Pat Shingleton Column

Today

Pat Shingleton: Chester Did It!

Pat Shingleton: Chester Did It!

Posted 1:18 PM 12/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Friday's column identified the difficulties of Chester Greenwood and his ears. His doctor determined that he and his ears were allergic to wool and very sensitive to cold weather. With some assistance from his grandmother, George solved the problem by looping two pieces of wire with fur sewn to (More)

Yesterday

Pat Shingleton: An Ear-Lee Warning

Pat Shingleton: An Ear-Lee Warning

Posted 6:55 AM 12/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

During episodes of cold weather, Chester Greenwood was cursed with throbbing, aching ears. They would change color when the temperature dipped below freezing. His ears would first turn pale white, then vivid red and finally blue. As noted in previous column, Chester had no trouble doing chores (More)

12/18/2014

Pat Shingleton: Lift Off

Pat Shingleton: Lift Off

Posted 1:49 PM 12/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton

We continue our column from Wednesday with Wilbur and Orville Wright's designation of Kitty Hawk for their first flight. On September 15, 1903, a Category 2 hurricane hit the Outer Banks with 72 mph winds. When the Wrights arrived at their camp at nearby Kill Devil Hills, ten days later, the shed (More)

12/17/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Lift Off..."

Pat Shingleton:  "Lift Off..."

Posted 3:57 PM 12/16/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In 1899, Orville and Wilbur Wright never heard of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Requesting wind velocities in the Chicago area from the United States Weather Bureau, Professor Willis Moore forwarded copies of "Monthly Weather Review," containing average wind speeds from across the country. One (More)

12/16/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Gloves or Mittens"

Pat Shingleton: "Gloves or Mittens"

Posted 3:56 PM 12/15/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Gloves were in use for November and a couple of days in December. Mittens are more effective for hand warming. Exposed body parts such as ears, nose, toes and fingers are vulnerable. Hunters, fishing enthusiasts and golfers may experience "chilbains," caused by prolonged exposure to cold, damp (More)

12/15/2014

Pat Shingleton: Tee-Pee Talk Two

Pat Shingleton: Tee-Pee Talk Two

Posted 4:37 PM 12/14/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Saturday's column described "winter count," where Native Americans chronicled the winter season. During harsh winters, tribes hibernated and sketched images of battles, deaths of leaders and extreme climate conditions. In 1686, John K. Bear noted "ice all over the land." In 1711 Batiste Good (More)

12/13/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed"

Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed"

Posted 8:37 AM 12/12/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In our younger years, a heavy snowfall sent us outdoors. Neighborhood pine trees offered a traditional winter prank. I would encourage my brother Kevin to stand under the snow laden branches. I would then vigorously shake the branches, unloading 20 pounds on his head. Another "big snow" treat was (More)

True View