The Game of Cat and Mouse

Rarely does a week go by that my inbox doesn’t see at least one forwarded cat video—a kitten cuddling with a puppy, a cat getting dizzy on a motorized vacuum or a feline playing the piano. When did we become so “cat-obsessed?”

Counting Cars

Sometimes the way we view history becomes skewed--as if everything that happened before our own lifetimes occurred all at once. For instance, we think of train travel as a dated mode of transportation. However, consider this: Thomas Jefferson never lived to see a steam-powered train. That’s really quite amazing that one of the fathers of westward expansion conceived the idea…

Home Grown

I’m not normally the type of person who adorns my car with bumper stickers. I do have one, though. It simply asks, “Who’s your farmer?” Many of us spend a great deal of time thinking about food. We anxiously anticipate a meal at a gourmet restaurant. We run to the grocery store to grab a last minute dinner or we…

BEATING THE HEAT

Ironically, we think of summer as a time for fun and relaxation when kids are free from the restraints of school and homework. However, for many of Chesterfield’s early residents in the farm trade, summer was the season of the most work. In fact, children today have the children of early farmers to thank for having summers of freedom. Summers…

Beyond Overalls

Have you ever heard of a "Spinart?" Probably not. In fact, I’m fairly certain that it was a word made up by someone in my family. It was what my great-grandparents called a man who was kind of a flashy dresser or show off in the fashion department. Thus someone sporting a jaunty hat or a new pocket watch might be…

May 2015 History 101

We have all been through that phase of life where it seems like everyone we know is getting married in the same year. It becomes an endless stream of bridal showers, bridesmaids’ dresses, bachelor/ bachelorette parties, tuxedo fittings, rehearsal dinners—and, oh yes, the weddings!