for a spring production. I had a small solo part as a sailor, which seemed to thrill Mother. I remember I was down at the corner where Colonial Drive crossed Council Street the day one of my friends came running up crying out, “president Roosevelt is dead! President Roosevelt is dead!” I was not immediately saddened but this was big news. The President of the United States had died. I ran home to be the bearer of the biggest news I thought I had ever been able to convey. It was April 12th. “Mother! Grandmother! President Roosevelt is dead!” Big news, but I had nothing to follow up with and I had to observe what an adult reaction would be to such news. A flood of questions were flung about and it was only after the radio in the living room was turned on that details were known. I began to wonder what Dad would say when he got home. Our household was never for Roosevelt, but he was the president, the only one I had ever known. Since we had been for Mr. Wilkie, I wondered if he would now be the president. I spent the evening up in Mother’s room. She sat in her chair during the day and read when she was alone. At the moment she was reading Lusty Wind for Carolina. She said it was written by Inglis Fletcher, a North Carolina writer, and she was learning more about our state. We talked about pirates and I said that the school didn’t teach much about North Carolina. Mother and Dad were both from Pennsylvania and it seemed that most of their relations were from there, or New Jersey. We talked about the previous summer when she and I had taken the train from High Point to Philadelphia and visited my Aunt Anna and Uncle Ralph. They had a Mercury convertible with a shiny wood-coated body. When Uncle Ralph drove us home from the station, he put the top down and I saw more lights than I ever had in my life. They danced off the shine of that car and sparkled. And when we got to their home at Rittenhouse Plaza, I discovered that it was an apartment building. The lobby was grand polished marble, and an elevator with an operator took us up to 5C. I recalled with enthusiasm my stay in the city. “Remember how Uncle Ralph let me go down to the cigar store on the Plaza and buy his cigars for him each day?” Mother remembered the train ride when the passenger car we were in was full of soldiers and sailors going home on leave or headed overseas. They nearly adopted Mother and this 12-year-old who somehow must have represented people in their own families. The boys seated us comfortably and gathered around us with many questions, but Mother seemed to take them all in such a personal way that everybody seemed to belong together. Dad came in with further news that the president had died while in Warm Springs in Georgia. A funeral train was scheduled to take his body

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up to Washington and the following evening after supper the train would come through High Point. “Can we see it, Dad?” I was quick to ask. “I had already thought to take you down, if your mother thinks it is a good idea.” The Southern Railway came through the center of High Point well below street level. Even the red-roofed, tiled station was below the street. If High Point got its name from being the high point on the railroad line, I always wondered why the station was built in a ditch. By 10 at night, the honeysuckled banks along the tracks were filled with families prepared to observe this historic moment. The train from the south approached the station very slowly, about ten cars. We saw people inside and then came the final car. It was lit and someone sat beside a large brown box with flowers all around. I heard someone say it was Mrs. Roosevelt, but I had never seen her and couldn’t say. The train made a sustained, clipping sound as it went by and people were very still. Then, it had suddenly passed, lighted windows diminishing in the distance. People carried their silent impressions into the community. I was quiet on the way home because I couldn’t decide whether Dad was sad because he had really liked President Roosevelt all the time. Perhaps he was pondering the fact that twenty-six years earlier he had been fighting in France and now his son was about to be sent to fight in the Pacific. April 19th was my 13th birthday. In the evening we started to open my presents in Mother’s room. I got an army canteen and an ammo belt on which I could hook it. I had just opened a Navy seaman’s hat that Leigh had sent when the telephone began to ring downstairs. Dad ran down to answer and called up to tell us it was Leigh. He rushed back up to carry Mother down for this extra surprise. Leigh was very busy with his final exams before he was to be commissioned as an ensign. “Mother, I’ve got to hurry up or this war is going to be over before I get there,” he said. His mother assured him that there would be time enough for him to show all the girls how handsome he was going to be in an officer’s uniform and the war could wait. We would be unable to come to New York for his graduation, but he would have some relatives in attendance. The husband of one of Mother’s cousins, Commodore Jack Richards, was commander of the Navy unit at Columbia University and he would actually be giving out the commissions to the new ensigns. The call was a special present for me, but I saw that it was especially a joy for Mother. We went back to her room and after opening a few more presents, I sat with her until it was time for me to go to bed. In my room, I stared up at all the phosphorous cut- outs of aircraft silhouettes on my ceiling and thought about the exciting time Leigh was having, and all the news of the war, and all my gifts, and drifted to sleep.

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Soon after midnight I was awakened by Grandmother. “Charlie. Come right away and say goodbye to your mother. She is dying.” I suppose I hurried into Mother’s room. Dad was standing there and motioned to me. I climbed on the bed beside her and kissed her. She was quite still. We were all crying. Dad told me to go down to the telephone and call Dr. Taylor and tell him Mother had died. I walked down the stairs to the landing and turned to the right to go the rest of the way to the telephone. I had a task but I was overwhelmed by questions and fears and sadness. I couldn’t qualify shock. I waited for Dr. Taylor and directed him upstairs. Mother’s good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Hunter Dalton, came soon and took me back to her home for the rest of the night. I lay in her guest bed staring at the overhead light reminding me of that disappearing funeral train. They brought my Mother’s casket back to the house two days later and placed it in the dining room by the window. People patted me on head and shoulder and made nice comments to me about Mother, which I heard but did not digest. It was at the arrival of my red-headed teacher that I dissolved in grief, surprising even myself. We took Mother back to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to be buried in the Boone family plot in the Charles Baber Cemetery. Leigh had been able to come over from New York and I was introduced to relatives I had not known of before. On April 22nd, Dad and I, along with Aunt Anna and Uncle Ralph, drove to New York and were present in the Church of St. John the Divine to see Leigh commissioned. Back in High Point I had missed my debut performance in H.M.S. Pinafore. PS Historian Charles D. Rodenbough has written five books and is a research fellow at Cobb Institute at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Dead Last in the Clotheshorse Race By Deborah Salomon

Fashion police.

These two words jumping off the TV program guide realized a lifelong fear. One day soon, my doorbell will be rung by a tall, emaciated woman in full war paint. She will wear layers and layers of whatever trend is trending with the fashionistas. She will sport paisley stretch jeans, open-toed boots, a faux-fur lined denim flyaway vest, enough scarves to strangle a giraffe, and a hairdo courtesy of John Deere gone rogue. Her nails: short, square, purplish-black. The summons she writes will read HOPELESS. My offenses, as listed: Perusing without ordering from catalogs featuring sweatshirts embroidered with teddy bears in Christmas finery. Perusing and sometimes ordering from catalogs that feature pants with “easy fit” waistbands. Wearing the same outfit on consecutive days, even though I’m going different places . . . or not. Refusing to change my earrings with each outfit. Refusing to change my purse with each outfit. Refusing to carry a purse that won’t hold enough stuff. Wearing muddled colors. Insisting on comfort, which means no itchy sweaters, scratchy lace undies, tottering heels, stranglehold turtlenecks. Routinely removing labels (good brands included) sewn in with thread that feels like Brillo on an open sore. Enforcing a spending cap on jeans. Despising children’s garments emblazoned with cartoon (or worse) characters in garish colors. Declaring a moratorium on roll-up sleeves with button tabs because they are impossible to get even and will not fit under a sweater. My defense: Who cares? ’Fess up . . . do you remember what every person you met yesterday had on? Upon seeing a beautifully dressed woman are you admiring or jealous? Do you suspect her of self-indulgence, vanity, showing off? No, no and no. Conversely, I look forward to seeing gals who take the same pride in their clothing as I do in my sour cream chocolate layer cake

and coq au vin. Fashion is their thing. They know how to wear clothes, instead of letting the clothes wear them, like movie queens who prance down the red carpet shouting the names of the foisting designers. Then, I engaged in some deep thinking on fashion — what it means, how it affects human well-being and, most important, how it skews the economy. Ah, the economy. Asia thrives on American ready-to-wear (prêt-a-porter, in French; I haven’t mastered the Mandarin). The quicker fashion changes, the faster the orders pour in. Let Michelle Obama brag about her made-in-theUSA frock and thirty-six hours later China ships a line-for-line knock-off. Make that twelve hours for Kate Middleton. Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren used to mean something. Now, they are available and affordable commodities at Amazon or T.J. Maxx. I give full credit, however, to fashion representing change, like the shorter, looser dresses of the 1920s that emancipated women wore to vote. Or the baggy man-trousers popular after World War II, when women worked in factories. Right now, “active wear” (especially yoga pants) is the “look” among fitness wannabes. I saw a young woman’s life changed by the gift of a stylish winter coat. This, too: Fashion is entertaining, particularly the carefully researched period costumes in Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and, recently, Masters of Sex. I get a kick out of imagining the TV models from Target, Macy’s, even J.C. Penney sashaying down Broad Street in the latest hot-off-the-boat numbers. I enjoy window-shopping in a city with department stores, wondering how much things cost and where I would wear them. But my best giggle is the morning show gals in cocktail dresses, neon cruise wear, frightening shoes and clunky jewelry. Barbs notwithstanding, the outfits my fashion-forward colleagues put together inspire awe, rather like an art exhibit appreciated by a voyeur who cannot draw, paint or sculpt. In the end, all that counts is wearing appropriate, well-fitting, comfortable clothes that do not attract attention or cost a car payment. In other words, I plead guilty to comfy sweats, plain jeans, a good suit, leather shoes, a purse that doesn’t set off the metal detector and, most important, that little black dress which isn’t just for funerals anymore. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at

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A Game that Conkers All Thoughts on the most poetic month

To Autumn By Serena Brown

A conversation with a friend about Concord grapes brought me up with a jolt. I realized that I hadn’t seen a game of conkers while I’ve been living in North Carolina. The connection was made through the pronunciation — my friend says Conkerd, I say Con-cord. We talked at cross purposes for some time. It’s like the tomahtoes and tomayters and it happens a lot, but I digress.

The noble game of conkers involves taking the autumnal seed of the horse chestnut tree and hardening it by means including vinegar, the airing cupboard and overnights in the bottom left hand oven of the Aga; then skewering a hole through the conker and knotting it onto a piece of string. This done, schoolchildren all over Great Britain and Ireland stand around in pairs and take it in turns to take shots with their conker at the opponent dangling before them. The conker that remains complete is the winner. There is a sophisticated system of scoring which involves adding up the number of victories and attributing them to the conquering hero, if you’ll excuse the pun. I asked my friend whether she knew about conkers. She thought that possibly she had seen them in Maine, but not down South. I asked my Southern husband, who looked amused and said that growing up in America he’d had BB guns and electric trains. I consulted the omniscience of the Internet, and learned, rightly or wrongly, that horse chestnut trees are native to the Pindus Mountains and Balkan forests and are now found throughout the temperate world. They are similar to but not the same as a buckeye. It’s probably too hot for them in the South, which is why I haven’t seen them here, and perhaps why you’ve got BB guns and electric trains instead. Musing as I was on this autumnal sport, my thoughts turned to fall, to the floating leaves and foxy tones. November is a poetic month. In England we smile at Thomas Hood’s eponymous study of the month’s dark and drizzle. We chant, “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot,” as we bundle out to celebrate Bonfire Night. People rarely get much further with that rhyme because their teeth are stuck together with treacle toffee or they’re busy oohing and aahing at the fireworks. Among the autumn poems is one so perfect that I’m going to stop here and ask my editors nicely whether we might have it in full. It is Keats’s To Autumn and it needs neither explanation nor elaboration. Editorial indulgence permitting, here it is:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep, Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep Steady thy laden head across a brook; Or by a cyder-press, with patient look, Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, — While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn Among the river sallows, borne aloft Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft The red-breast whistles from a garden croft; And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. — John Keats PS Serena Brown is a new mom and a treasured staff member at PineStraw magazine, despite her charming use of language.

