Wednesday, November 28, 2018
When the cool breezes begin to blow, we know that it's time to plan a trip with our best friends. We've gathered a few girlfriend getaway ideas that are packed with personality—and plenty of great food, shopping, and entertainment. While just being together is enough to make a trip unforgettable, you and your besties will love what these Southern destinations have to offer, from the coast to the mountains and from the bustling cities to the serene small towns. Don’t forget to pack a scarf, because these girlfriend getaways are perfect any time of year…but especially during winter. If you’re still on the lookout for destinations, check out our favorite fall girlfriend getaway destinations and the South’s most charming walkable girlfriend getaways too. And if you’re on the road at Christmastime, explore our picks for the best small towns for Christmas in the South—perfect locales to visit during the holiday season with your friends and family. Depending on where you’re headed on your wintertime getaway, you may need flip-flops instead of boots, but we trust you’ll be ready for anything. Take lots of pictures, and let us know where you and your girls are planning to visit during the colder months.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Ground-shaking helicopter flights rattle residents with low flights over Forsyth, Davidson counties late Wednesday
Helicopters swooping over parts of the Winston-Salem area at low elevation with ground-shaking power Wednesday night were part of a military training exercise, Winston-Salem police said.
The U.S. Army had notified the police department beforehand, a police communications supervisor said, but he was given no further details about the military exercise.
The police department was inundated with calls from concerned residents with reports of up to six helicopters that were flying with their lights off at about 11 p.m.
“One flew right over the house, no more than 20 to 30 yards above the ground,” Ardmore resident Roy Doron posted on Facebook. “I have a big oak tree in my backyard. The chopper was skirting the top of the tree.”
Puzzled residents of Ardmore likened the noise to an earthquake and said the noise shook their homes. One resident reported it gave her dog a seizure.
“Scared the living daylights out of me,” Mary Ann Hauser wrote on the Ardmore neighborhood Facebook page. “I thought one of the copters heading towards the hospital was crashing.”
A representative from Fort Bragg said no further details were available on the training exercise or whether it would be recurring.
The helicopters were also reported over Davidson County and other parts of Forsyth County.
“They came over our house off 150,” Susan Beane Gordon posted on Facebook. “It shook the entire house and sounded like they were right above the trees.”
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Why exactly are people forgoing shaving this month, again?
With the first week of November gone, participants of “No-Shave November” are already touting “Movember” as the reason behind their new facial and body hair endeavors. And as much as “No-Shave November” has woven itself into the cultural fabric of our generation, the purpose behind it has long been forgotten. Even I had to remind myself why people participate in “No-Shave November.”
If you look up the hashtag #noshave on Instagram, though, very little of the message put forth by No-Shave November is present. Most of the posts have nothing to do with cancer awareness (there are, of course, people who post links to donation pages and proudly support “Movember” for all it is, but they make up a small minority). Sadly, No-Shave November has become more of a cultural event than a charity cause. People skip out on the razors, shaving cream and other grooming products during November but the real reason for doing so — to raise cancer awareness — is being replaced with a month-long adventure into the depths of hair growth.
Thankfully, there are exceptions. UT’s Inter-fraternity Council participates in No-Shave November and does a great job raising awareness of the cause behind the name. But as with many things that are driven by social media, the message behind the “No-Shave” lifestyle has gotten lost along the way to stardom.
If you’re participating in “Movember,” more power to you. Don’t forget why you are, though. There’s a difference between growing your hair out and fighting cancer via growing your hair out. If the latter isn’t your goal (and no worries if it isn’t), call your hair experiment something else. “No-Shave November” is a term that has been coined by cancer advocates, including the American Cancer Society. Unless you plan on adhering to the goals set forth on the “No-Shave November” website, name your month of no shaving something else. Or, even better, consider hopping on the cancer-awareness bandwagon.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
National Taco DayLast year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos! We love our Tacos! That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, which could take you to the moon and back or if you prefer, could, at 775-million pounds, equal the weight of two Empire State Buildings.
The word taco is the Mexican equivalent of the English word sandwich. The tortilla, which is made of corn or wheat, is wrapped or folded around a filling that is generally made of spiced proteins - beef, pork or fish.
For National Taco Day this October 4, consider the countless variations you can create using traditional meats or with seafood, chicken, beans, cheese, and eggs. Yank out your garnishes – salsa, cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, onions and lettuce and you have a dish of great versatility and variety.
Some Taco HistoryFor a dish so widely available, the history of the taco is really unknown. But according to taco expert Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the word originates from the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century, when taco referred to the little explosives workers used to extract the ore.
These were pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder and placed into holes carved into the rock. “When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite,” says Pilcher in an online article at Smithsonian.com. “The first references [to the taco] in any sort of archive or dictionary come from the end of the 19th century. And one of the first types of tacos described is called tacos de minero—miner’s tacos.
So the taco is not necessarily this age-old cultural expression; it’s not a food that goes back to time immemorial.”
till others claim tacos predate the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico in the 16th century. Anthropologists say there is evidence suggesting inhabitants of the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish. The fish were replaced by small live insects and ants in the states of Morelos and Guerrero, while locusts and snails were favorite fillings in Puebla and Oaxaca.
Taco Bell is believed to have pushed the widespread popularity of Mexican food in the U.S. Founded in California in 1962, the chain of fast-food restaurants serves up a variety of Tex-Mex foods to more than two billion customers in 5,800 restaurants in the U.S. alone.
The hard-shell taco was invented long before Taco Bell, a discovery that would aid their expansion across North America. The U-shaped version is first noted in 1949 in a cookbook by Fabiola Cabeza de Vaca Gilbert. A device that would hold the taco in its U-shape as it deep fried helped in the mass production of this product. Kits are now available everywhere.
Taco TypesThere are many traditional varieties of tacos, some of which include Tacos de Cabeza, which are the brain, tongue, eyes, and lips of a cow’s head. Others include crispy tripe tacos, shrimp tacos, and Tacos dorados, which mean fried tacos. Called flautas because of their flute shape or taquito, these tacos are filled with cooked and shredded chicken or beef and rolled into a tube or flute shapes and deep-fried until crispy.
Taco al Pastor, which means shepherd’s style taco, is the most popular variety in Mexico. It generally consists of spiced pork, which is cut in slivers from a vertical spit over an open flame. Breakfast tacos are served at many restaurants, especially in the American Southwest. This fried corn or flour tortilla is rolled and stuffed with a mixture of meat, eggs or cheese and topped with onions, salsa, and avocado. Huevos rancheros, anyone?
Ensenada, Mexico is said to be the birthplace of the fish taco, a claim many of the city’s restaurants try to make their own. The best place to sample them is at any of the small food stands that line the streets around the Mercado Negro, Ensenada’s fish market. The fish tacos served are small pieces of battered, fried fish in a hot corn or wheat tortilla.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Emotional! Songs lyrics, images all patriotic and Jesus honoring - SPECTACULAR!
When the Soldiers sing, BATTLE HYMN OF REPUBLIC with the fireworks going off over the top of the Lincoln Memorial - they even included THIS portion of lyrics: [Christ's name was invoked!]
"In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on."
Other performance of the Army Choir singing:
"BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"