Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Totally Unaffected By Fame

I've published two articles on Guiness now, and yet he remains totally unfazed.

In fact, he could care less.

My latest article is "What to Do When Your Cat Has Diabetes."

Your Cat Has Diabetes. Now What?

Learning that your cat is diabetic can come with an initial overwhelming sense of panic. Your mind races ahead to all the horror stories you've ever heard and every worst case scenario you can imagine.

Take a deep breath and let me share with you some things that I wish someone had shared with me a year ago when my cat Guiness was diagnosed with diabetes.  Read more.

 In case you missed it, here's the link to "7 Things Not to Do When Your Cat Has Diabetes."

The bunny. The bunny. I love the bunny.

Sorry. I couldn't help it. Yes, I am a grown adult with no children, and I like Veggie Tales. But I've been recording Veggie Tales marathons on my DVR, and now, as you may have noticed if you know Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, I've got "The Bunny Song" stuck in my head.

I caught this neighbor sitting outside his garden (the one on my other neighbor's land that he shares with the deer) trying to decide what was for supper. (I don't think my other neighbor is going to build a 90-foot bunny statue and sing "The Bunny Song" any time soon).

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Evidence of Rapid Global Cooling?

Massive ice age approaching! Here's the proof from my ultra-reliable exterior thermometer over a 10-15 minute period the other night.


On a different occasion, the outside temperature read minus 6, but before I could grab the camera, it had risen to 33, so on the other hand, maybe the global warming thing is true. At any rate, it won't hurt to stockpile free toothpaste (but more on free toothpaste later).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old Roads Once Traveled is now on Squidoo

I've just published my first "lens" at Because the format is so  different from blogging and writing for Yahoo!, I wanted an easy first effort to experiment on, so I blended some of my Jamestown posts into one article.

One thing you'll notice immediately is that, while articles on Yahoo! are basically content with advertising, Squidoo is more like advertising with content. It feels less like journalism and more like marketing.

I think Squidoo, for my purposes, will work best with topics that have related products, which should play fairly nicely with some of my more historical topics. I don't have control over the ad content, but I do get to pick what Amazon products will be featured on the page. For the Jamestown list, I chose related books and DVDs, which will probably be pretty typical of my history and travel lenses.

A quick note on how I get paid from these freelance gigs:
  • Yahoo! Contributor Network pays a small amount when each page is viewed. Certain articles also review an upfront payment of a few dollars in addition to performance pay.
  • Squidoo pays a portion of advertising revenue. In addition, if a reader clicks on an item listed on my page to purchase it from, I will receive a portion of the purchase price.
  • Squidoo also pays a bonus for referring friends, so if the sight offers something you are interested in pursuing, let me know and I'll tell you how to sign up.
With that said, here is the link to my first lens on Jamestown:

and my profile page:

Note that my Squidoo user name is OldRoadsOnceTraveled (no spaces).

Friday, July 26, 2013

What is the Book of Kells?

Before my brother Bob contributed the post The Book of Kells, I had never heard of the book. I've done some research on it and written an article for Yahoo! Voices about this rare copy of the Gospels. This manuscript has had quite and interesting history.

The link to the digital copy of the Book of Kells can be found here.

What is the Book of Kells?

The Book of Kells is a beautiful, lavishly illustrated Latin copy of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John dating to around 800 AD, on display at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, but you can view a digital copy of the entire book.

Some time around 800 AD, Celtic monks produced a beautiful manuscript in Latin of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John on prepared calfskin known as vellum. Read more ...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Little House on the Prairie Sequel Book Reviews on Yahoo

My two reviews of The Rose Years sequels to Little House on the Prairie have been republished on Yahoo! Voices.

Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lea MacBride

If you are a fan of the Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will love the sequel series about Laura and Almanzo's daughter Rose Wilder Lane.

Little House on Rocky Ridge begins several years after the close of The First Four Years, the final book in the Little House Series, with the departure from De Smet, South Dakota of Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their seven-year-old daughter Rose. Read more ...

Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride

This sequel to the Little House series echoes On the Banks of Plum Creek. If you loved reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder, you'll love reading about her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride is the second title in "The Rose Years" series of sequels to the classic Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, following Little House on Rocky Ridge. The series follows Rose Wilder Lane, the only child of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, as she grows up in Mansfield, Missouri. Read more ...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cathedrals Family Reunion Brings Together Former Cathedral Quartet Members

I've had my second article published on Yahoo! Voices. If you are a fan of Southern Gospel music, you will be interested in the Cathedrals Family Reunion.

The Cathedral Quartet was one of the most popular and most beloved groups in Southern Gospel Music. This 2-day event in November, 2013 will reunite five former members to pay homage to this legendary quartet.

Read more ...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

My first article for Yahoo!

I have started submitting freelance articles to the Yahoo! Contributor Network. I've had one published so far. Another is under review, and I plan to contribute other articles periodically.

I will occasionally put a link to my new articles on Old Roads Once Traveled's Facebook page and Google+ page along with updates on new blog posts and information related to them, but you can access everything I have published on any Yahoo! site from my user profile at

If you are on Facebook and want to receive updates when new posts are published on Old Roads Once Traveled, simply click on the Facebook page link above and "like" it.

