Author Archives: southernmuses

Section: Seersucker and Sunshine

When We Were Young GRAND THEFT AUTO From the pen of Marsha L Burris  The first time I stole a vehicle, was Junior McLaughlin’s old pickup truck.  I was 14 and my accomplice, Joy, was 12.  We had the good … Continue reading

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Section: Seersucker and Sunshine

When We Were Young Joy McLaughlin, Recording Genius From the pen of Marsha L Burris I grew up in Newell where Joy McLaughlin got the best Christmas presents of all my friends. Sometimes I already knew what would be under … Continue reading

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Section: Seersucker and Sunshine

When We Were Young That’s Just Klaus From the pen of Marsha L Burris My sibs and I grew up in Newell, in a 1950s brick rancher that sat on the northwest corner of Mary and Osborne Yeomans’ dairy farm. … Continue reading

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Thompson’s Bootery and Bloomery

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I have a clear image in my head of a circa early 1970s Valentine’s Day display window at the old and unfortunately long gone Thompson’s Bootery and Bloomery .If you are of “old Charlotte” … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

From The Charlotte Daily Observer, Wednesday February 10, 1897. Who says nothing ever happens/happened in Charlotte? On this day 114 years ago, it was non-stop activity in the Queen City and environs. From the Communal Notice section: A number of … Continue reading

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Enough Already

Southern Muses has returned from a sabbatical during which we wrote a book or something and we’ve spent most of our time since mid-January recovering from the experience. And then this happened. Which by the way –I think this is … Continue reading

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Christmas Edition: White Christmas Part II

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Christmas Edition: Christmases Past

Christmas Day 1776 The waning months of 1776 were not pretty ones for the Continental Army. Things began to go seriously downhill in November. Fort Washington, situated on a bluff high above the Hudson River on the northwestern end of … Continue reading

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Christmas Edition: White Christmas

For the entire week leading up to Christmas, all we heard about was the rare promise of  a White Christmas. The last time this happened around here was in 1947. The impending snow storm was all the weather forecasters could … Continue reading

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Christmas Edition: Christmas Eve

We have arrived at the eleventh hour. It’s Christmas Eve. It’s beyond do or die time. This is my favorite day of the year, because at some point you have to admit the rush is over. Christmas is coming whether … Continue reading

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