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American Kestrel

Once a rare sight in our skies, this swift-flying falcon is making a fine comeback A young American Kestrel By Susan Campbell

Look! Look! Up there on the electrical

wire: It’s a dainty falcon. Or is it just a resting dove? Nope. The tail is squared off and the head is too big. And what about the small, hooked bill? And that tail bobbing? Yes, it is an American kestrel!

American kestrels are sexually dimorphic. Translation? Like a lot of birds, males and females can be distinguished from one another by plumage differences. Females have rufous backs, wings and tails with thin, black barring. The males, by contrast, have blue-gray wings and a rufous tail with only a black terminal band. Both have boldly patterned heads. Look for black “sideburns” at the ear, a distinctive “mustache” and a dark spot on the nape. Kestrels have long wings and tails that make them remarkably swift and maneuverable fliers. They not only nail mice, lizards and small birds with ease in sometimes thick underbrush, but they can snatch large insects from thin air. As with all falcons, American kestrels use a quick bite to the neck with their specially notched bills to efficiently dispatch their prey. Kestrels were a rare sight across North America not too long ago. For a carnivore near the top of the food chain, the magnified effects of DDT caused thinning shells and consequently low nesting success. In fact, mass mortality was reported in some areas. But the species has made a good recovery. They may be found breeding across North Carolina. They are most likely to nest in urban areas with buildings that have enough nooks

and crannies for nesting. Or they may find wooded habitats where large, decaying trees with plentiful nest holes are left standing. We do have breeding birds in the Triad, but you’ll likely see lots more kestrels in winter as birds from farther north make their way here in the fall, staking out territories where rodents are abundant. This is usually open habitat such as farm fields, pastures and airports. Individuals will perch patiently, often for hours, from a good vantage point, high up where they watch and listen for prey below. Being such agile fliers, they can actually hover for short periods as they zero in on prey. Because they can see in the ultraviolet range, American kestrels have the seemingly uncanny ability to track rodents, such as voles, by their urine trails. Interestingly, here in the South, wintering kestrels often divide habitat by sex. Females, who arrive first, stake out feeding territories in the most desirable, open locations. By the time males arrive, they are relegated to the wooded fringes. In summer, pairs defend Triad nest sites mostly in urban areas. Kestrels are as secretive during the breeding season as they are visible in winter. Nests are made in old trees with large cavities, often originally hollowed out by woodpeckers. The best clue to their presence are thin, high pitched “killi, killi, killi” calls. So, now that you know how and where to look, maybe you will spot an American kestrel or two this winter. PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at, by phone (910) 949-3207 or by mail at 144 Pine Ridge Drive, Whispering Pines, N.C. 28327.

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November Nocturne

Remembering good friends and good times in the quiet of late autumn morning darkness

By Tom Bryant

Something jarred me from a

sound sleep and a weird dream. The little clock on my side of the bed glowed red: 3:30. Vestiges of the dream drifted like wisps of smoke from an early winter campfire. I knew it was an important recall of times past and could make a great impact on the days ahead, if I could only remember. Sleep was impossible, so I silently eased out of the bed, not wanting to wake Linda, and headed for the kitchen.

I quietly closed the door to the hall, went to the kitchen, and looked out the window to the woods on the north side of our house. Leaves were nearly all off the trees, and a full moon cast shadows as a brisk northeast wind blew in the first cold spell of the season. I flipped on the light over the counter and fired up the coffee maker, trying all the time to remember the dream. Too late, I thought, it just wouldn’t come back, maybe later. November is one of my favorite months. In years past, this special time of year would find me up to my nose in hunting paraphernalia: shotguns, duck decoys, bird hunting coats and trousers, all kinds of gear spread out in the roost, my little garage apartment retreat where I do most of my writing. But not this year. This November found me sitting at the kitchen table at 4 a.m., bewilderedly trying to remember a dream. This entire year seemed to be one major event after another. In the earlier months we were in Florida, then back home to spend most of the summer on an extended trip out west. Fall came and one of our oldest and dearest friends, Ed Perkins, died after a long battle with cancer. Ed and Nan were more like family than friends. We met them at a very formative time in our lives. Linda and I were just married, a real adventure in its own right, and

we were putting us together as a couple, thinking for two rather than one. It was a time of discovery, learning individual likes and dislikes. During this period, we were fortunate to meet Ed and Nan. They were moving to a bigger home, one with three bedrooms right next door to their present location. Our plan was to rent the little two-bedroom house that they had lived in for a couple of years. They needed the larger space for their new, soon to arrive daughter, Laura. The coffee pot whistled that it was ready and I poured a cup, added a big dollop of Irish Cream creamer and sat back down at the kitchen table. I could hear the wind whistling through the few leaves left on the dogwood by the sunroom door. I’ll start a fire later when Linda wakes, I thought. It’ll feel good today. I remembered those early days living next door to the Perkins family in Burlington. Ed and I were instant friends. It’s true that opposites attract. Ed was an industrial engineer working in the textile business and was meticulous and exact as only an engineer can be; whereas I was a newspaper guy, a dreamer, happy to just be reading a book, sitting in the sun. We got along great. If Ed and I were opposites, Nan and Linda were identical in their likes and dislikes. They became as close as sisters. Ed was a super athlete. He played all sports in high school and was drafted to play football at Guilford College close to Greensboro. His real love, though, was golf, and I bet he walked around the world several times chasing that little white ball. I was more into wilderness sports, although I did play football and baseball in high school and baseball in college. Golf? I had always agreed with the man who said, “Golf is a good walk, spoiled.” But this didn’t stop Ed from trying to teach me the better points of the game. One Saturday afternoon I was sitting in our little living room watching a football game when Ed came in and said, “Bryant, come on. I’m gonna teach you how to hit a golf ball.” We drove to a driving range, not far from home, and Ed put me through the paces. I used his clubs and surprisingly did fairly well with the driver. But when I used the irons, I dug up enough ground to plant peanuts. I believe he knew that I could probably learn to play the game adequately, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me to be a real golfer. After that, he didn’t pressure me to follow him around the course.

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I got another cup of coffee and decided to go ahead and start a fire in the den. I always like to leave the fireplace with wood and kindling ready to go. One match and I had a roaring blaze. The heat from the fire took the chill out of the air. The door to the hall opened and Linda came in. “What are you doing up so early? It’s only 5 o’clock.” “Couldn’t sleep. Weird dreams,” I replied. Linda sat on the hassock in front of the fireplace. “The fire feels great,” she said. “What did you dream?” “Don’t know. It was strange, though.” She sat and watched the fire for a bit, stood up, stretched and said, “Hon, I’m going back to bed. It’s two hours until daylight. Don’t forget, you’re supposed to go hunting this afternoon with Rich.” “Yeah, I know. Now that I have the fire started, I’m going to read a little.” I picked up the latest copy of Garden & Gun as Linda went back down the hall to bed. It didn’t take long for me to drift off, holding the magazine, and the dream returned. It was of Ed and Saint Peter. They were sitting at a table in a room at a beautiful white columned, celestial golf club right on the southern side of the Pearly Gates. It looked as if they’d just completed 18 holes and were enjoying a little libation. I heard Ed, “Well, Pete, old boy, you did pretty well today. I thought you had me on the 18th. I’ll give you another chance tomorrow. You need to work on that slice, though.” “You’ve really settled in here, old sport,” Saint Peter replied. “Anything else I can do for you, other than losing at golf?” “Well, I miss Nan and the family and all my friends,” he said. “But they’ll join me soon enough, I reckon, just not too soon. They’ve got a lot to do yet.” “Not to worry. When it’s time, they’ll come,” St. Peter replied. “Oh, one other thing to add to your list, when that Bryant boy gets up here, I really want to teach him how to play a decent round of golf.” “We have had stranger requests and we’re noted for our miracles,” Saint Peter said. “We’ll give it a try and I hope it works, but that’s going to be one heavenly chore.” “Don’t worry, Pete, between us we can make it happen.” A log rolled over in the fireplace and sparks shot up the chimney. The magazine slipped out of my hand and I awoke from my impromptu slumber, smiling. I remembered the dream. PS Tom Bryant is an avid outdoorsman who prefers the 19th hole to all the others.


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As the tough post-mortems continue, America’s pride hangs in the balance

1951 Ryders Cup Team By Lee Pace

Imagine the captain of a U.S. Ryder Cup team

vamoosing from the event premises to drive ninety miles and collect a few bucks for an exhibition. It actually happened in 1951, when the biennial team matches were held on Pinehurst No. 2 and the format at the time called for one day of foursomes (alternate shot) followed by a day of singles. The PGA of America that year scheduled an off-day on Saturday so the golfers could attend a college football game (Tennessee at North Carolina, seventy-five miles away in Chapel Hill), but Sam Snead said to hell with that and drove to Florence Country Club to hit balls and kibitz with the members in exchange for a pocketful of Benjamins. He was no worse for the wear the next day as the American playing-captain dusted off Max Faulkner 4-and-3 and the Americans cruised to a 9.5 to 2.5 win.

By the mid-1970s, the Ryder Cup had evolved into mostly a ceremonial event — a team of twelve Americans against a team of twelve golfers from Great Britain and Ireland, playing every other year and moving from one side of the Atlantic to the other. The Americans had become too strong from top to bottom for their opponents and usually won the matches without breaking a sweat. The previous five matches from 1965 to 1973 were won by the Americans with an average

score of 19 to 12; the Brits won only three matches from the competition’s inception in 1927 through more than half a century. The 1975 rosters underlined the competitive imbalance in the two squads. The Americans had nine players who would win Grand Slam events — Billy Casper, Ray Floyd, Lou Graham, Hale Irwin, Gene Littler, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus. By contrast, the GBI team had only British Open champion Tony Jacklin among majorchampionship winners on its roster. The score that year? The U.S. won, 21-11, at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. One man with a front-row seat at this juncture was Don Padgett Sr., a longtime club professional in Indiana and a high-ranking PGA of America official. Padgett would later serve as Pinehurst’s director of golf from 1987-2002 and was instrumental in Pinehurst’s quest to land major championship golf — No. 2 was named in 1993 as venue for the 1999 U.S. Open and has since held Opens in 2005 and ’14 and a Women’s Open in 2014 as well. His son Don II recently retired after a decade as president and COO of the resort and club. “To show you just how far off the radar screen the Ryder Cup was at that time, that year’s competition almost didn’t get on television,” Padgett said one day in 2002, reflecting back on his life in golf. “George Love, the kingpin at Laurel Valley and the local chairman of the event, had to guarantee the commercial time to get ABC to agree to show the competition. Can you imagine that today? It’s gone from the club having to beg for TV coverage to today where NBC pays millions of dollars to televise the Ryder Cup.” The 1977 Ryder Cup Matches were held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in England. Henry Poe, the pro at Redding Country Club in Pennsylvania, was chairman of the matches, and Padgett was president of the PGA. They were riding around the course in a golf cart, and Poe said, “Don, I’m really getting concerned about the Ryder Cup. Several of our players have said they don’t care if they ever play again. There’s just no competition.” It was clear that some change was going to have to be made to strengthen

