• Lifestyle

    Vintage New Year’s Radio Shows

    During this festive time of year, I enjoy listening to holiday episodes of some of my favorite old-time radio shows, particularly the comedies. It's fun to imagine how Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's might have been celebrated 50 or 75 years ago in America.

  • children in front of Christmas tree 1971

    Christmas 1971

    We'll be celebrating Christmas in Arkansas this year, in the house my grandparents were in the process of building 50 years ago. Christmas that year was one of best ones I remember. I was 6 years old.

  • Lifestyle

    Cold Brew in a Mason Jar

    When I was growing up much of our food came out of Mason jars. I don't do much canning these days, but I've been whipping up a quart of cold brew coffee concentrate in a Mason jar about every other day this summer. It is SO easy and SO yummy and WAY cheaper than a coffee shop.

  • Heritage

    Home Remedies I Remember

    When I was growing up we didn’t go to the doctor much. We didn’t have health insurance, nor much money, so my parents and grandparents usually tried to treat minor illnesses and injuries with home remedies first. Sometimes they worked. Sometimes they didn’t. My family was into healthy food and holistic treatments way before it was trendy. We ate lots…

  • Heritage

    An Ozark Farm

    In the very early years of my life, before I can remember, my Granddaddy traded 10 head of cattle and $1000 for 12 acres of land. (That left him with 3 head of cattle, 2 horses, and probably $0.) This wonderful real estate bargain was on a dirt road 6 miles from the nearest highway. It was on a mountainside…