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Vintage Pins Are Popular Again

Did you see all the press coverage of the jewelry and sentimental meanings behind the strings of pearls, pins and jewels worn to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last week? I did and enjoyed it. It even inspired me to take out a few baubles and brooches to pin on my lapel. My favorite jewelry ...

Something Gained, Something Lost

There was a time not so long ago that residents of the Ohio Valley did not feel the need to lock their doors. In fact, many homeowners installed screens on their windows and screen doors at the front and back of their homes. This was to allow the free flow of air in the pre- and post-World ...

Queen Elizabeth II Souvenirs Treasured

If you’re like me, you are following the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II daily. I’m amazed at the pomp and circumstance and adherence to tradition, protocol and duty that the people of the United Kingdom embrace and celebrate. The UK does ceremonies so well. Of course, I’ve ...

Major Was The Best Dog

It’s been just a few short weeks, but I still look out the front door expecting to see him lumbering this way. Major lived a good stone’s throw from our house. He was a regular visitor to our home, nearly every day in his last years. He had his own food and water dishes in our home, and ...

Painted Porcelain Offers an Interesting Relic From the Past

I received an interesting phone call from a former resident of Wheeling, George Carenbauer, not long ago. Carenbauer now resides in the Washington, D.C., area but enjoys antiques. He and his sister, Ellen Carenbauer Hazera, an artist living in Bordeaux, France, are considering the idea of an ...

Still Time For Ice Cream

The signs are all there. The sights and sounds are undeniable. Sitting on the porch at the crest of the evening, it became apparent that summertime, as we know it, is waning. My rose bushes are looking a little sickly from too much heat and several nights of downpours. However, the ...