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the GBI team in order to keep the players’ interest. Nicklaus said in a letter to Lord Derby, captain of the British PGA, that the Ryder Cup had become a social affair for the Americans — and little else. “It is vital to widen the selection procedures if the Ryder Cup is to continue to enjoy its past prestige,” Nicklaus told Lord Derby, who was also president of Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Poe suggested that afternoon that he and Padgett try to get Lord Derby to sit down and discuss the issue. It was incumbent on the British to expand the boundaries of the GBI team. They had breakfast with him the next morning, and Lord Derby seemed receptive to the idea. “Henry was close friends with Lord Derby,” Padgett remembered. “That relationship helped him get Lord Derby to consider the proposition. By then the British PGA was conducting a true European tour, and we believed the team fielded by the British PGA should reflect that. I think Lord Derby and the GBI team were tired of losing.” When the 1979 Ryder Cup came to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, the American opponent was now a true European team, one not limited to the British Isles — and there were a couple of young Spaniards on the squad named Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido. “Seve was young and good-looking and had a slashing, charging game,” Padgett said. “He was like a young Arnold Palmer. And he had a wonderful short game. You could see things might be different down the road.” The United States still dominated at the Greenbrier, 17 to 11, and won handily two years later at Walton Heath, 18.5 to 9.5. But new faces on the European team were spicing things up. Bernhard Langer from Germany and Jose Maria Canizares of Spain joined the squad in 1981. The British PGA now had a much broader pool of talent from which to draw, and the European players brought a more durable quality to their team. They played week to week on courses offering more variety and difficult playing conditions than the American tour. Travel was more challenging and amenities less in abundance. These players solidified the backbone of the European team, and by 1983 at Palm Beach Gardens, it took a pinpoint wedge shot by Lanny Wadkins on the 18th hole in Sunday’s singles matches to secure a narrow American victory. “It all goes back to relationships, which are so important in all of business but particularly in golf, which is a fairly small world,” Padgett said. “Henry’s relationship with Lord Derby got the ball rolling. I’m sure things would have changed eventually had Henry not made that appeal to Lord Derby back in 1977. But I don’t think they would have changed as soon.” My, how times have changed. The axis has flopped 180 degrees. Now it’s the Americans looking for a sliver of light and ray of hope to make the

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Ryder Cup competitive again. Maybe the Euros will boycott now through lack of interest. With their loss in September to the Europeans by a 16.5 to 11. 5 margin, the Americans have lost seven of nine cups over two decades. The post-mortems throughout the week following the competition were as interesting as the event itself as the pundits and analysts parsed the golf and the politics — particularly the aloof management style of U.S. captain Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson’s post-match flagellation of Watson and concurrent embrace of the leadership style of 2008 captain Paul Azinger. American golfers, the PGA and its president Ted Bishop, Watson, Mickelson, God and apple pie were all under attack. This from Alan Shipnuck in Sports Illustrated: “Watson made little effort to get to know his charges or do any team building beyond a few get-off-mylawn speeches. He was a remote and disengaged figure in the run-up to the Cup, and once the competition began, he had little understanding of how his players were feeling, physically or emotionally. (It didn’t help that two of his vice captains — Ray Floyd, 72, and Andy North, 64 — are decades removed from playing the Tour and the third, Steve Stricker, 47, is now a part-timer.) And from Shane Ryan in Golf Digest: “Yet again, Watson sounded like someone for whom the captaincy solely meant making character judgments based on some inner masculine ethos, like John Wayne wearing plus-fours, rather than a twoyear marathon of exhaustive preparations for three days of intense pressure and emotional turmoil. It’s no wonder he was roundly criticized in the press and on social media; he seemed to have little sense what a modern Ryder Cup actually entails, or the preparation it requires. And when anyone had the temerity to question his decisions, he became defensive and terse, indignant that someone would suggest to know better.” And James Corrigan in The Telegraph of London blew the Yanks to smithereens: “Yet there is hope. Bishop’s tenure is blessedly coming to its conclusion and in comes Derek Sprague, the head pro of a New York golf club. He seems to have the right idea. ‘It’s not the size of the dog, it’s the size of the bark,’ he says. America remains the big dog, but their bark is pathetic and their bite non-existent. It is time they listened to Azinger and Mickelson. It is time they put a structure in place and take it seriously. Or else they shall carry on being a laughing stock. It’s the only continuity they can boast.” Continuity as a laughingstock? I hardly think that’s the end game Henry Poe, Don Padgett and Lord Derby were thinking about all those years ago. PS An updated edition of Lee Pace’s book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst — The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, is available this month at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

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November The Beastly Feast, Thanksgiving


While I stuff myself, on Thanksgiving Day With turkey and dressing and pie, Animals in the zoo have a big feast, too, They just don’t sit at the table like I. The elephants like a sumptuous meal That’s spread all around their feet, They’re true epicures, who eat vegetables And turn up their noses at meat. Leisurely dining is what they prefer, They savor each morsel and taste, With trunks for a spoon, they digest each bite, And nothing ever goes to waste. The hippos enjoy different eating styles, For they like their food served fast. Like a big softball, it is pitched at their jaws And they snatch it as it goes past. With one swift motion, they grab a whole pumpkin, And eat it in one giant gulp. They are neat as a pin, it’s simple to them They don’t need a fork or a cup. But it’s nice to know as I pile up my plate With cranberry sauce and the trimmings, That all God’s creatures share holiday joy And have a feast on Thanksgiving. — Cos Barnes

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From Farm to Loft Local furniture maker Noel McDevitt reclaims wood and keeps the stories going By Melissa Goslin • Photographs by Tim Sayer


oel McDevitt is a doodler. Perched at a kitchen island in the wideopen showroom of Farm + Loft, his sketches archive our conversation: New York City water towers, the way metal bars connect legs to tables, and — as we digress — driving directions to a favorite watering hole. His manner is laid back, like the music permeating the room from his iPod. He is part engineer, part artist. And, among the hunks of reclaimed wood and freehand furniture designs, it’s evident that he’s just getting started. McDevitt closed his Southern Pines law firm a few years back to join his wife, Jamie, at her real estate firm. Furniture design wasn’t part of the plan. Like most ideas worth pursuing, it happened organically. He and Jamie struggled to find sturdy furniture that matched their aesthetics and their budget, so McDevitt started tinkering. “I just like to make stuff,” he says. In hindsight, McDevitt benefited from starting small in his own garage. Without a shop full of fancy tools, he learned to understand the wood instead of the technology, PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2014



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making his first pieces with simple hand tools and a circular saw. “You can learn to do just about anything,” McDevitt says. “You really learn about making mistakes.”


t’s fitting that he calls his workshop the lab; each piece is still something of an experiment. Lumber for legs is bought and milled, typically from ash for its weight. Because they have to be precise, the legs are cut from new wood and tapered on two sides, four sides or not at all to achieve different styles. Their length and width are specific. The uniformity stops there. Reclaimed wood from old buildings, torn-down factories and barrel staves turn each table into a one-off work of art. “We like playing around, seeing what looks good,” McDevitt says as he points out strips of recently acquired bleacher wood laid across an aqua table base. In the lab, experimenting with color and texture combinations is part of the job. For McDevitt, salvaged wooden walls are particularly exciting. “Before drywall, walls were made of wood. Just wood. And people painted them over and over,” McDevitt says. “You never know what layers are underneath. As you sand it, all kinds of colors emerge.” Old wood adds character. Each board and chunk of wood arrives at the lab with its story recorded in

its grain, producing flaming patterns and patinas not achievable with new, crop-grown commercial wood. In denser forests, trees competed for water and sunlight. They grew slowly, with finer growth rings chronicling each drought, fire and season. Today, trees are engineered to grow faster, leaving large gaps between their rings and less story to reveal. Tighter grain isn’t simply for show. It also makes old, reclaimed wood stronger and more durable than newer lumber, and sturdy furniture was just what the McDevitts were looking for to use in their own home. “There aren’t that many things you buy today that you’re gonna hand down to your grandkids,” McDevitt says. “I mean, you’re not giving them your iPod.” It was tough to source the wood at first. As Farm + Loft expands, it’s getting easier — and more fun. “Now people call us if they have an old building,” McDevitt says. “Every now and again we’ll even go and take down an old barn ourselves.” For McDevitt, there’s an innate sense of satisfaction in breathing new life into something that stood for over a hundred years. He takes pride in knowing his furniture allows the materials to continue their story and even outlast a building. Built to last also means built to be used. As he recounts the age-old process of protecting his grandmother’s dining room table, he seems exhausted: Once the leaf is in place, a thick pad is pulled from its case and

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placed along the length of the table, then the waterproof mat gets spread on top and covered with a tablecloth. McDevitt prefers his furniture exposed. In the spirit of trial and error, he kept a few of his first tables outside his own house for years to test them against the elements. He’s proud to say they stood up to the challenge. His furniture comes by the weathered or distressed finishes honestly, no DIY involved. McDevitt encourages customers to embrace the imperfections that occur over time. The dog-chewed legs and the kids’ etched initials tell the story of your life. You also won’t find veneers at Farm + Loft. “I like the big, thick pieces of wood,” McDevitt says as he regards the massive chunk of cherry propped the height of the wall in the showroom, waiting to be cleaned up, planed and sanded. Although that one towering slab could be thinly sliced into sheets to lend its charm to lesser woods, skimping isn’t an option.


hese days it’s tricky to find furniture that doesn’t require some measure of assembly. With a quick sketch, McDevitt illustrates one of the main issues with tables unpacked from a box — a single metal crossbar where the legs are attached. Only a small amount of force, he points out, and even a child could rip the leg right out. There’s a reason the corner pegs of his pieces are visible; McDevitt wants his clients to know they’re strong. “You’d have to destroy this to get a leg off,” McDevitt says as he knocks his knuckles against the kitchen island. They’ve been busy in the lab designing a removable leg option that won’t compromise the strength, but refuse to offer one until they know it will hold up to their standard lifetime guarantee. McDevitt places high value on the collaborative process and takes pride in the people he employs, encouraging them to push their limits and test out their own ideas. “It’s unbelievable how creative and productive people can be when they have a stake in what they’re making,”

