Pumpkin Black Bean Soup with Bacon - Dinner in Fifteen Minutes
Hearty and Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Tomatoes, Corn, Black Beans, and Bacon. It's that time of year again! The crisp air, the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot... time for cozy evenings at home, and autumn flavors at the table.Read full story
"God of Death" Whale Lived 43 Million Years Ago
A New, Terrifying, Ancient Species Discovered in Egypt. Phiomicetus Anubisartistic reconstruction by Dr. Robert W. Boessenecker. A new species of a prehistoric, four-legged, carnivorous whale was discovered by scientists in Egypt's Western Desert area, with the fossilized remains dating back 43 million years.Read full story
A Spooky North Carolina Legend - Lydia's Bridge
Lydia's Bridge Ghost Story(modified) background photo by Aaron Burden. One of the most famous ghost stories in North Carolina is about a phantom hitchhiker who supposedly haunts an abandoned railroad bridge in Guilford County. The bridge is located on US-70A (High Point Rd.), just south of Jamestown. I'll relate the most popular version of the story below, as well as the recently discovered truth behind the legend.Read full story
Alpha-Gal Syndrome - Allergy to Red Meat from Tick Bite
Alpha-Gal on the Rise - Concerning News for Hunters. A hunter with a white tailed deer in tall grassUser:Matthew.j.obrien, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. There's a new allergy in town, and ironically, it has the power to force hunters to give up eating red meat.Read full story
Haunted North Carolina - Part 1
Demon Dog of Valle Crucismodified photo taken by author. It's only six weeks till Halloween - my favorite holiday - and I'm ready! To help everyone else get in the spirit, I've decided to share some spooky legends from North Carolina. Stay tuned in to make sure you catch them all!Read full story
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism - A Temporary Paralysis in Dogs
My Experience with FCE - What It Is and What You Can Do. My dog, Jasper, before the incidentphoto by author. Jasper was a happy, healthy, black lab/Newfoundland mix who loved to swim. His size fell between the two breeds, at about 80 lbs. He had an adorable floppy eared face, medium long fur, soulful brown eyes, and a big, booming bark that seemed to surprise even he, himself, on the rare occasion it escaped.Read full story
Ehrlichiosis Infection - Symptoms Resemble the Flu
The Culprit for this Disease May Be in Your Backyard. Ehrlichiosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, ehrlichia chaffeensis ,ehrlichia ewingii, and ehrlichia muris eauclairensis. The bacteria is carried by ticks, and transmitted to humans and animals through a tick bite.Read full story
Can We Still Expect Big Sales for Black Friday?
Inflation and Supply Issues May Eliminate the Usual Bargains. Will Inflation Ruin Black Friday Sales?photo by krakenimages. Covid-19 has taken many things from us, and we're still feeling the blow. Even now, as we look ahead to the holiday season coming up fast, there is reason to believe that Santa might have a hard time ticking off everything on his list, due to global repercussions from the pandemic.Read full story
Good News - SNAP Benefits Will Increase by 25%
Good News for SNAP Recipientsphoto by Ekaterina Shakharova. The 15% temporary increase to SNAP benefits that went into effect as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act is set to expire on September 30, 2021, affecting over 40 million recipients nationwide, many of whom are unemployed.Read full story
How Two Young Girls Fooled the World, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cottingley Fairies 1photo by Elsie Wright (public domain in the United States) Over a hundred years ago, in the small village of Cottingley, England, two young girls embarked on a silly prank that led thousands to believe in magic. It would not be fully debunked for over sixty years.Read full story
Festival This Weekend - Murray's Mill Harvest Folk Festival
A Fun-Filled Weekend Celebrating Catawba County's Proud Agricultural Heritage. Harvest Folk Festivalphoto use granted by Historical Association of Catawba County. An Educational and Entertaining Experience the Whole Family Will Enjoy.Read full story
Need a Job? $$$ Sign-On Bonuses at These N.C. Companies
As Unemployment Benefits End for Thousands, Sign-On Bonuses Put Money in Your Pocket. Over 127,000 North Carolinians Have Lost Their Unemployment Benefits This Week. As federal jobless assistance ended on September 4, millions nationwide have lost their unemployment benefits. Well over 100,000 of those individuals are right here in North Carolina.Read full story
Are Pets Catching Covid-19 From Their Owners?
Studies show many infected households have pets with Covid -19 antibodies. The pandemic hasn't been easy on petsphoto by Andrew S. It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the furry ones.Read full story
Be Aware of the New Symptoms for Delta Variant of Covid-19
Covid-19 Delta variant has new symptomsCDC on Unsplash. As the information circulates that the vaccines are waning in efficacy, a lot of people are getting nervous. If you were vaccinated in the first vaccine roll-outs, between December 2020 and March 2021, you may have cause to be.Read full story
Ivermectin Controversy - For Human Covid-19 Patients or Only Safe for Animals?
FDA Issues Warning After Misuse Leads to Uptick in 911 Calls for Poisonings. People are self-medicating for Covid-19 with a horse deworming formulaphoto by Lana Werper on Unsplash.Read full story
Baby Copperhead Snakes are Out in Full Force in Our Area
Understanding and Avoiding Them + The Cost of Treatment for a Venomous Bite. While the end of summer is a favorite time of year for a lot of Carolinians, as the sizzling daytime heat slowly subsides, and the evenings inch their way towards porch-sitting weather... there is one down side.Read full story
Are There Cougars in Western North Carolina?
Despite the Official Answer of "No", There are Too Many Reports to Dismiss the Possibility. When we moved to the foothills of North Carolina a few years ago, we were chatting with a neighbor. I have a house cat and was thinking of letting him outside for the first time. We're on a quiet dead-end street, surrounded by farmland and forest.Read full story
Are These Kidney Disorders Linked to Vaccines?
EU Launches Investigation of Possible Side Effects of mRNA Vaccines. EU examines vaccine's connection to kidney diseaseNick Youngson. A skin condition and two types of kidney problems may be linked to vaccines.Read full story
Bigfoot Visits Marion, North Carolina
WNC Bigfoot Festivalphoto use granted by romanticasheville.com. Are you spellbound by tales of Sasquatch? Bewitched by the legend of Bigfoot?. You're not alone. In a recent poll by the market research platform, "CivicScience", 11% of the 3445 adult Americans polled admit to believing in the existence of Bigfoot.Read full story
A Museum Dedicated to the House Cat
Sylva, North Carolina is a historic and picturesque town, nestled at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. Touted as an "All-American" small town experience, Sylva delivers with tree-lined streets and a very walkable downtown area.Read full story