Francisco News

Looks like we’ve had plenty of rain this week. It’s better rain than snow, right? February can go either way. To say that people are ready...

February 14th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Olympic musings

The Old Paths: Olympic musings

When ole Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” he clearly lived in a pre-Olympics era. H...

February 14th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Tomorrow is the day winters back breaks – Cold February mornings may make your back feel brittle and like it is going to break. Good news is on ...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

By the look of the parking lot at the Francisco Community Building Saturday night, the Bingo for the North Stokes Softball Team was a huge success! A ...

February 7th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Valentine’s Day is only six days away – There’s only six days left to search for the perfect valentine for your wife, sweetheart, ki...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Say hello to February! Time is ticking away and spring will be here before you know it. Francisco has an event filled month and let’s not forget...

January 31st, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Favorite TV couples

The Old Paths: Favorite TV couples

Since my column is called “The Old Paths,” you’ll not be surprised that I love to watch old sitcoms. My hubster and I watch one epis...

January 31st, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Tomorrow we celebrate Groundhog Day – Will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow? Whether he does or not, we still have six weeks or more of win...

January 31st, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Well, the snow came and went, thank Heavens! I feel like everyone is so ready for spring. I actually had about 30 confused robins in my yard Sunday mo...

January 24th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Taking care of heavy, wet, winter snow - Believe it or not, snow may look fluffy and white, but it is heavy. This is why we need to keep a broom handl...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Cold weather got you down? Enroll in the Master Gardeners’ Class offered by the Stokes and Surry County Extension offices. New classes will begi...

January 17th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Bigger than you think

The Old Paths: Bigger than you think

The atmosphere has shifted in Walnut Cove.I’ve felt it for a while, and we talk about it often in our prayer group at church. But now others are...

January 17th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Checking the rosebushes in the dead of winter – As we move further into the winner, the roses can use a little tender loving care. A fresh layer...

January 17th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

The warmer temperatures this week prove there is light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought of 33 degrees feeling good, but after 6 degrees in th...

January 10th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Begin the new year by checking out the Christmas cactus – The four Christmas cactus have bloomed in the living room where they have been winteri...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Happy New Year! To say that it’s cold is a bit of an understatement. But it’s January and this too shall pass. We will think about this wh...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Ringin’ in the New Year!

The Old Paths: Ringin’ in the New Year!

In 1969, Johnny Mathis had a holiday hit with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” For years, I have heard Mathis woo his crush with...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Celebrating the day I have Epiphany – Saturday, January 6, 2018 will be the day of epiphany. As the day of epiphany arrives, with it Christmas f...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Winter travels through its first week – The season of winter has traveled through its first week and already we have gained seven minutes of day...

December 27th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I love driving around at night to see all the Christmas lights. I was blessed to be invited to the ...

December 20th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Here I Come A-Caroling

The Old Paths: Here I Come A-Caroling

Anybody else been obsessed with Christmas music this year? Yes, I have been one of those people you like to complain about—the ones who play Chr...

December 20th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The Longest Night of the Year – This is the first day of winter and tonight is the longest night of the year. Most kids will disagree because th...

December 20th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Well, the Christmas tree is up, finally. The snow last Friday really put me in the Christmas spirit. I believe it was the prettiest snowfall I have ev...

December 13th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Monday was National Poinsettia Day: Poinsettia Day honors Joel Robert Poinsett. When Poinsett was in Mexico in 1851 he was introduced to the beautiful...

December 13th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Has everyone gotten their Christmas tree up yet? Mine is in the house, but at the moment, in the floor. Yep, at one point, it was tall, straight and b...

December 6th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Today is the day of infamy (Pearl Harbor) - Seventy-six years ago today, the empire of Japan carried out a surprise attack on the Pacific fleet at Pea...

December 6th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Train them up

The Old Paths: Train them up

Through my years of parenting five children, folks have asked me how to raise unselfish and giving kids. I first emphasize the importance of leading c...

December 5th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Searching for Natures Decorations – As November comes to an end, our thoughts turn to decorating for Christmas. A lot of decorations are as clos...

November 29th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are at the edge of the woods. My woodland creatures are smiling. They like to celebrate too. Now, on to Christm...

November 29th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We are about to enter the time of year when each of us can look back and reflect on how really blessed we are. I love to reme...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Thanksgiving is an All–American Celebration - No other holiday is so very American as the Thanksgiving holiday. It was celebrated in America fir...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: ’Tis the season—of Thanksgiving

The Old Paths: ’Tis the season—of Thanksgiving

’Tis the season of orange and gold! Close on its heels is the season of red and green, although many have already exchanged their autumn/Thanksg...

November 20th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

It’s countdown time now till the holidays. With Thanksgiving here and Christmas just around the corner, I’m wondering where the time went....

November 15th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Six weeks of heavy holiday recycling - From now until New Year’s Day will be a season of generating much trash. It is also alarming the amount o...

November 15th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Votes and Veterans

The Old Paths: Votes and Veterans

November is always a key month in our nation. Not only does it bring us Election Day, but also Veterans Day and Thanksgiving—holidays very speci...

November 8th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

We welcome November! Some of the fall leaves are just gorgeous! I was at a customer’s house the other day, and she had a gingko tree. Never hear...

November 8th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Enjoying calm and splendor of November – Even though Black Friday and the beginning of the Christmas rush is two weeks away, don’t be hind...

November 8th, 2017 |  


Stokes County 4-H News

Stokes County 4-H News

4-H, standing for Head, Heart, Hands and Health, is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering...

November 1st, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Last Sunday afternoon, I was blessed to be invited to participate in a meeting with some of the volunteers of the Northern Stokes Food Pantry located ...

November 1st, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Hunter’s Light

The Old Paths: Hunter’s Light

My family loves meteor showers. We’ve been known to lie on blankets in empty parking lots in Danbury in the wee hours of the morning to have a b...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Can you believe that October is almost gone? Is it me or is the time just flying by? It seems that when a month just gets going good, it’s time ...

October 25th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Frost on the Pumpkin: Halloween almost here – The last Thursday in October and five days before Halloween. There has been several hefty frosts i...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

It’s an eye opener this morning in Francisco. It’s 41 degrees outside and not much warmer than that in the house. I refuse to turn the hea...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Even though we only had six weeks to plan this year’s Farmfest, it was agreed that it was successful. Last week I had said that the weather was ...

October 11th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: The Wright way

The Old Paths: The Wright way

My youngest son Malachi has told me for years that he’s going to be rich one day. He has long insisted that he will build a 10-story house (he d...

October 11th, 2017 updated: October 13th, 2017. |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Plotting against cold weather pests - As the days get shorter and colder, insect pests will be trying to find winter quarters in your home. Prevent th...

October 11th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

The weather is supposed to be beautiful for our Second Annual Francisco Farmfest to be held Saturday, October 7. Members of the Our Communities Group ...

October 4th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The night of the full Harvest Moon – Tonight is the night of the bright full Harvest Moon, an unusual event because this year it occurs in the m...

October 3rd, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Fall is officially here! I love it! With the arrival of the cooler season, the festivities and activities abound. My family and I attended the Patrick...

September 27th, 2017 |  


Our nation’s consecration

Our nation’s consecration

I don’t get any royalties from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book “The Harbinger” which I wrote about in my last column. In fact, I ha...

September 27th, 2017 |