McDevitt says. He places the same value on customer ideas and suggestions. “They’re the ones who are right about what we should make,” McDevitt says. In that spirit, Farm + Loft is constantly adapting its product lines, including mirrors and chalkboards up to 8 feet tall, mantelpieces made from reclaimed floor joists and patchwork tables in custom colors. “You go to Brooklyn and everyone wants to live on a farm,” McDevitt says. “Here, it’s exactly the opposite.” That’s not the only reason their pieces balance country lifestyle and urban elements. He and his wife have slightly different styles — Jamie is the farm; he’s the loft. Although her vision drove the original farm tables, McDevitt adds little industrial touches that make their furniture as at home in a city dwelling as a country home: large wooden mirrors coated in metallic paint, industrial wheels tucked underneath a rustic kitchen island, painted wood coffee tables edged in metal stripping. The steelwork requires a level of machining and precision that was a little more intimidating for a self-taught furniture designer, but McDevitt has American ingenuity in spades. “I’m tired of hearing people say we can’t manufacture things in this country,” McDevitt says. “We can.” With one call, McDevitt could sell his pieces through a large retailer, but that’s not his end game. After only a few minutes in the lab, it’s clear that profit isn’t the motivation. They aren’t just reclaiming old wood; they’re resurrecting the lost art of making things from scratch. With his pen and sketchpad at the ready, McDevitt is always thinking of new ideas: ways to improve existing products, new pieces to create and experiments to conduct. As for the business end of things, McDevitt is taking his cue from the old wood forests. His focus isn’t on growing faster, but on expanding at a slow, comfortable pace that’s sure to be chock-full of story and loaded with unexpected character. PS Melissa Goslin is a freelance writer with a growing love of furniture that doesn’t require assembly. She can be reached at

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Apples Our Eye


By Noah Salt • Photographs by John Gessner

hirty years ago, more or less on a hunch, peach grower Ken Chappell planted his first apple trees hoping to grow red and golden delicious and Granny Smith and a couple traditional summer apples to augment his 35 acres of superb peaches. The widespread belief at that time was that successful apple-growing was strictly a proposition for the upland portions of the state — the western Piedmont and mountains. Not the warm and sultry Sandhills. “In fact,” he pointed out the other day at his busy stand on Highway 211 in Samarcand, “apples have been grown here since the 1950s when the research station in Windblow planted test orchards to see if apples could grow in the high humidity and heat of the Sandhills. The belief was that they needed cooler nights and would be susceptible to more disease. But the belief was wrong.” Today, Chappell has seven full acres of apples, growing a dozen or more old and new age varieties of apples that extend his selling season almost to Thanksgiving. On the perfect October afternoon we moseyed out to see what was in season for the autumn larder, the red and golden delicious, Ozark Golds and Gala apples were nearly over. But the Granny Smiths, Fuji, Winesaps, Gold Rush, Pink Ladies and Arkansas Blacks were at their peak — just in time for great seasonal cookery. “We’re so well known for our peaches in this area, it took me years to get folks who stopped here to realize that not all apples come from the mountains,” Chappell explained with a chuckle, sacking up gorgeous samples of all the above varieties for PineStraw’s Thanksgiving celebration of Moore County apples. “These days, at least once a day, someone buying our apples still asks where our apples come from. I take pleasure in telling them — right here. You’re standing where they were grown.” The first Thanksgiving meal in 1621 resembled nothing like the average American menu of today. According to Epicurious, theirs was highlighted by mussels cooked with parsley and vinegar, wild turkey and other game birds stewed with onions and herbs, grilled or stewed pumpkin, and a sweet Indian corn pudding served with locally available fruit — ripened plums, grapes and figs. The only apples native to America were crabapples, so it wasn’t until the late 17th century that apples came available to make an appearance on the family groaning board. They were probably either stewed with honey or baked with cinnamon and clove. Apple pies, it’s worth noting, have been a feature of feasting since the early Middle Ages, as described in this earliest recipe on record from a cookbook presented to Queen Elizabeth I in the late 14th century. The word “cofyn” or “coffin” is a reference to the baked crust used in early pies — but was generally not consumed. “Tak gode Applys and gode Spryeis and Figys and reyfons and Perys and wan they are wel ybrayed co-lourd wyth Safron wel and do yt in a cofyn and do yt forth to bake well.” — from The Forme of Cury, compiled by Simon Pegge and the master cooks of Richard III. Apples and holiday cookery have come a long way since then, which is why the discovery that Moore County produces some of the finest apples in the state is such a sweet revelation. Here’s a brief rundown — ‚ and some timely apple recipes — on our homegrown apples, most of which are included in Farm-to-Farm boxes and available at Chappell’s stand and area farmers’ markets until mid November. PS


Wendy’s Famous Apple Chicken Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts 4 apples — peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾3/4 cup Calvados or regular brandy ½1/2 cup apple cider

½1/2 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup heavy cream ½1/2 teaspoon basil ½1/2 teaspoon tarragon Flour for dredging 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ¼1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Heat butter and olive oil in a large, deep frying pan. Combine flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Dredge chicken breasts in flour and brown on both sides (about 5-8 min). Remove chicken from pan and set aside in a baking dish. Add Calvados and deglaze pan. Add sliced apples and lightly brown. Add cider and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream, basil and tarragon. Return chicken to pan and cover with sauce. Cook covered over medium heat for 15 minutes, occasionally basting with sauce. Wendy Dodson

Apple Pie Bread Makes one 9- x 5-inch loaf Ingredients Bread 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded and peeled baking apples, preferably a mixture Topping 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Make the bread: Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the buttermilk and then add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated. Mix in the self-rising flour, apple pie spice and salt. Stir in the apples. Spoon into the prepared pan. Prepare the topping: Stir together the brown sugar and all-purpose flour in a small bowl. Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the nuts, if using. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter. Bake until light brown on top and cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, 60-65 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before unmolding onto wire rack to cool at least slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature. From Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

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Fuji Developed in Japan and introduced to consumers in 1962, this crisp, sweet-flavored modern apple has grown steadily in popularity, enjoying dual popularity for cooking and just plain eating.

Granny Smith Since the 1860s, an Aussie-born apple believed to be a cross between a Rome Beauty and French crabapple, the Granny Smith is probably the most recognizable apple in the world owing to its versatility as a good eating apple or used in baking.

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Pink Lady One of the best and most versatile of the modern apples, late-season fruit with superb flavor and great balance between acidity and sweetness. Also hails from Australia and will keep up to three months.

Arkansas Black Your grandpa’s favorite eating apple. A revival of the heirloom apple with great character, firm fleshed and splendidly tart. Excellent for eating or cooking and will keep months, often turning nearly completely black in storage. 70

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Red Delicious An all-American eating apple known for its rich red color and sweet flesh, mild flavor and light crispness, the apple you probably carried to school in your lunch box. It hails from the 19th Century but still remains one of the most popular apples in the world.

GoldRush A new apple born in the Midwest in the 1990s. Our favorite apple grown in Moore County — a smooth-skinned dessert apple that features firm flesh and a fine balance of sweetness and acidity. Super crunch and great taste. We understand it makes a great apple pie.

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Hand to Heart


A Community of Craft Artists Grows in The Sandhills By Gayvin Powers • Photographs by John Gessner In a world where so many commercial products are mass-produced and factory-made, it’s always a refreshing surprise to come across something truly made by human hand — with a touch of the craftsman’s heart in it. At a time when farm-to-table food values are gaining popularity and campaigns to buy local products mean far more than a clever marketing slogan to thoughtful local consumers, it’s equally reassuring to discover the Sandhills is home to a growing number of skilled and diversely talented handcrafters and artisans who put a little love into everything they make.

At popular shops like Swank in Southern Pines, Blue Horse Market in Whispering Pines and Carolina Crafters in Vass, artists and crafters are welcome to convene and share their handmade items with the public. With the holidays suddenly in view, we at PineStraw thought it might be fun (and useful to you, dear reader) to meet some of these talented local artists and crafters who are using their skills and ingenuity to pursue a life they love while providing high-quality one-of-a-kind goods for the community.

ART SAVED ME Jodi Ohl’s vibrantly colored paintings invoke memories of Henri Matisse and the Fauve artists. Influences for her artwork “can be a house I’ve seen, a downtown area with a mom-and-pop shop I’ve visited, a leaf, a dress in a store, a family member, a song,” she says. “One of the most interesting things about living a creative life, you never stop being influenced or inspired by life every day.” Around eight years ago, Ohl was going through a difficult time, including a demanding job that was exacerbated by a house fire. It was then that Ohl used art to work through her difficulties. “Flash forward to 2011, I left my profession as a bank manager for Wells Fargo to pursue teaching art around the country and working as a full-time artist,” she says. “Finding my way back to art saved me.” An artistic life isn’t an easy one, but it’s one filled with satisfaction and enjoyment. “Being an artist does put you in a very vulnerable place. You are putting your heart and soul out into the world on a daily basis for people to love or judge you . . . or some combination of both,” Ohl says. “The life I lead now isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it either.” “Every day is a day to be thankful,” Ohl says, thinking about her life and the time of year. “I try to give voice to that sense of gratitude in my art on a regular basis . . . I’m also very grateful to do what I love every day of my life. I’ve never worked harder, but it’s worth it!” Favorite Quote: “Creativity takes courage.” — Henri Matisse Art: Mixed media; contemporary landscapes, portraits; abstract Purchase: Swank and Crafters Corner Info:


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FROM GRANNY'S BUTTON JAR It all started with her grandmother’s button jar. It was the same button jar Jean Skipper’s grandmother used while at her sewing table, which Skipper played beneath as a child. With the passing of her grandmother, Skipper had a desire to reuse her grandmother’s sewing items and repurpose the objects into jewelry. Her jewelry creates a new story out of an old one. By using found objects and reworking them into a new piece of jewelry, Skipper found “a way of keeping those people alive,” she says. Skipper’s biggest artistic influence goes back to her parents, with the strongest tie to her father, who worked in a Pennsylvania steel mill. He used found steel, which he turned into sculptures. Although Skipper is quick to add, “He wouldn’t call them sculptures, but that’s what they were.” There were always tools around the house during Skipper’s childhood; people made things to last and if an item was broken then “we repaired it,” she says. Skipper believes that art “enriches our lives. It can release emotions and transform feelings. Collectors also make a difference in the lives of artists. I hope that the joy that went into the creation transfers to them.” All of this leads Skipper to a “gratitude centered life,” she says. “I used to be a banker, and I’m blessed making a living doing a life that I enjoy.” Favorite Quote: “Not all who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkein. Skipper says, “I’m the girl who likes roadside attractions. I eventually get to my destination, and I have a lot of fun along the way.” Art: Jewelry of recycled materials; industrial and whimsical Purchase: Swank and Carolina Crafters Info:

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A JOYFUL SENSE OF CREATION Comedy and creativity blended with realism makes Jackie Sadler’s art take an unexpected, fun turn when she paints on found objects. It all started 44 years ago when Sadler’s mother was taking art lessons and had her studio set up in the laundry room. When her mother wasn’t looking, Sadler says, “I’d go in there and paint on the canvases.” One day, Sadler’s mom quit, and Sadler started taking classes to become a fine artist. From a young age, Sadler was bitten by creativity, and she explains why even as a child she expanded into painting on found objects, “If you take starving artists, they have their paints [that last a long time], but they can run out of canvases [which are expensive]. You end up relying on what you have around.” There is a joyful sense about Sadler that is filled with gratitude regarding her art. “My mother used to say, ‘If you don’t practice your art, you’ll lose it.’ That used to scare me. I wouldn’t pick up a paintbrush for a couple years, and I’d wonder if I still have it. Later, I realized it’s not something you lose. If you have it, you have it. It can be a blessing and a curse. Even if it’s a curse, you have to feed the animal. You lose careers, you lose people because of it. But I’m grateful because I’m doing so much of it in my life.” Favorite Quote: “I want to be famous so that I can be humble about being famous.” — Ernest Hemingway. Art: Reclaimed art; fine art; classical realism Purchase: Swank and Blue Horse Market PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2014


