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Archive of the posts written by author: mbreeze.
Dec
30

Real estate market watch…All’s Well That Ends Well

By Julie McKinney While the Hickory Nut Gorge experienced more than a fair share of unusual weather conditions in 2018, the real estate market held its own despite having received feet of rain and snow.  As has held true in previous years, approximately…

Dec
30

Built to last…Storage solutions to banish the clutter

By David Wulff, AIA Take the pain out of cleaning up by creating places to quickly and easily stash your stuff. Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you to throw out your stuff or give it away. And I’m not going to…

Dec
30

Winterize your car emergency kit

By Billie and Robert Nicholson Winter long distance travelers frequently encounter bad weather, which can put them in jeopardy.  Tires can get punctures, gas tanks can get empty and engines can overheat when you least expect it. Having a road side emergency kit…

Dec
30

Student voices…New Year’s as a Vietnamese

By Jennifer Lam The New Year is a time when everyone has an opportunity to unravel and reconstruct their lives. With a New Year, comes new responsibilities. In the United States, people often set goals to either break bad habits or create positive ones. New Year…

Dec
30

Remembering this place to serve this place

By Jack Barton           The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation (HNGF) has one mission distinct from other charitable organizations in the Gorge:  we fund a permanent endowment with donations we receive, and use earnings only from the endowment to make grants to those other eligible…

Dec
30

Birding…Bufflehead

By Larry Czajkoski The Bufflehead is one of the smallest ducks in North America and one of my absolute favorite birds.  The adult male has a large puffy head, steep forehead, and short bill.  He is glossy black above with metallic tints, white…

Dec
30

The arts…Winter art

By Mary Karr With winter’s subdued light and dusty grays shading the landscape, the warm red glow of firelight, a cozy couch, and a good book is a delightful thought to contemplate.  Deepest winter is the time when our thoughts seem to turn…

Dec
30

Technically Speaking…A fine time to be on time with calendar apps

By Scott Baughman New Year’s resolutions often involve things like getting into shape or eating better. But sometimes it’s not about managing your weight more, it’s about managing your time more. You’re likely very aware of plenty of digitally-enhanced ways to track your…

Dec
30

Four truths about websites for small businesses

By Teri A. Coutu Did I see you at the HNG Chamber’s Christmas Gala? The great evening gave me a chance to connect faces to names of local business owners I had not yet met in person, and I was happy to hear…

Dec
30

Beauty out of brokenness – Putting the pieces back together

By Mary Reitano What does a beautiful Oriental pottery bowl have to do with hope for the New Year?  Kintsugi is a Japanese art form that takes broken pottery and repairs it using gold veins–creating something more beautiful than the original item.  This…