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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Winter is almost here
Posted Tuesday, December 16, at 12:28 PM
It seems we have been in winter ever since we had the cold spell in November, but actually winter officially begins on Sunday. Yes, Dec. 21 is the first day of winter. To each his own, but winter is not my favorite season. The only good thing I can think of about winter is we get to celebrate Christmas...

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It's getting closer
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 9:30 AM

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all behind us and we have only 15 days until Christmas. When we were kids it seemed Christmas would never arrive. Now that I am a senior citizen it seems we just get the decorations put away when it is time to get them out again...

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Surviving Black Friday
Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 1:14 PM

Yeah -- I survived another Black Friday shopping spree. I was hoping I would have at least one more to write about. I don't mind the crowds and you really have to expect the long check-out lines, but what irritates me is the rules seem to change every year...

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Another one
Posted Tuesday, November 25, at 10:51 AM

I had another birthday last week -- Nov. 19. I am here to say 64 is not near as old as it once was. I have written a lot of columns about age, probably at least one a year in November for 40+ years. Most of the Town Crier readers know how I moved middle age all the way up to 55; I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my 39th birthday in 2009; shared my surprise parties at 40 and again at 60; and some may have cried with me at 50. I don't have much to say about 64 except it is another one...

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Giving thanks
Posted Tuesday, November 18, at 1:57 PM

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Hopefully we will take time to be thankful. As an elementary student, we all learned about the first Thanksgiving and what it meant to the early settlers who were brave enough to come to a new country. Without them, where would we be?...

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Salute to Veterans
Posted Tuesday, November 11, at 12:00 PM

Today is Veteran's Day and all across our communities there will be ceremonies to honor our brave men and women who have proudly served our country. November 11 is not just another day -- it is Veteran's Day. Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day. It was set in recognition of the day fighting ceased in World War I, Nov. 11, 1918...

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Time change
Posted Tuesday, November 4, at 11:28 AM

Daylight Saving time ended over the weekend and I hope everyone took advantage of that extra hour of sleep. It will make up for the hour we lost in the spring. I have to say I am not wild about moving the clock back and forth. Winter is not my favorite season. ...

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Safety first
Posted Tuesday, October 28, at 1:37 PM

Friday will be a big day for little ghosts, goblins, princesses, pirates, super heroes and all of the other characters children will turn into on Halloween. Halloween has been a favorite time for children even before I was a child and that goes back a long way...

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Home again
Posted Tuesday, October 21, at 10:29 AM

My husband Dale and I returned home Friday with an additional 2,000 miles on our vehicle. We went to Yorktown, Vir., to celebrate with our grandson on his 13th birthday and attend one of his football games. As always we had a great time visiting with our son and his family. I am thankful we had the opportunity to go and I am always thankful when we arrive home safely...

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October is breast cancer awareness month
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:04 PM

October is breast cancer awareness month and we are seeing a lot of pink. The annual campaign originated to increase awareness of the disease. We need the reminder to keep us on our toes. Early detection is so important. Research has come a long way and survival rates have increased. It is easy to put off and ignore a test, such as a mammogram, when we feel fine and don't think anything is wrong...

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Another milestone
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 11:35 AM

Sept. 29 was the fifth anniversary of the day my husband and I had our last cigarette. It was not easy to quit and it has not been easy to stay quit. Surely after five years I can use the word "quit." I have always been reluctant to say I quit because it sounds so final...

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Only 85 days
Posted Tuesday, September 30, at 2:36 PM

The final quarter of 2014 is here. We all know what that means -- Christmas is truly just around the corner. Yes, you heard right, around the corner means 85 days until Christmas. I did notice last week the stores are putting out Christmas items and I thought it was a little early. Now that I see the calendar, it is not as early as I first thought...

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Autumn has arrived
Posted Tuesday, September 23, at 11:46 AM

We have gone into another season. Today is the first day of autumn 2014. It seems the weather for the different seasons has become a little more unpredictable but for sure we can look forward to cooler mornings, leaves turning, fields of white cotton and the search for our light-weight jackets...

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Pass it on
Posted Tuesday, September 16, at 11:55 AM

We live in a world where we continually hear bad news and too many times good news or good people get overlooked. Recently I received a call from a Caraway resident, Donna Lucy, who wanted to share a good neighbor story. She was the recipient of not one but two or three acts of kindness all in one day...

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Patriot Day -- remember
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 3:00 PM

Thursday is Patriot Day, also known as National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day designated to remember the 2,977 who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. It was an act that truly did change our way of thinking. Thursday will be the 13th anniversary of what is referred to as 9/11...

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Back to work
Posted Tuesday, September 2, at 3:24 PM

I hope everyone enjoyed Labor Day 2014. It really is one of the last holidays of the year with summer weather for visiting lakes or being outside. The next holiday we have to look forward to will be Thanksgiving. We are never sure about the weather in November, but we know it will be too cold for swimming. Many of us like to spend the day after Thanksgiving Christmas shopping since we can't go in the water...

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National Dog Day
Posted Tuesday, August 26, at 9:24 AM

Today, Aug. 26, is National Dog Day. I would not have known there was such a day but I have a calendar with all of these special days marked. As usual, when I don't know for sure about a topic, I go to the source of all sources and Google it for the facts. I discovered the calendar is correct and today is National Dog Day, an unofficial national holiday founded in 2004 to promote abuse-free lives for man's best friends...

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Another milestone
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:36 AM

Dale and I have been married 47 years today. Yes, Aug. 19, 1967, is our wedding date. We were both much smaller, had more hair, and thought we would long be dead before we celebrated a 47th anniversary. I was almost 17 years old and he was almost 21 when we married. Like most young people, we thought if you were over 39, your days had to be numbered...

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Last week of freedom
Posted Tuesday, August 12, at 1:04 PM

It has been a good summer. The weather has been summery but not in the three digit numbers. If I must complain, it would be too many mosquitoes but other than the pesky insects I have enjoyed the season. School is about to start and I wish all of our students and teachers a good year...

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Back to school bargain hunting
Posted Tuesday, August 5, at 3:57 PM

It was shopping time last weekend as we were all encouraged to go out and spend and save as we enjoyed the state tax free holiday weekend. Every little bit helps and with "back to school sales" and "no tax" hopefully families will be able to save on getting their children ready for school...

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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