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Pat Shingleton: "The Salt of the Earth..."

Pat Shingleton: "The Salt of the Earth..."

Posted 2:54 PM 4/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Salt farming is dependent upon the weather and for French artisan farmers it's a labor of love. As noted in a previous column, the wind and the sun's heat create a high tide in Guerande, France; an area of marshy meadows, known as the "Cote Sauvage." Europeans have harvested salt from the earth (More)

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Pat Shingleton: "Vegetable gardening"

Pat Shingleton: "Vegetable gardening"

Posted 8:41 PM 4/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Years ago, vegetable gardening wasn't a hobby it was an assignment. As noted in a previous column, fruits and vegetables planted and harvested were consumed during the cold months. Today, the task is a hobby enjoyed by my brother Kevin. He cranks-up his "roto-tiller" to prepare the garden and if (More)

4/21/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Fill a prescription for the needy"

Pat Shingleton: "Fill a prescription for the needy"

Posted 2:09 PM 4/20/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Seventeen years ago Dr. Redfield Bryan and Father Mike Moroney asked me to construct a campaign to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy. For the last 40 days and since 1999, "Fill a Prescription for the Needy" has raised nearly $980,000 in contributions from our community to provide life (More)

4/20/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Egg Coloring Tradition"

Pat Shingleton: "Egg Coloring Tradition"

Posted 5:08 PM 4/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches originated the Easter tradition of coloring hardboiled eggs. This tradition represents eggs that are dyed red to represent the Blood of Christ, shed on the Cross and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ. The cracking of the hard egg (More)

4/19/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Coloring Raw Eggs..."

Pat Shingleton: "Coloring Raw Eggs..."

Posted 3:48 PM 4/18/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Easter egg hunts in the northeast often include a few snow drifts. Our brother, Mike, resides in Rye Beach N.H., loves Easter egg hunts and is a whacky guy. As kids, he'd hoard his Halloween candy inside a heat duct never learning that the coal furnace melted his stash as soon as he stored it. He (More)

4/17/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Titanic Wierdness..."

Pat Shingleton: "Titanic Wierdness..."

Posted 4:03 PM 4/16/2014 by Pat Shingleton

"Pat Shingleton's Weather News" is just that, a gathering of items from sources such as The Almanac of the Infamous, Incredible and Ignored. On April 14, 1912, before the Titanic hit an iceberg, Rev. Charles Morgan fell into a fitful sleep filled with frantic voices and crashing waves. (More)...

4/16/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Wind Swept Smelly Sauce"

Pat Shingleton: "Wind Swept Smelly Sauce"

Posted 8:43 PM 4/15/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Our traditional northwest winds that accompany a frontal passage send "whiffs" to us that are either pleasant or offensive. The paper mills in the Felicianas eject a smell that reminds me of the Heinz plants in Pittsburgh. Flowers Baking Company on Florida Blvd. sends an aroma that reminds me of (More)

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