A Day to Say Goodbye

by Francie Hartsog It is the night before Joe Biden’s inauguration and sleep escapes me.  The 46th President “Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.”will be sworn in whileContinue reading “A Day to Say Goodbye”

AJ’s Christmas Gift

“When the accident happened we didn’t know anyone in this town. AJ was treated at Wake Forest from June to July and then at Livene Children’s Hospital from July to September. I stayed with AJ and Michael would drive back to the house to check the mail and feed the dogs. We couldn’t believe the outpouring of love from a community who didn’t even know us. People left notes, food, and gift cards. Now we want to give back to the people who were there for us.”

Glamping: Revisiting Childhood Camping Memories

When it comes to vacations, I am a bit of a princess. I love luxury bedding and room service. We work hard, so when we are able to get away, I prefer five star accommodations. Since I began “chapter two” of my life, the ability to travel has become important to me. I have heardContinue reading “Glamping: Revisiting Childhood Camping Memories”

Who is Red Buffalo?

by Francie Hartsog-Slaughter It was a cold, January evening in 2019 when my husband, Kevin, and I drove from Davidson to show a vacant apartment in downtown Statesville. It was also my 51st birthday. We decided to make our business trip to Statesville a celebration too. The couple loved the 800 sq. ft., two bedroomContinue reading “Who is Red Buffalo?”

Why Small Southern Towns Are Big

Living in a sleepy little town like Statesville, it’s easy to assume the conflict in the world around us will not find it’s way here. This is a great town. Everyone knows their neighbors, and the community is active and proud of the history and culture of the place they were born and raised. EvenContinue reading “Why Small Southern Towns Are Big”

Tea with Grandma

“If I had known grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first.”      If you are lucky enough to have grandchildren, you know this important truth.  Grandchildren bring out the best in you.  When you are in the grandparent zone, you are not concerned about the mammogram on the calendar.  You doContinue reading “Tea with Grandma”