Fresh is sometimes not much fun

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We have greens in the garden all year, but we are just getting into the season when there is always something new demanding to be eaten. A vegetable garden is wonderful and I love being able to go out and pick dinner, but it is challenging as...

Encyclopedias — dust collectors or old friends

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy On the top shelf of the bookcase, there is a set of Compton’s Encyclopedia (1972 edition; updated from the one I grew up with). The books’ mustard colored spines make a mural, so a volume is seldom returned out of place. That was important when...

Development leads to raccoon wars

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Since we live east of Wake Forest where they are cutting down all the trees to stuff in new houses, we have one of the few remaining patches of woods, along with lots of shrubbery and brush and even a pond, though it is more of a large mud puddle...

Always a frost in April

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Everybody who has lived here for a long time knows it. Everybody who moves here gets told about it. But still, when the weather turns sunny and balmy in March, we all ignore it. Even Mother Nature turns into a gambler. The rule is not to put...

Feeling like Humpty Dumpty

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel like Humpty Dumpty. I was sitting up on my wall, kicking my feet and enjoying the sunshine, when suddenly I fell off. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men (also known as doctors, nurses and other medical personnel) are working...

Missing Forest Theater

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy When I saw Scott Mason’s recent Tarheel Traveler piece about the Earl Theater in Mt. Airy, I was catapulted back in time to the l940s and ’50s when the Forest Theater in Wake Forest was a very important part of growing up here. When Mason showed...

Savor the spring

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Memory is a wonderful thing. It’s so nice to remember names and birthdays and appointments, and it’s nice to remember happy times. I guess in a way, it’s even nice to remember mistakes, so maybe you won’t make the same ones again. It’s nice to...

Beware the Ides of March

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Beware the Ides of March! That’s a familiar phrase, but the election calendar this year gives it new meaning. Historically the 15th of March is notorious for quite a few reasons, from the abdication of Czar Nicholas of Russia, to cyclones and...

Vegetables with personality

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy When I picked up the March issue of National Geographic magazine, I was delighted to see some of my favorite vegetables on the cover. There are boy and girl carrots and one family group, all of which, I know from experience, result from failure to...

Happy room, fond memories

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We have added another happy occasion to our roomful of family memories. The room has been hosting joyous celebrations for well over 50 years. On a hot August day in l959, we lined up in the living room of my family’s home for the obligatory...

Is there really such a thing as minor surgery?

I recently read that the only minor surgery is surgery done on somebody else. Yep, that sounds right. Except for hair and fingernails, bodies do not like to give up bits and pieces of themselves and they tend to inflict a bit of pain and suffering when disturbed. Not necessarily...

Super Bowl — to watch or not to watch

To watch or not to watch — that is the question for non- football fans when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around. If we happen to get invited to a Super Bowl party, we go, enjoy the company and the food and fake an interest in the game. But we don’t really move in Super Bowl party...