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Pat Shingleton: Tracking

Pat Shingleton: Tracking

Posted 3:04 PM 11/27/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Snow blanketed the northeast for the weekend, reminding me of another snow related directive. Weathercasters track storms, hunters track game and civil servants are diligent to keep us on track. After a heavy rain or snow event our mom, Grandma Shirley, would insist we use the "side door" of the (More)

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Pat Shingleton: "Before the First Thanksgiving..."

Pat Shingleton: "Before the First Thanksgiving..."

Posted 2:47 PM 11/26/2014 by Pat Shingleton

William Bradford was not only the Governor of Plymouth Plantation but also a historian. He chronicled the difficulties of the Pilgrim's crossing. The decision to land on the shores of Massachusetts was dictated by weather. The small, 180-ton ship, The Mayflower, sailed near the southeastern tip (More)

11/26/2014

Pat Shingleton: "A Rough Start..."

Pat Shingleton: "A Rough Start..."

Posted 3:50 PM 11/25/2014 by Pat Shingleton

As noted in a previous column, the crossing for the Pilgrims was difficult. The winter of 1620 was "a calm winter, such as was never seen here" wrote Thomas Dudley of Massachusetts Bay. Details as to subsequent winters at Plymouth are sketchy. Journals that were returned to England may have been (More)

11/25/2014

Pat Shingleton "Table Talk"

Pat Shingleton "Table Talk"

Posted 4:05 PM 11/24/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Looking back 37 years found me at my girlfriend's home for Thanksgiving. Her "Muth-aa" informed me that I incorrectly pronounced Houston -"eweston" and humid - "u-mid." Conversation at Mom's Thanksgiving table requires an interpreter. "You have something comin' up," means an item on your schedule (More)

11/24/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Harvesting the Pumpkin Patch..."

Pat Shingleton: "Harvesting the Pumpkin Patch..."

Posted 2:30 PM 11/23/2014 by Pat Shingleton

It originated as a day to give thanks for the harvest, to embrace relationships between family and friends and an invitation to neighbors. As noted in a previous column, original traditions included the wild turkey and the pumpkin pie. Long before the arrival of pilgrims, pumpkins were used as a (More)

11/23/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Home From College..."

Pat Shingleton: "Home From College..."

Posted 2:23 PM 11/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Turkey and weather compliment Thanksgiving. Back in the old college days we would load as many guys into a car as possible for the trek home. At Gannon University, Marty DeRose was the wheel man, transporting fraternity brothers to Meadville, Ellwood City and Beaver Falls, PA. We left Erie on (More)

11/22/2014

Pat Shingleton: "A Weatherman-Snow Stuck"

Pat Shingleton: "A Weatherman-Snow Stuck"

Posted 3:54 PM 11/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

From 1979 through 1981, I commuted to Pittsburgh from Baton Rouge every week. I "returned home" to showcase the weather on WPXI, the NBC affiliate. My wife Mabyn, remained at "home," here in Baton Rouge. On one Monday morning I landed in Pittsburgh with snow falling at a rapid rate. By the time I (More)

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