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Be kind in 2022

I bet you all are just as glad as I am that 2021 is behind us! Another year over and a new one begun. Let’s hope it’s a good one without any __________ (you fill in the blank). I think 2021 revealed and substantiated some serious problem areas with society, the state of our world, and even democracy. It is […]

Deviled eggs

Sean of the South

First off, I’d like to thank Miss Karen for telling me this story. Karen, you know who you are. Our story starts with a young man. This young man had a large snake tattoo on his neck, slithering upward onto his shaved scalp. The frightful tattoo was one of many. On his forearms, for example, were even more disturbing tats. […]

Recipe Corner

Serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, chips, etc. -Jenna Wood Chicken Tortilla Soup 4 cups chicken stock1 rotisserie chicken, shredded1 (19 oz.) can red enchilada sauce1 (14 oz.) can fire roasted dicedtomatoes1 (14 oz.) can sweet corn, drained Place all ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. You […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 20, 1949

New library dedicated Sunday afternoonby Wilma Mitchell The new library opened its doors to the public Sunday afternoon with an impressive dedication service. Mrs. Wittmeier presented M.E. Wilson, president of Council of Clubs, who acted as master of ceremonies. He spoke briefly of the long and urgent need of a library in Oneonta and expressed the gratitude of the various […]

Between the Lines

There seems to be a “day of recognition” for almost every profession, calling, or interest out there. One day in February we’ll even celebrate “National Tortilla Chip Day.” I love that we are able to say thank you to, and show appreciation to, folks from all kinds of backgrounds and celebrate our favorite foods and hobbies. It’s fun… and we […]

It’s gonna be okay

Sean of the South

Remember when you were little? Remember how whenever you were sick your mother made chicken soup? Remember what culinary pageantry this was? Your mother would go to great lengths to boil poultry in a giant stockpot, filling the kitchen with steam so that the wallpaper started to peel. And she did this for you. And even though you were as […]

Recipe Corner

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce 4 boneless pork chops2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oilsalt and pepper6 Tbsp. butter2 lbs. Crimini mushrooms,tough ends removed, cut in half3 garlic cloves, minced1 cup dry white wine1 cup heavy cream1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, minced Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel and salt and pepper them generously. In a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 12, 1939

Household questions Correct table height: For a person below or above average stature, the following test will determine the best height for a kitchen table. When a worker, standing erect, can place the palms of her hands on the table without stooping, the height of the table is correct. Use for leftovers: Leftover pieces of soap may be made into […]


What a ride this year has been… and it’s only Jan. 5. Show of hands: how many of us have already bailed on at least one of our New Year’s resolutions? Have you seen the meme that says, “2022 can also be pronounced 2020, too?” In spite of that, I have to admit, I began 2022 with a bit more […]

What to read this month

A fantastic read for New Year’s resolutions, Messy Minimalism by Rachelle Crawford provides a workable way to declutter your life without the pressure of perfection. With practical strategies targeted at making your life easier, not harder, soon you’ll have more time for everything else on your to do list! Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins will have you on the edge […]

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