The Funeral by Helen Chappell
Dreedle’s isn’t that big, and we knew their parking space was limited, so we got here early enough to get a good spot next to the handicapped sign. Doll has COPD from all those years of smoking Kools, but she won’t give in and get some of those wheelchair hang tags because then her daughter can say I told you so. Hollis says I told you so a lot. So does Danton. Like most funeral homes, Dreedle’s is just a little shabby. The curtains are a bit dusty, the carpet a little worn, the chairs a little scratched and dented. Read More . . .
The Elf Classic by Dick Cooper
The very name of the Elf Classic Yacht Race says as much about the tone and tenor of the competition as it does the nature of its participants. The words “classic” and “yacht” are much more descriptive of the event than the word “race.” Unlike the more common round-the-buoy or distance sailboat races, the captains do not jockey their hydro-dynamically designed vessels with bullet-proof sails into just the right spot to catch the perfect zephyr that will propel them hell-bent for the starting line. The Elf, after all, is the dowager countess of American sailboats with an impeccable pedigree. Read More...
Barefoot in the Lobby: Confessions of a Hollywood Insider by Cliff Rhys James
“Why?” Liza probed. Her knuckles were white from gripping the phone too tightly. “Why does it have to be done that way?”
“Because I heard they did it for a star on a past movie shoot, and if they did it for her, they can do it for me.” The actress’s voice on the other end of the line bristled with defiance. “It’s my turn now and that’s the way I want it ~ period, end of discussion.” Click. The phone went dead. Liza walked into the producer’s office and let loose a sigh of exasperation. The producer glanced up from his desk. “Uh oh, I’ve come to know that look on your face,” he said. “So tell me, what’s she want this time?” Read More…
Summer’s Best by Pamela Meredith Doyle
Summer is the time to keep things simple in the kitchen, highlighting the fresh flavors of seasonal ingredients and capturing the sweetness of summer with ripe fruits and vegetables. When you are having an outdoor gathering, there’s nothing better than pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken, and bacon cheeseburgers, along with wonderful grilled vegetables. It is important to keep things low prep, quick and easy so you can enjoy the outdoor festivities. These simple recipes will have you savoring the very best that summer has to offer. Read More…
Sot-Weed by Gary Crawford
The word “sot” is very ancient. It comes to us from Old French, where it meant a fool. It migrated across the channel into Old English, then into Middle English, where it referred to a habitual drunkard. This connection with intoxication led to a new word, “besotted,” meaning someone completed stupefied with drink. The phrase “drunken sot” is still heard occasionally, though more often in Britain than America. Today, however, and more happily, besotted usually is used to describe someone head over heels in love: “He was besotted with his lovely new neighbor.” Read More…
The Magnificent Gift of Nettie Marie by Pat Bryan
As Hog Neck Golf Course celebrates its 40th year, we take a look back at how it came to be. Here is a reprint of a story written for Tidewater Times by Pat Bryan in July 1981.
Choosing its name is only part of a story that began in 1972 with two leading characters ~ Nettie Marie Jones (Mrs. W. Alton Jones), the great and generous donor of many gifts to Talbot County, and Bill Corkran, the town engineer of Easton at that time. “When we were building the YMCA we got to be real friends,” he recalls. “She loved building and one day when we were putting little room models together she turned to me and said ‘Do you play golf?’ ‘No.’ ‘Why don’t you?’ Read More…
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