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Pat Shingleton: "Rubbed the Wrong Way"

Pat Shingleton: "Rubbed the Wrong Way"

Posted 4:01 PM 10/31/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Some believe weather changes create additional cold and allergy symptoms. Our grandfather professed this and on his nightstand would place a bowl of apples, onions, and garlic, laced with whiskey, when he experienced chest congestion. As noted in a previous column, mom would send us to school (More)

10/30/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Super Sandy and The Perfect Storm"

Pat Shingleton: "Super Sandy and The Perfect Storm"

Posted 3:55 PM 10/29/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On this date in 2012, New Jersey residents were experiencing the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. In 1991, another storm, referred to as the Halloween Storm, lashed the North Carolina coast for five days. Hurricane-force winds pounded New England and New Jersey causing the highest tides on the (More)

10/29/2014

Pat Shingleton: "No Water... No Lawns..."

Pat Shingleton: "No Water... No Lawns..."

Posted 3:52 PM 10/28/2014 by Pat Shingleton

California's drought is not a temporary obstacle but a long term consequence. The region has endured decades-long periods of drought, something the state is likely to endure in years to come. Researchers have constructed simulations to determine how California can handle an extensive (More)

10/28/2014

Pat Shingleton: "From '26 to '15?"

Pat Shingleton: "From '26 to '15?"

Posted 4:01 PM 10/27/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Tropical Storm Hanna is hugging the Nicaraguan/Honduras border as the eighth storm of the season. Meanwhile, Florida has gone 3,270 days without a hurricane. The last time this streak occurred was between 1980 and1984. The strongest storm on record that hit Miami was "The 1926 Hurricane." Experts (More)

10/27/2014

Pat Shingleton: Are you Familiar with These?

Pat Shingleton: Are you Familiar with These?

Posted 2:01 PM 10/26/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Saturday's column noted the origin of the term "threshold." The origin of this food stuff recognizes a slab of bacon as a sign of a wealthy man who "could really bring home the bacon." As noted in a previous column, sharing the bacon led to guests - "chewing the fat." The wealthy had plates of (More)

10/26/2014

Pat Shingleton: Dirty Babies, Wet Floors

Pat Shingleton: Dirty Babies, Wet Floors

Posted 1:35 PM 10/26/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Our daily bath or shower is routine but not the case years ago when the "man of the house" enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath. As noted in a previous column, Dad's "scrub-up" was followed by the other sons, then the women and finally the babies. The dirty water posed a threat of (More)

10/25/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Cider, With a Punch!"

Pat Shingleton: "Cider, With a Punch!"

Posted 10:33 AM 10/24/2014 by Pat Shingleton

A hoedown is a dance or traditional fiddle tunes. Octobers in high school included the Varsity "R" Hoedown, a fundraiser for the athletic teams that included food, music and cider drinking competitions. One contestant spilled a mug of cider. As my brother Mike cleaned the mess, Bobo Tincani (More)

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