GIFTED MAN OF LEATHER What do you give someone who has everything? Bill Barbour knows. A master artist in leather goods, each of his handmade pieces are commissioned by customers. He specializes in holsters, guitar straps, concealed weapon purses, wallets, wrist bands with silver, knife scabbards and more. All of these gorgeous pieces are made in the customer’s choice of leather; cow, kangaroo (which is water resistant and ten times stronger than cow hide), alligator and ostrich are the most popular. Barbour started working with leather 59 years ago when his father bought him a cowhide and showed him how to craft goods from it. After 33 years at IBM as a designer, where he was stuck working in his head, Barbour is overjoyed to spend his time working with his hands. The impetus to get into leather work full time came when Barbour was looking for an iPhone flip phone case. Frustrated, he created his own. People saw his case and asked him to start making cases for them. It was all word of mouth — customers are as far away as Switzerland and Belgium. Barbour thinks that arts and crafts are becoming a lost art. “I talk with school kids, they grow up, get on the computer or cell phone, and they don’t have any idea how things are made. When I was a kid, if something was broken, you fixed it yourself. Customers can watch me while I make the items, it’s a way we can pass on the knowledge.” Favorite Quote: “Live my dreams.” As far as leather work, Barbour tells his customers, “I don’t expect you to use it if I wouldn’t use it myself.” Art: Leather work Purchase: Carolina Crafters


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JUST FOR KIDS Melissa Murphy finds that her family is her greatest influence in sewing her colorful crafts for children. Her business, Banana Peel, started with making hooded towels for children, was named after her daughter, Anna, who Murphy calls “my little Anna Banana.” The company name took hold when Murphy realized, “You unpeel your children and get them dressed after the bath.” Hence, the name “Banana Peel.” Family and fun are the keys to Murphy’s creativity. She enjoys making items for her children ages 5 months, 4 and 7, nieces, nephews and extended family. Murphy believes that she started the business out of having fun and she continues to do so. “Art is such an expression of how you’re doing or feeling. You don’t have to say anything — people can see it through art. It’s also important to express yourself in that way. Talk and physical touch are important but it’s also important to express yourself through arts and crafts.” When asked if thankfulness or gratitude plays a part in her art, Murphy shares, “I’m so grateful for everybody in my life, and not just my family . . . The items I make can brighten someone’s day. One person bought a tea towel and hung it in her baby’s room. It humbles me to know that my tea towel hangs in there. She’ll pull it out again in 50 years and remember back to this time.” Favorite Quote: “Winners never cheat and cheaters never win.” Her father is a big inspiration and used to say that a lot while Murphy was growing up. Art: Home goods for children and babies (towels and pillow cases) Purchase: Swank Info:

WEAVING HISTOR Y It’s a blend of history, family and tradition that speak to Gail Frazer’s talent of making handmade pine needle baskets. Frazer’s space at Carolina Crafters feels like a woody retreat; the walls are lined with her pine needle baskets that feature found objects from nature woven into them, including: sea shells, nuts and wood. It’s reminiscent of the Native Americans and their handmade pine needle baskets that were here before the settlers. Frazer says, “The biggest influence in my craft was how the Native Americans took what was indigenous to our area and made useful baskets from it.” Frazer’s basket weaves are tight and strong, harking back to the days when people took pride in their work. “I remember learning to sew as a child,” Frazer says. “If it wasn’t made correctly, my mother would take all the stitches out.” As painful as that may be, many people in past generations grew up with the same rigid discipline, knowing that handmade goods had to be made to last. It’s that same attention to detail that Frazer uses now each time when she crafts her baskets today. Frazier notes: “I’m very thankful and grateful for being given the ability to create in all aspects of my life from my baskets, to setting a table, decorating my home or even designing a party or wedding. It is all part of each and every day for me.” Favorite Quote: “No one knows what he can do until he tries.” — Syrus Art: Pine needle baskets; Old World meets New World Purchase: Carolina Crafters

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FOR LOVE OF THE FARM The desire to find unique items while shopping during his childhood led Krista Stieby to create rustic, farmstyle home décor. Stieby’s first memory of crafts was during Christmas season when she and her sister would decorate their bedroom “with paper chains and all sorts of creations,” she says. For more than a decade Steiby has upcycled, recycled and created her home décor. Inspiration behind starting her business came from when she and her husband moved here to a house that was 100 years old. She enjoyed imagining who was in the house and touched different aspects of the home. It inspired her to make items that “looked old and felt rustic;” her favorite item to make is the Christmas wreath. During the holidays, Stieby revels in decorating the house with her handmade items and being able to share that festivity with her friends and family. It all comes down to personal expression for her. Stieby believes that art is so important because “it reflects people’s personality. It’s not commercial or something you can get in a Pottery Barn catalog.” One of the signature items that embodies Stieby’s style and originality is a customer favorite tea towel that reads, “I Love You Like Biscuits And Gravy.” Favorite Quote: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” — Rose Tremain Art: Home and seasonal décor; rustic farm-style Purchase: Swank and Info:,


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A GIRL'S WORLD Fun was the word that inspired Deborah Williams to start crafting, and it’s the same word that keeps her working at it. When she first moved to the Sandhills, she was the mom with a master’s degree and no job who hung out at Swank with her friend, Jocelyn Remington (owner of One Rugby Wife). The collaboration between Williams and Remington turned into The Girls, their business that makes goods for babies. Part of what makes the products successful is “the fact that it’s a cooperation between Jocelyn and me. If you have someone to bounce ideas off of, it can really work.” For Williams’ part, “I look for something to create that I would want myself.” One of the greatest gifts of making handmade items, “It’s the best feeling when you see someone on the street using your product. That person doesn’t know you made it. But you do.” Williams believes that arts and crafts are essential to the community because, “It enforces the local economy, people and companies. Shop local, make local is a great philosophy,” she adds. Her gratitude spills over from her art into everyday practice, where she’s thankful that she says she’s, “creating something fun and helping support my family.” Favorite Quote: “Love what you live and live what you love.” Art: Goods for babies; natural; crafty (specializing in onesies) Purchase: Swank and Blue Horse Market Info:, North Carolina

OR GANIC BY NATURE Jocelyn Remington’s crafts are organic and natural, coming from her lifestyle and finding a way to assist those closest to her. That desire to help her family and friends led to One Rugby Wife, Remington’s business, which started out of making natural skin care products to aid her mother. Remington grew up in a creative environment where her mother played a large role. She “grew up with a mom that had every hobby. If there was a new thing you could make, she would do it. From the time I was young, mom was a creator; it was a natural part of my life.” Five years ago, Remington moved with her husband to Southern Pines and spent time at Swank. The owners of Swank encouraged her to make products and bring them in to sell. It led her to create no-wash shampoo with the delightful scent of lavender, among others. Aligned with many other crafters of today, Remington thinks, “Our society, in general, has gotten away from making things with our hands. But we can make those things in our home. I would hate to get to the point that our kids wouldn’t know how to make products or know how to grow our own food.” Remington adds, “It’s why I appreciate our Moore County community. They appreciate something that someone put more time and love to create than mass-produced products.” Favorite Quote: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will go through its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein Art: Natural Body Products Purchase: Swank and Blue Horse Market Info: PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2014


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Home Again Knollwood House returns to life as a family residence By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Gessner


ne by one, the vacation cottages and mansions of Pinehurst/Southern Pines built with pre-Depression fortunes have been reborn, re-imaged, renovated as primary residences. Inside, some look startlingly contemporary. Others, crammed with heirlooms. Knollwood House stands the middle ground: modest structural modifications and additions have not stripped away the Gatsby glamour. “I remember when we pushed back the furniture and danced to Glenn Miller records,” says local artist Dani Devins, whose family lived at Knollwood for 40 years. Easy to imagine, in a 32-by-24 foot living room with polished wood floors, ornate furnishings and stucco walls painted a yellow on hiatus since “In the Mood” topped the hit parade. Yet beyond the dance floor appears a two-story glass-walled sunroom overlooking Mid Pines’ 15th fairway. Flanking the fireplace, built-in cupboards hide the HDTV. Bordering the circular driveway is a carriage house converted into two suites for paying guests. Obviously, this estate comes with considerable baggage, including a sweet story of success. “Joe had traveled all our married life,” begins current chatelaine Lyndee Radigan. Joe Radigan, an executive in the medical supply industry, retired at 52. To make up for time spent apart, Lyndee proposed “Now let’s do something together.” Like operate an elegant resort B&B, with Joe assuming up-front “people” duties and Lyndee doing the planning, cooking and housekeeping. Brave they were, considering most affluent retirees chose travel, golf and relaxation instead of serving freshly squeezed orange juice and Grand Marnier French toast. But if Bob Newhart could do it sitcom-style in Vermont, the Radigans were game. Neither had connections to North Carolina. But both, plus


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their two daughters, have strong ties to horses and golf. When daughter Megan decided on St. Andrews University in Laurinburg for its equestrian program, the family, tired of a modest ranch house on their horse farm in Florida, relocated. Knollwood had been purchased in the 1980s for a B&B by a flight attendant who died soon after. Dick and Mimi Beatty completed the conversion, opening Knollwood House in 1990s. The high-energy Radigans saw it on the market in 2007. They thought . . .why not? Inn-keeping could be fun, especially meeting interesting people. Besides, the house was more in keeping with their 6,500 square foot Mediterranean mansion in Coto de Caza, an exclusive community in Orange County, California. “Bigger is way better,” Lyndee decided.

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nollwood House was built in 1927 by a Mr. Burke of Philadelphia, perhaps a minister, Dana Devins has been told, but certainly not on a minister’s salary. A coincidence, perhaps, but U.S. Open champion Billy Burke (from Connecticut) stayed at the house, likely in 1928, when he won the North & South Open. By then, the Knollwood enclave had become popular with wealthy Pennsylvanians who followed the Boyds of Weymouth (steel). In 1924, W.C. Fownes, Jr. (also steel) completed an elaborate winter estate on nearby Crest Road. The Burkes had no children. After Mr. Burke’s death, his wife moved to a hotel leaving the grand house empty until discovered by Devins’ mother Helen Gill, also from Philadelphia, and British stepfather, Edward GordonMann. Helen had convalesced in the Sandhills as a child; she liked not only the area, but also the house on a scale similar, but smaller, than the Tuscan villa overlooking Florence where she had resided with Devin’s father – a

dashing Italian naval officer who died young. Knollwood’s architectural style, advertised as English Country Manor, is not without Continental flair. Its elongated profile and circular drive allowed a servants’ wing with separate entrance, sitting room, bathroom and several sleeping cubicles that were later combined as the master suite; guests occupied the five family bedrooms (and two sleeping porches) while the innkeepers retained privacy in a two-story apartment. “We named bedrooms (in the main house) for golf courses and in the carriage house, for equestrians,” Lyndee notes. Surprising for the era, each bedroom has its own full bathroom with window, as though built for a large family, houseguests – or foretelling the inn. Included were an elevator, cedar closets and, most unusual for the area, full basement but no main-floor powder room, until added by the Radigans. Other puzzles: 14-inch stucco-over-brick walls, with an undulating surface more common to Spanish haciendas – and Tudor reproductions. “It’s like a fortress,” Lyndee discovered. “We can’t even hear thunderstorms.” Color this stucco yellow in the salon, raspberry red in the dining room and a froggy green elsewhere for a striking retro effect. Guest rooms came furnished, but after the Beattys left Lyndee had to scour consignment shops for period pieces to fill public spaces. “I didn’t have a lot of family history or furniture to inherit, so if I saw something I liked, I just bought it,” she says. “I love mixing things together.” Big things, like the baby grand that followed them from California, but not too many. Lyndee calls herself a minimalist, illustrated by mostly bare walls, well-spaced furniture and uncluttered surfaces. She lucked out with grandiose upholstered sofas and chairs to blend with the yellow walls. However, Lyndee risked painting the sun room stucco pumpkin-pie tan because the carpet she chose included flecks of the hue. A long dining room table was vital. They found the Drexel-made piece online,