You write most comfortably about what you know, so to test the waters I chose a topic I've learned a lot about over the last ten or eleven months, and made a list of some of the things I'd wished someone had told me when I learned Guiness was diabetic, wrote the article ... and then cut half of it out to get down to the recommended word count. (I'm much more a novelist than a journalist, okay?)

(Obligatory cute cat photo here ...)

"I purr for insulin shots. And ear sticks for glucose tests. And treats. But mostly for treats."
Reading articles on Yahoo costs you nothing, but I get paid according to how many times my articles are viewed, so clicking on the link below is a great (free) way for you to help with Guiness's vet and insulin bills. Thanks.

So here is my debut article for Yahoo! Voices:

7 Things Not to Do When Your Cat Has Diabetes

Your heart is racing and you feel weak at just the thought: My cat is diabetic. What do I do now?
Here are seven things not to do when your cat has feline diabetes:
Read more ....


Historic Downtown Powder Springs, Georgia Walking Tour Part 8

More old houses in downtown Powder Springs:

The center of the entrance hall of the Camp-Lawler-Magnolia House sits on the spot specified by the 1859 town charter of Powder Springs from which the city limits would extend in a half-mile radius, making it literally the center of town. The Plantation Plain house was built somewhat north of its present location for Tom and Bright Camp and rolled to this spot to accommodate the widening of Marietta Street in 1930. The house was later home to Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Lawler and Mrs. Lawler's brother, Harold Norris.

During Powder Springs' mineral resort era, the Stovall Hotel stood on this site. Now the Magnolia House, a wedding and special events facility, the location has returned to its hospitality roots.

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
Camp-Lawler-Magnolia House

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
Butner-Bodiford House

This Queen Anne was originally a bungalow with hand-hewn beams. John L Butner, a dry goods merchant and landowner, bought the house and added a second story and other additions in 1900. The building features two cross gables, a corner tower, and a wrap-around porch. (Note that the window style is identical to the green house, two doors down, pictured above).

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cades Cove

Do you have any interest in the history of the old buildings in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park? If you are, I have more photos besides this one. I don't know the history myself but you should be able to research it, especially at:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Historic Downtown Powder Springs, Georgia Walking Tour Part 7

Our walking tour of Powder Springs continues heading east on Marietta Street from the red-light at Oakview Dr., where the buildings transition from old store buildings to old houses. A number of houses downtown are now home to small businesses.

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
The Matthews-Lindley House, now the Owl Tree Bookstore, was the home of Uriah Matthews, who served as Powder Springs' first undertaker from the 1850s until 1901. Matthews furnished a coffin and a quilt to cover it as it was transported to the cemetery. Family friends and neighbors would furnish the wagon, dig and fill the grave, and lover the casket.
Tom Newell Lindley took over the business in 1901.

Office of Charles M Morris, Attorney

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
M.A.J. Landers Home
The M.A.J. Landers Company (1914-1936) sold hardware, feed, & fertilizer. Landers also owned a construction company, feed mill, and an automobile dealership. While mayor, he initiated the first city-owned water works in 1934.
The house is now the office of Larry J White, Attorney.

Jamboree Academy

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
The Florence Home was built around 1915 by W.W. Florence & his wife Ida Butner Florence.
Frank Pickens "Pick" Lindley, Jr. converted the home to a funeral home in 1953.
Currently Bellamy's Funeral Home.

Classical columns line the first and second story porches.

Decorative windows

Decorative masonry chimney

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA

 The Bookout-Vaughan-Petree-Smith House, built 1896, was the home of Dr. J.S. Vaughan.

McEachern-Miller House
Home of David McEachern, ancestor of John Newton McEachern for whom McEachern High School was named, this house was purchased by G.D. "Dave" Miller, one of the first rural mail carriers, in 1902. Originally a four-room shotgun house, two of the rooms were moved along side the other two and a hall was built between them. Later a wrap-around porch and two additional rooms were added.

Site of the Scott-Rice-Mellichamp-Sgrignoli House "the Ivies". Built around 1866 by Isaac Newton Scott (1841-1908) and his wife Louise Ragsdale (1843-1928), it was one of the oldest houses in town before being dismantled in 1997 to make room for a parking lot for the First Baptist Church of Powder Springs.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Historic Downtown Powder Springs, Georgia Walking Tour Part 6

The lower north side of Marietta Street in downtown Powder Springs, Georgia:

Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA
The entrance to the old Powder Springs Bank building

Of the three buildings in this brick row, the left was the old Powder Springs Bank (1904-1929).
Tapp's Grocery stood in the middle (now Darcy's Botanicals). The building on the right, which
has been a garage and a grocery store, is now Tea at Seven Springs.
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 Lower downtown Powder Springs from Tea at Seven Springs. A train crosses Brownsville Road at the bottom of the hill. Powder Springs Park is located just across the railroad tracks.

 The alley between Tea at Seven Springs and Hand Me Up's.

 Floral Basket quilt on the side of Tea at Seven Springs

A sampler quilt covers electrical meters and telephone equipment on the side of Hand Me
Up's. Clockwise from upper left, the patterns are Monkeys Wrench, Bears Paw, North Star,
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