COLUMN: The ‘Mrs’ behind the memories

I’m a sentimental soul this time of year. Holiday memories transport me to epic places from my life and surround me with memories of all the people I have loved. By Carla Barnes The architects of many of these memories happen to be the women in my family, neighborhood, church and long-time family friends who never seem to have a shortage of magic this time … Continue reading COLUMN: The ‘Mrs’ behind the memories

COLUMN: Golden Days of Autumn all too short

Autumn was my mother’s favorite season. She saw the beauty in the mellow light and the changing leaves. She loved the golden days with clear blue skies and the cooler nights. She liked the way the pace quickened after the long, slow days of summer. By Rebecca Johnston Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, we lived in a world without air conditioning. I know that seems … Continue reading COLUMN: Golden Days of Autumn all too short

Summertime brings sweet memories

As we get older, the summertimes of our lives fly by all too quickly, both literally and figuratively. As a child, summer seemed to stretch out before me forever, filled with slow lazy days of playing outdoors, swimming at the Canton pool, eating popsicles and catching lightning bugs in the early evening dusk. By Rebecca Johnston As the song says, summertime and the living is … Continue reading Summertime brings sweet memories

Column: A MacGuffin with a side of chips

Sadly I am quite unapologetic about my book addiction. The piles of read and unread books that line the wall beside the bed are a testament to my devotion to the favorites and to the discovery of new ones. Some make their way up to the small library upstairs, but others sit at the ready on the floor to the dismay of my husband, Doug, … Continue reading Column: A MacGuffin with a side of chips

FROM THE EDITOR: Mothers and roses forever entwined

Nothing is as sweet as picking a rose from the garden and breathing in its scent. But as beautiful as roses are, I have always had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with the flower. It is no accident of nature that the loveliest of flowers has thorns, and to pick one can sometimes draw blood. By Rebecca Johnston The war of roses has come to mean … Continue reading FROM THE EDITOR: Mothers and roses forever entwined

COLUMN: Easter Chicks and Family Ties

By  Rebecca Johnston Live baby chicks were all the rage for Easter when I was growing up in Canton. So much so, that one year several classes at Canton Elementary were given the fluffy yellow peeps to take home along with their assignments. What parents thought when their youngsters showed up with a baby chicken to feed and house can only be imagined. Fambro’s, a local … Continue reading COLUMN: Easter Chicks and Family Ties