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at a refinisher’s in Toronto – and had it shipped “home.” Even this table is dwarfed by the room’s size, including a smaller nook at the end, set off by Greek columns. Lyndee served breakfast to her guests on bone china, Waterford crystal and silver flatware kept in a butler’s pantry between dining room and kitchen. The kitchen, updated in the early 1990s, is a caterer’s dream, Lyndee says – perfect for meetings, parties and other events Knollwood hosts. More practical than pretentious, its yards of counter space, commercial and residential refrigerators, massive island and industrial gas range with auxiliary oven are framed by maroon and green for “a pop of color.”


fter six years hosting memorable people and events the Radigans have closed the B&B and begun preparations for their daughter’s wedding at Knollwood House, next August. “It was way more work than I thought,” says Joe, who now travels occasionally as a consultant. “You have to have a really good relationship with your partner (to make it work),” Lyndee adds. Their inn-keeping experiment — a five-year plan — lasted seven, a testament to their relationship. With paying guests gone, Lyndee and Joe with several rescued dogs and cats will enjoy a traditional retirement, mostly on the terrace and sunroom furnished in comfortable leathers, overlooking a million-dollar view. “We can have cocktails in the living room, try every bed if we want,” Lyndee says. Family and friends will fill the rooms, from time to time. “With the B&B, every day was a tea party. Now, the house is like our own fantasyland.” Plus, she concludes, “I get to have a life again.” PS


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“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” —Henry Rollins, actor, columnist, punk rock icon

November By Noah Salt

Nutmeg’s Secret History

Gobble it Up It’s finally here, gathering time for America’s favorite eating month. According to The New York Times, the average number of calories a person consumes at Thanksgiving dinner is an astounding 4,500, proving beyond the shadow of any doubt that Turkey Day is our most gluttonous day of food consumption. Curiously, according to something called the Calorie Council, which sounds like a nefarious government agency, most of those calories come from the all-day snacking around the TV that defines Turkey Day in most American households. Still, Americans on average consume more than 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. Approximately 40 million green bean casseroles are eaten along with 50 million pumpkin pies, and God knows how much oyster stuffing. According to Butterball, the turkey brand that sells more than 12 million of the 51 million birds sold annually, there’s a very good reason the company offers a special “Turkey Help Line.” The Dumbest Five Questions to the Butterball Help Line: 1. “Is it OK to thaw my turkey in the bathtub while bathing my kids?” 2. “Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?” 3. “Can I use my oven’s self-cleaning cycle to speed up the cooking process?” 4. “If I cut my turkey with a chainsaw, will the oil affect the taste?” 5. “Can I take my frozen turkey into the sauna to thaw it out faster?”

Who knew the Almanac Gardener’s favorite holiday spice has a secret sordid past? Nutmeg — one of the three most popular spices used in holiday cooking — was in such feverish demand by Holland’s wealthy diners in the 17th century, according to food historian Michael Krondl, that Dutch spice traders resorted to imprisoning and killing competing English merchants and massacring the nutmeg-farming people of the Banda Islands in Indonesia to keep their edge in the spice trade. Also little known: After years of battling the rival English, both sides sat down in 1667 to hammer out a deal in which the Dutch traded control of Manhattan Island to the English in exchange for the last nutmeg island the British controlled, as well as access to South American sugar plantations. Why was nutmeg so valued? Consumed in the right quantity, it was known to cure certain ailments and provide “milde and pleasant hallucinations,” according to one ancient Dutch herbalist. We say pass the pumpkin latte and pile on the nutmeg, please. Stayed tuned next month for “Eggnog goes wild.”

November’s To-Do List With cool days here and most of the heavy gardening behind us for a bit, now’s the time to get a jump on next spring’s garden: • Rake up leaves and create a leaf mold area or add to your compost pile. • Prune flowering trees and shrubs as they drop their blossoms. • Clean up garden, rake out and remove dead material. • Divide and transplant perennial plants. • Plant last of spring flowering bulbs and sow wildflower seeds. • Before the ground freezes, generously water shrubs and potted plants. • Sharpen tools, reorganize storage shed, drain and store hoses. • Begin your master plan for 2015, in advance of spring catalogs. • Restock bird feeders. PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2014



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SALE AND RAFFLE. 8 a.m. – 1p.m. Come shop the 18th annual White Elephant sale and Raffle for bargains and delicious home baked goods. Also, over 100 raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit Moore County charitable organizations. Event sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Sacred Heart Church. Founders Hall at N.C. 211 and Dundee Road. Info (910) 695-0886.

ANTIQUES FAIR. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The annual Antiques Sale and Show in the climate-controlled National Guard Armory in Southern Pines. Runs through November 2. Over 30 dealers will be present with art, furniture, glass, jewelry and other collectibles. The National Guard Armory, 500 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info:






meet Diane Kraudelt at Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or www.hollyhocksartgallery. com. GOLF CAPITAL CHORUS SHOW. 7 • p.m. The Barbershop Express will leave the

Pinecrest High School Station when the Golf Capital Chorus of Pinehurst presents its 34th annual show — an exciting and memorable journey to cities made famous by the U.S. rail system. Tickets: $15/adults or $10/students. Info: or (910) 690-6587.

Sunday, November 2

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT. 3p.m. • This month’s chamber music concert features Aurora Musicalis. Admission: Free/ members; $15/ non-members. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines.

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Tuesday, November 4

BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Parents and children will be engaged in early literary practices. Baby bunnies storytime is for ages birth to 18 months. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Wednesday, November 5

LUNCH AND LEARN. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Topic: “Liquid Wonders.” Learn all about fillers to remove unwanted wrinkles without surgery. Always the first Wednesday of every month, lunch, gift bags and specials. Kindly RSVP to 910.295.1130 or PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 • p.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! Storytime is for infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5


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Thursday, November 6

MASTER CLASSICAL GUITAR CLASS. 4 – 6 p.m. With Gohar Vardanyan. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL. 6 p.m. Join • Friend to Friend’s annual Take Back the Night Candle Light Vigil in remembrance of North Carolina victims who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. Sandhills Community College, Owens



DINING IN THE DARK. 6 p.m. Come • for cocktails and dinner, and meet our stu-

dents and their guide dogs, hear their stories and see the direct results of your contributions to the MIRA Foundation. Pinehurst Members Club, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehust. Info: 910-944-7757. CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL. 7 • p.m. With critically acclaimed virtuoso guitar

The Met November 1st Carmen December 13th Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg The Bolshoi November 16th The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Gohar Vardanyan. Vardanyan will present the works of Albeniz, Ponce, Rodrigo, and De Falla. Free tickets at the Boyd Library, open to the public. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst.

Friday, November 7

TRAIN & TRACTOR SHOW. You will find tractors of all kinds here. Catch a ride on the Stanly Steamer or The Trolley. Sit back and listen to some Bluegrass or Gospel music. Admission: $10 a day, $18 for 2 days, $25 for a 3 day pass. 644 Niagara Carthage


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MID PINES HICKORY OPEN. Get your plus fours, step back in history and see what golf was really like in the golden era. Competitors compete on Mid Pines with hickory-shafted clubs and dress in period clothing. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, 1010 Midland Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-9362 or 20TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT. 6 – 8 • p.m. Join the Artists League of the Sandhills

November 7 – December 20. Free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or

CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 7 p.m. Natasha Korsakova, violinist, performs in recital with David Michael Wolff on the piano. Admission: $27/general; $22/military; $11/student. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0287 or www.

for their 20th annual art exhibit and sale at a wine and cheese reception. Meet the artists as they paint throughout the weekend. Open through Thursday, December 18. The Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or

JAZZY FRIDAY. Join us for an evening of • live jazz and popular music provided by the

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Mike Wallace Quartet. Admission is $10 per person. Food vendor, soda and water for sale. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or CRAFT AND BAKE SALE. 9 a.m. – 5 • p.m. Proceeds from the sale benefit the

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Sunday, November 9

HORSE TRIALS. Cabin Branch event • series. Casual attire encouraged and standard

safety equipment required. Combined Tests and Dressage Only Tests. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 8752074 or

••DOCUMENTARY SCREENING. 2:30 – 4 p.m. As part of the library’s “Explorations” series, The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds will be screened. The Grand Ballroom of Penick Village, 500 E. Rhode Island Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Monday, November 10

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Wednesday, November 12

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 • p.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun,

and then stay for playtime! Storytime is for infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Thursday, November 13

GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 p.m. Matt Hollyfield will demonstrate tablescapes for the holidays using items you already own in creative ways. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-6022.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. “The • Science of Thanksgiving.” This program will feature the science and information behind favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Grades K–5. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

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November 22, 4:30pm

November 22 - December 31

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Decorated Christmas trees light up downtown Broad Street for a festive ambience for the holiday season.

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November 23, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Enjoy holiday shopping and treats at the downtown retailers. Enter to win cash prizes up to $400

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December 31, 5:00 - 8:00pm Downtown Broad Street Family-friendly festival with the dropping of the Pine Cone at 8 p.m.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. 5 – 7 p.m. Featuring all new original artwork for the season by seven local and regional artists. Appetizers and wines courtesy of Elliotts on Linden. 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or

Friday, November 14

ANIMAL CLINIC OPEN HOUSE. 5 – 7 p.m. Come out and celebrate 40,000 surgeries since opening in 2008. Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic, 5071 U.S. 1, Vass. Info: (910) 691-1666 or BEACH FRIDAY. An evening of live jazz • and popular music provided by The Sand Band. Admission is $10 per person. Food vendor, along with soda and water for sale. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

Saturday, November 15

FALL CRAFT DAY. Get inspired by na• ture and the cooling weather to make beauti-

Duke Trained Dermatologist & Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Methodist University Erica Garner, LMBT Licensed Massage & Body Therapist Mia Piazza, LE Licensed Esthetician

ful crafts. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

MEET THE ARTIST. 10 a.m. Come meet • Jessie Mackay at Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or

NC SYMPHONY CONCERT. 8 p.m. As part of its 2014/15 Southern Pines/ Moore County Series, the North Carolina Symphony will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 6. Pinecrest High School Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info:



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Sunday, November 16

AFTERNOON MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. • Inspired by the story of Sleeping Beauty,

this movie tells the tale from the perspective of Maleficent, the evil fairy. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Monday, November 17

GUEST SPEAKER. 10 a.m. The Women of Weymouth are hosting Amy Jo Wood Pasquini, Marketing Development Director for Our State Magazine. She will speak about the history of the magazine, travel ideas and entertaining stories. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. CHAMBER MUSIC. 8 – 10 p.m. The • second concert in the 14-15 Classical Concert

Series, features violinist Caroline Goulding. Subscription for 4-concert series: $89/ACMC members; $105/nonmembers. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or

Tuesday, November 18

BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Parents and children will be engaged in early literary practices. Ages birth to 18 months. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or


MAGNOLIA WREATH WORKSHOP. • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Erin Weston of Weston Farms will conduct this workshop and cover the basics of Southern Magnolia wreath design. Each participant will leave with their own magnolia wreath. Cost: $80/members, $90/non-members. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens-Ball Visitors Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882 or

CITIZEN’S ACADEMY. 6 – 8 p.m. Attendees will get a behind the scenes look at operations of the library. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

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Wednesday, November 19

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 • p.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and

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WINE TASTING & FUNDRAISER. 6 – 8 p.m. Central Carolinas Association of the Phi Beta Kappa Society supports Moore County and Lee County with monetary awards to college bound high school seniors and awards to outstanding teachers selected by the students. Tickets: $25. Elliott’s on Linden, Pinehurst. Reservations required: (910) 215 4574.

