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I am up earlier than usual this morning coffee in hand. The dawn of a new day is barely breaking yet the city traffic is moving. As I settled down on a garden bench breathing in the cool air my presence disturbs the ground squirrels morning routine they scurry away. The sky is beginning to l…

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The new year is sobering after enjoying a gluttonous holiday season. The January winter brings boredom and some irregular weather patterns. When the seasons change, I always feel like my appetite does too. Suddenly, I want warm, filling foods. I crave carbs, cheese, and heavy meals. Maybe th…

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Last week I introduced you to the Knox Historical Museum’s 2021 calendar.  I asked some questions about the information that appeared on the calendar.  The first one had to do with General U.S. Grant and his visit to Barbourville.  General Grant visited Barbourville on January 6, 1864. This …

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I have always enjoyed the story about the man who watched his wife prepare a ham for Sunday dinner. As she got it ready to go into the oven, he was struck by the fact that she cut about three inches off each end of it.

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Ginger is a bold, aromatic flowering plant that originally came from Southeast Asia.  It’s one of the healthiest spices on earth. The root part of the plant is commonly used as a spice. It’s called ginger root or just ginger. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered(ground), or as an oil or…

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This past December until Old Christmas on January 6th , I wrote a series of articles based on interviews with people who lived and grew up in Knox County during the 1930’s  through the 1960’s.  These interviews focused on Christmas customs and traditions held by our Barbourville residents.  …

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You may recall the story about the old fellow who had a routine of walking around the Social Security office, picking up every piece of paper he found. He’d examine the paper closely and say, “No, that’s not it.” He’d then throw it back down.

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How many of those newly made resolutions have already been broken? Most think, "New year, new me" and with that mentality comes the desires to be healthier and fit. Gyms are running specials on memberships, low calorie food options readily available, and stores are selling out athletic gear.…

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Artificial food coloring dyes have been around since 1856. They were originally made from coal tar, but today’s food dyes are made from petroleum. Not exactly a step in the right direction, at least in my opinion. Artificial food dyes are responsible for the bright colors we see in candy, so…

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Winter brings a tranquility that no other season knows.