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The Fringe Tree

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by Sharon Brown on March 1, 2017

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A snipe hunt is a form of wild-goose chase, a practical joke that people like to tease unsuspecting newcomers with. It is the practice of making fun by giving them an impossible or imaginary task. It happened to me like this.

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Root Cellars & Bright City Lights

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by Sharon Brown on February 1, 2017

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I was scared to death of Gramma Ell’s root cellar. I swear it felt like darkness pushed down on me as soon as I entered and the scent of it crept into my nose and filled my ears with worms and dirt. I would stand at the door, one toe and one hand reaching carefully into the darkness while the other foot planted itself firmly on the last inch of daylight and the other hand glued itself to the door frame. The hand that was reaching into the darkness was searching for the cord to turn on the single low watt bulb, the only light source. The searching toe was making sure there was still a floor to stand on beneath all that dark.
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All About Sassafras

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by Sharon Brown on January 1, 2017

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Do you like gumbo? How about hot tea? There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than hot soups and hot drinks. How does sassafras enter into the picture? Climb up the mountain with Aunt Bett and me and we’ll tell you.
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Little Thanksgivings

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by Sharon Brown on November 1, 2016

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Lilies And -Laddin-s Lamp

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by Sharon Brown on October 1, 2016

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They are the ancestors of all the lovely hybrids that we enjoy in our gardens today, those wild lilies that grow freely in different parts of the world. They have different faces, different names in other places, but I was the lucky one. The beautiful Turk’s Cap Lily grew wild and wonderful in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Southeast Kentucky where I grew up.

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All About Goldenrod

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by Sharon Brown on September 1, 2016

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It isn’t goldenrod that makes you sneeze. It’s the ragweed that grows beside it. Let’s take a look at this golden beauty that many would like to banish. Aunt Bett and I never could convince Mom that goldenrod didn’t cause her allergies; maybe I can convince you.
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It started like this. She leaned over with her hand cupped around her mouth, and with her soft low voice against my ear, she whispered:

“Wear yore darkest clothes, chile, an’ meet me right here jus’ ‘fore dark. We’re gonna git some rose maller seeds.”

“Aunt Bett, marshmalla seeds? Marshmallas don’t . . . “

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They were only little tomato plants, each no more than two or three inches tall. I carefully dug two of them from the family garden and transplanted them to my own private garden hidden behind the playhouse. After all, who would ever miss two little tomato plants?
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Grapes! These amazing little round balls of sweetness are also great for our health, no matter whether they are fresh off the vine, served dry and wrinkled, or sipped slowly and savored as wine.
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