Thursday, November 20

GUEST SPEAKER. 6 p.m. The Boys • & Girls Club of the Sandhills is hosting a

very special dinner. Our guest speaker will be Sharon Disher, author of First Class and one of the first women to graduate from the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Boys & Girls Club, 160 Memorial Park Court, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-0777.

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cycling and make gift-appropriate crafts from donated books. This program is for grades 6–12. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

PURPLE PARTY. Friend to Friend is • having its annual Purple Party to bring

awareness to dating violence. There will be live music featuring Byron Hill and other acclaimed songwriters. Social 165, 9735 U.S. 15, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-1703 or www.

Saturday, November 22

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tion of Woods and Dundee. The one-mile Fun Run will begin at Canon Park. Races range in length from a 1 mile fun run to a 1/2 marathon. FirstHealth Fitness Center, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: www. MEET THE ARTIST. 10 a.m. Come meet • Charlie Roberts at Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2550665 or

TRAIN SHOW. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The • Sandhills Central Model show will feature

fictional areas of Aberdeen as well as replicas of downtown. The Aberdeen Train Station. Info: (910) 295-7229. A FROZEN FAIRYTALE. 1 p.m and 6 • p.m. Carolina Performing Arts Center is pre-

senting “Frozen.” This Frozen Fairytale, told through dance, features all of your favorite characters from the popular story. Tickets: $15/adults; $10/children 10 and under. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-7898.

TREE LIGHTING. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Christmas Trees displayed along the streets and holiday cheer. Come out and enjoy beautiful Downtown Southern Pines and visit one of our restaurants. Southern Pines Train Station, 235 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6927376 or


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CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE. 2 p.m. The Moore County Concert Band

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Monday, November 24

SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Dr. Mark Stanback, Professor of Biology at Davidson College, will present, “Brown-headed Nuthatches in Suburban Environments: The Role of Nest Site Competition”, summarizing his studies of nest site competition between Brown-headed Nuthatches and Eastern Bluebirds living in suburban environments. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922167 or

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Friday, November 28 – November 30

THE NUTCRACKER. Friday/7:30 p.m.; Saturday&Sunday/2 p.m. Taylor Dance returns to the Sandhills with this family favorite. Admission: $27; $22/seniors, students, children; $22/military. Pinecrest High School, Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Road, Southern Pines. Tickets: (910) 692-2787 or (910) 695-1320. Info: www.

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Grant Llewellyn, conductor Nicholas Phan, tenor Rebekah Daley, horn Samuel Gold, viola David Marschall, viola Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

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One of the most inspiring works of music ever conceived, Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion, drama and faith — the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Don’t miss Handel’s exultant “Hallelujah Chorus” with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.


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benefit Sandhills Community College and other projects sponsored by Moore County ECA. Chapel Hall, The Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 315-3276.

Saturday, December 6

HOLIDAY PARADE. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Enjoy local marching bands, activities, fun

and more at the Holiday Parade held in Downtown Southern Pines. Be sure to check out the Jr. Flea Market prior to the parade at Downtown Park from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Info: 910-692-7376. LIVING MADONNAS. 7 p.m. • Community Congregational Church will be

presenting “Living Madonnas” in the sanctuary. Community Congressional Church, 141 N. Bennett St., Southern Pines. Admission is free. This is our church’s Christmas gift to the community. Info: (910) 690-9054.

Sunday, December 7

Episcopal Day School of Southern Pines will hold its 37th annual Candlelight Tour featuring five beautiful homes in the Southern Pines and Pinehurst area, each uniquely decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Advanced purchases may be made by calling The Episcopal Day School. Info: (910) 692-3492.

ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. Claire Lynch, a creative force in acoustic music, performs. Admission: $20/$25 at the door. Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www.

NC SYMPHONY. 7:30 p.m. As part of its 2014/15 Southern Pines/Moore County Series, the North Carolina Symphony will perform Handel’s Messiah. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info:

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Art Galleries ABOUT ART GALLERY inside The Market Place Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. ART NUTZ AND RAVEN POTTERY, 125 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Come see the potter at work. Features art, pottery from local potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 695-1555, Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Avenue., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 692-6077. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979.

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Broadhurst Gallery, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Louis St. Lewis, Lula Smith, Shawn Morin, Rachel Clearfield, Judy Cox and Jason Craighead. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m and special appointments. (910) 295-4817, The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910) 692-4356, The Downtown Gallery inside Cup of Flow, 115 NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Everchanging array of local and regional art, pottery and other handmade items. (910) 693-1999. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, Ya’ll,” works

of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28. Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. The Gallery at Seven Lakes at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. Wednesday-Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. Hastings Gallery in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are MondayThursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Diane Kraudelt, Linda Griffin, Jessie MacKay, Julie Messerschmidt, Charles Roberts, and artist/ owner, Jane Casnellie. Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665, www.

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Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 21 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artists. Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 255-0100, The Old Silk Route, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. All merchandise at the Exchange is handmade by consignors who live in the community. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch served 11.30 a.m – 2 p.m. (910) 295-4677. Seagrove Candle Company, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKY Art Gallery, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 944-9440, Studio 590 by the pond in Dowd Cabin, 590 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst. This historic log cabin is the working studio and gallery of artists Betty DiBartolomeo and Harry Neely. Fine oil paintings, commissions and instruction. (910) 639-9404. White Hill Gallery, 407 U.S. 15-501, Carthage, offers a variety of pottery. (910) 947-6100.

Nature Centers Sandhills Horticultural Gardens (32 acres of gardens). The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens are handicapped-accessible. Daylight hours year-round. (910) 695-3882. Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (898 acres). 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (910) 692-2167. VILLAGE ARBORETUM. 35 acres of land adjoining the Village Hall on Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. (910) 295-1900.

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Historical Sites Bethesda Church and Cemetery. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319.

555 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House. Open 1 – 4 p.m. TuesdayFriday. (910) 692-2051.

Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910) 692-2051 or (910) 673-0908.

Tufts Archives. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., MondayFriday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642.

Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331.

Union Station. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902.

House in the Horseshoe. Open year-round. Hours vary. 288 Alston House Road (10 miles north of Carthage), Sanford. (910) 947-2051. Malcolm Blue Farm and Museum. 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739.

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There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day . . . purely American. — O.Henry LITERARY EVENTS

November 3–7 (Monday–Friday) Writers Week 2014, UNCW. This annual gathering of writers, students and the general public includes workshops, author panels and readings. Info: November 7 (Friday, 7 p.m.) A Double Author Event! Pomegranate Books, Wilmington. New York’s John Searles, popular TV critic, will tout his latest spooky tale, Help for the Haunted. Wiley Cash, born and bred in North Carolina, will celebrate the release of his second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy. Info: November 9 (Sunday, 2 p.m.) Miracle Dog. The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, hosts Donna Smith Lawrence and her dog, co-signing their books, Susie’s Tale: Hand with Paw We Changed the Law and The Miracle of Susie: The Puppy that Changed the Law! After Lawrence rescued the beaten and burned Susie, N. C. legislators enacted tougher penalties for animal cruelty. Info: www. November 16 (Sunday, 2–4 p.m.) What All Writers Must Know About Marketing to Reach and Retain Readers, a free program presented by the Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime. High Point Public Library, 901 North Main Street, High Point. Info: November 30 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.). Ellen Fischer, popular Greensboro author of eighteen children’s books, will read from her two 2014 books, If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant and Latke, the Lucky Dog (a Hanukkah story), Barnes & Noble, Greensboro. Info:


Writing is a little like milking a cow: The milk is so rich and delicious and the cow’s so glad you did it. — Anne Lamott

Main Street Rag’s 2015 Poetry Book Award: includes publication for all finalists. Deadline January 31, 2015. Info: The Press 53 2015 Award for Short Fiction: includes publication of the winning short story collection plus $1,000 cash advance. Deadline: Decem-

ber 31, 2014. Info: Randall Jarrell 2015 Poetry Competition: enter between January 15 and March 1, 2015. Alan Michael Parker of Davidson, first two-time winner of the contest, won in 2013 and 2014. Info: Writers’ Workshop of Asheville. 24th Annual Memoirs Competition: postmark deadline November 30, 2014. Poetry Contest: deadline February 28, 2015. Info: Congratulations to Laura Herbst of Pittsboro, winner of first prizes in the 2014 Doris Betts Fiction contest and the 2014 Rose Post Nonfiction Competition. Recent book publications by North Carolina writers: The Universe Wept by Wayne Adams of Biscoe, The Tiger Whisperer by Belea Keeney of Apex, Play Music by Laura Lake White, originally from Greensboro, and Extinction by H. V. Purvis of Scotland County.


There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are. – W. Somerset Maugham

November is National Novel Writing Month ( This annual Internet-based project challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a novel during one month. That’s just over 1,500 words a day if you start now. If you’re searching for inspiration, consider the following: Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina. Indispensable tools for literary hopefuls, these books beautifully convey the history of writing in our state and provide priceless bios and writing samples of stellar writers. Within these covers, you will also find vivid descriptions plus directions to bookstores and libraries from the mountains to the shore. Georgann Eubanks, author of the series, advises, “North Carolina is full of stories. You don’t have to look hard, just pay attention. In writing Literary Trails, I met so many fascinating people. I hope the series will inspire the next generation of N.C. wordsmiths.” And do keep me updated on literary events at PS Greensboro writer Sandra Redding’s novel, Naomi Wise: A Cautionary Tale, is a riveting story about heartbreak and hope in a Quaker Community.

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Belle of Southern Pines A very sweet soul

By Geoff Cutler

Sometimes there are folks who pass

through life that I like to think of as sweet souls. They walk among us just as plain and easy to see as anyone you might pass on the sidewalk, or sit next to at a lunch counter. But these souls you don’t recognize at first, or in passing. They are not so easy to spot. They are not obvious, and you must spend a little time with them before you recognize that these people are different. They are not like you or me. They are not ordinary. They are made from a finer weave of cotton.

