When we were growing up, to call something an “Old Wives’ Tale” meant that the idea was at best untrue and at worst superstitious nonsense that cast doubt on the speaker’s ability to navigate the modern world.
About Gordon and Marcia Mercer
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Entries by Gordon and Marcia Mercer
Daylight Saving Time has its share of critics, but many of us love the extra evening daylight. DST starts this weekend.
The holidays have come and gone in the Cary area. New Year’s Day has come and gone. Even the fiscal cliff has come and gone, for the moment anyway. “January is not festive,” Marcia complained. Gordon, sympathetically, agreed. We couldn’t have been more wrong.
Elvis Presley was very popular in the Cary and Raleigh area, where he performed six times between 1955 and 1956, as his musical career began.
If you want to understand the present, it’s good to know the past. Gordon and Marcia Mercer, CaryCitizen’s team on all things historical, tackle the origins of Halloween.
The cookbook has a copyright date of 1898 and bears witness to overuse. There are side notes. There are recipes tucked between its pages which were cut out from other publications and pasted on cards. There are recipes copied in careful handwriting on sheets the publisher left blank for that purpose. There are recipes from friends, typed on old typewriters with keys that stick. The old type print still looks crisp and dignified.
“I repeat my orders to you that you arrest all people male and female connected with those factories, no matter what the clamor and let them foot it, under guard to Marietta, whence I will send them by [railroad] cars to the North.” William Sherman, Major-General
Several Southeastern tribes have long said that their ancestors received immigrants from Mesoamerica and that these immigrants introduced many cultural changes. Far too few anthropologists were listening.
“We’ll be using lots of fine character actors. It’s sort of easy to get too much of me.”
Story by Gordon Mercer, professor emeritus at Western Carolina University and Marcia Gaines Mercer, published author and columnist. “Pocahontas is one of those historical characters who comes across to us eternally embalmed in some legend rather than a person in her own right and in her own humanity.” – Noel B. Gerson