You’ll notice you might be in the company of one of these souls when you sense a rather unusual gentility. Sweet soul body language is not abrupt, frenetic, hurried or harried. They move about as if they’re running in a lower gear than the rest of us. They don’t speak loudly or in a rush. They don’t attempt to dominate conversation, begging to be heard. In fact, you might discover a sweet soul within a room full of people talking because they are the ones not talking at all, seemingly happy just to listen. But that doesn’t mean sweet souls are common. I don’t think they are. A person in a room full of others who isn’t talking could just be someone

who is shy. No, the sweet soul is the person in the room whom you engage, and soon discover that by engaging them, you’re in the company of someone who has the power to make you slow down, calm yourself and think. The thing about sweet souls is that you see traits in them that uncomfortably, you don’t see in yourself. And if your time with them is in any way extended, you find yourself wishing that you could somehow figure out how to acquire the traits of the sweet soul, and make them your own. It never works. You try, but once you’re on your own again, you go back to being the same old you. That’s how I know the sweet soul is special. They can keep their soul sweet no matter what. No, sweet souls aren’t common. I’ve been lucky to know a handful. One of them just died. Her name was Kerriann Hillgrove. Chances are you knew her, because she was as her obituary described, “a belle of Southern Pines.” But to me she was even more than that. She was a sweet soul. I never heard her say a mean word about anyone or anything. (I think that might be a pinnacle virtue of sweet souls.) I never saw her complain, get loud or angry. And did she not have reason to be furious? Could we say the same of ourselves were we in her shoes? Could we have Kerriann’s courage? To be as sick as she was for as long as she was, and still remain so sweet, smiley, kind, gentle and decent? People will argue about why someone like Kerriann would be taken from us so soon. That has its place. All I know is that when I was in her company, I was in the presence of a sweet soul. She made me stop, think, admire and wish to be a person more like her. PS Geoff can be reached at

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Trust Astrid, Time to Turn the Page November’s Forecast

By Astrid Stellanova Of all the star children, Scorpios may be the most private (make that downright secretive) public figures of all time. Scorpios include Johnny Carson, Kevin Kline and Bill Gates — see what I mean? Friendly on the face of things, but keep to the down low. Even all the November observations this month are in conflict. I mean, it’s National Pepper Month, but also National Sleep Comfort Month. Star Children, that’s November for you. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) At last, Honey! There’s definite harmony in your sign this month, when Venus and Mercury move through your sign. Your high ambitions and love life will hum along in synch, and you should have no complaints this birthday. With a full moon on the 6th, and a new moon on the 22nd, take advantage of this juncture and sell that old Dodge on Craigslist. Somebody will want whatever you are selling, as you possess big magic this month. If your life story was a perfume, it would be Opium — expensive and best in small doses. You’re a temptation, Sugar, and more than a little dangerous and addictive. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) Venus is in your sign, and you are about to have a lot to twist and shout about. Just saying, Child, this is a good way to close out the year, with the stars shining on you with high favor. Given all that, this is no time to abandon your looks, Darlin’, when opportunity comes knocking. Get a new haircut and change things up. Strut your stuff, and enjoy this month, ’cause there will be money jangling in your pockets, opportunity calling, and your phone ringing. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Something that went wrong a long time ago is about to get right. There’s an old grudge that someone has held against you, and even though you didn’t want to own it, the fickle finger of fate points directly at you. It may seem like small stuff, but you ate the last Charlie chip in the can, and they still ain’t forgot it. Well, there’s a transit in your 12th house this month from November 16 through December 10, and finally, Honey, you get everything straight that ever went wrong. You’re going to have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) Who licked the red off your candy, Child? You have not been your usual self, down in the dumps and ready to pour sugar in your ex-boyfriend’s gas tank. Listen here: You do not want to wind up on the next episode of Unsolved Mysteries. When Mercury enters your sign in December, you get a lot of assist from the universe, so cheer up and straighten up. But until then, hold on until November 27, when Venus changes signs. You’re gonna be alright; trust Astrid. Pisces (February 19–March 20) The full moon arrives and it is going to pack a wallop. This is like getting a life upgrade package to First Class, and don’t second-guess it, just say “thank you!” Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, Honey! It’s going to be powerful and cause you to rethink your life path, and all for the better, if you keep an attitude of gratitude. If Astrid didn’t know better, and I don’t, I’d say you are about to launch one of the best times of your life — so chew on that a little! Aries (March 21–April 19) Don’t make a leaky faucet a national disaster. Drama ain’t working for you this month. You’re just tired, my little old Ram, and no wonder. It ain’t like you have to reinvent the world every 30 days, but that’s what you try to do. This month, that old restlessness drops away and gives you some much-needed peace and quiet. You don’t much like peace, but you need it. Listen, fire sign: About the only change you need to make this month is your underwear. Chill, and that’s an order from Astrid.

Taurus (April 20–May 20) You’re a strange hybrid, like the love child of Gypsy Rose Lee and Bullwinkle. One half of you is all smooth sex appeal and talent, and the other half blunders and ricochets from one misstep to the next. That’s also your complicated charm. So, when Mercury heads into Scorpio, you get a break from walking into mud holes, and get serious action concerning love, house, and money. You’re in control — and your Bullwinkle side backs off. Let Gypsy take over and dance! Gemini (May 21–June 20) Your sign is in transit from November 8–27. It will bring the easy passage you got back in September; a nice start-up to the holiday season. Let your mind wander back to long ago, and you will remember something you buried that needs to finally get dealt with. If you do, your inner peace might just get restored. Don’t spend too much time on QVC; but DO seize opportunities that don’t involve credit cards. Or timeshares! Or burping Tupperware! Cancer (June 21–July 22) In the lottery of life, this month is a whamdoodle. It hasn’t been the easiest year for you, Darlin’, but you get a karmic break this month. It’s a good time for partnerships — business and romantic — and people are drawn to you and your ideas. Use this month’s strong woo-woo power for good — you’ve got social capital and you might as well spend it. That handsome stranger at the door ain’t an I.R.S. agent, either — he’s got love potential. Leo (July 23–August 22) You are like the hairdresser who doesn’t check the foils when she’s doing a bleach job — you rely way too much on instinct and don’t like abiding by the rules of nature. Honey, that just wreaks havoc. A full moon on the 6th will bring a powerful illumination for your work projects. Take this time to gauge yourself and your energies. Cutting corners ain’t helping you get more done. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Last month was a lulu, and you are glad to turn the page in your calendar. Between the 6th and the 22nd, the moon not only sheds new light on what has been a dark path, but Sweet Thing, you finally notice it! You are about to enjoy some good opportunities, especially if you are in publishing or an educator. When you hit the 22nd, you will have some nice travel options, so keep your Samsonite packed and your pantyhose washed. Libra (September 23–October 22) If you liked September, you get a re-do. This is going to be a fun and favorable time, with Venus moving through Sagittarius. It will be something like an astral party bus streaking right through your sign. You’re usually waaaaay too serious, and it’s time for you to bust out some Libra fun. You’ve had more home projects than you probably wanted — your Lowe’s card is almost tapped out — but the home front is looking good. Now invite the neighbors over and get a keg. Show off all them hard efforts! PS For years, Astrid Stellanova owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon in the boondocks of North Carolina until arthritic fingers and her popular astrological readings provoked a new career path.

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Holiday Gone to the Dogs

By Stephen E. Smith

Jasper has some-

thing wrong with her paw. She’s limping — or pretending to limp. Is there anything more pathetic than an injured chocolate Lab?

“Ah, poor Jasper,” my daughter-in-law whines as the dog extends her wounded appendage, her liquid brown eyes pleading for sympathy. “She’s such a good girl. Yes, she is a good girl. Aren’t you a good girl, Jasper? Does your paw hurt? Such a good girl. Yes she is . . . .” It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and we all agree Jasper needs to see the vet, who, if I’m lucky, will keep her for observation until I’m safely out of town. At the vet’s office, Jasper’s butt is shaking like a belly dancer’s navel, her thick brown tail flailing the air. The waiting room is full up with two tabby cats in one carrier, a badly wrinkled bulldog, a puny, snarling Chihuahua, a caged hamster that bears a sickly resemblance to Mitch McConnell, and a snake wrapped in a beach towel that reads: “If you love something set it free . . . ” “Can I pet the doggy?” a little towheaded girl asks as we stand at the reception desk giving the vet tech the information concerning Jasper’s supposed injury. “She’s nervous around strangers,” my son explains to the girl, “but if you’re sweet, you can pet her.” As soon as the girl touches Jasper’s head, she urinates — I’m talking about Jasper now — on the office floor. Then she sits in the puddle, stands up and wags her soaked tail back and forth in a 180-degree arch, flinging the contents thereof over pets and humans alike and scattering the waiting room’s inhabitants in every direction. “I can’t find a thing wrong with her paw,” the vet says. “It’s probably just bruised. I’d keep her quiet for the weekend.” Yeah, good luck with that. The bill: $45. On Thanksgiving afternoon we drive to my sister’s house for dinner. She has two hyperkinetic Jack Russells, Ralphie and Needles, who hurl their chunky little bodies like wrecking balls against the storm door when we knock. Then they backflip and turn loop-the-loops like a couple of fat gnats gone bananas. “Get down! Get down!” my sister yells. “Get in your doggy beds! Get


down! Get down!” She eases open the door, interposing her foot between Ralphie and Needles in an attempt to keep them from attacking Jasper. “Ralphie, Needles, get back or I’ll put you in your cage!” They pay no attention, so my sister grabs the squirming terriers by their collars and drags them choking into a doggy slammer she’s set up in the middle of the living room. Jasper isn’t the least intimidated. She’s four times the size of these silly Jack Russells, and she uses this opportunity to mark new territory. “I’ll clean it up,” my son yells above the yapping. “Don’t worry about it,” my sister says. “You can’t hurt anything around here.” She’s right about that. My cousin Laura, her husband and their two party cockers, Hobo and Floppy Girl, let themselves in. Without warning, Floppy Girl tears into Jasper, locking her jaws onto one of Jasper’s flaccid ears. Hobo attacks Jasper’s front right leg. “Get back! Get back!” my cousin screams at the party cockers. “Be good girls! Remember your manners!” She pries Floppy Girl’s jaws from Jasper’s ear. There’s blood all over my sister’s carpet. Safely in the living room, the Jack Russells snarling and barking in their cage, Jasper limping and whining, her tail between her legs, and Hobo and Floppy Girl restricted to the kitchen by a baby barrier, my sister prattles on and on in what seems one endless sentence: “Now Needles loves other dogs but Ralphie is the jealous type he was chasing a squirrel when he blew out his leg joint last summer that cost $2,500 and Needles loves to play with her tennis ball here Needles here’s your tennis ball watch this I’ll let you out if you play nice with Jasper and Floppy Girl and Hobo they’re company so you have to act like nice dogs or you’ll have to stay in the cage for the rest of the day while everyone else is having fun and eating turkey is that what you want to stay in your cage all day while the good doggies are eating Thanksgiving dinner and having a good time and this includes Hobo and Floppy Girl and Jasper, and poor Ralphie and Needles are locked in their cage and can’t get out to play with Jasper and Hobo and Floppy Girl are having fun is that what you want that doesn’t sound like fun to me . . . .” The cacophony subsides as we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, the dogs a tangle of curs as they wait expectantly to snatch any morsel that might fall from the table. I offer the blessing: “Lord, help me stomach all I can.” PS If Stephen E. Smith’s sister, cousin and other relatives see this story, he’s planning on eating crow for Thanksgiving dinner.

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