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Inklings: Refrigerators I have known

Inklings: Refrigerators I have known

For the Journal Scene

Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:56 a.m.

It wasn’t cooling. It wasn’t freezing. It wasn’t making ice. When the technician arrived I told him confidently that I was sure …

Inklings: Discombobulation

Inklings: Discombobulation

For the Journal Scene

Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:26 p.m.

I broke the first egg on the edge of the skillet, doing such a splendid job, the shell cracked into a dozen pieces, the yolk split and half the white …

Inklings: Man of steel had a softer side with family UPDATED

Inklings: Man of steel had a softer side with family

Journal Scene columnist

Friday, June 17, 2016 12:01 a.m.

My dad started working as a puddler’s helper in a steel mill as a teenager in Pennsylvania and ended his working career heading up a steel …

Inklings: Bad day – good laugh

Inklings: Bad day – good laugh

For the Journal Scene

Thursday, June 9, 2016 1:26 p.m.

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to be forgetful. But it helps! They’re often called senior moments. Other terms include cranial …

Inklings: He’s got mail – and more

Inklings: He’s got mail – and more
Friday, June 3, 2016 12:01 a.m.

When a 15-year-old harks back to the 15th century for inspiration on a class assignment, that project has to be something innovating and intriguing. …

Inklings: Oral history . . . ‘Tis the season UPDATED

Inklings: Oral history . . . ‘Tis the season

For the Journal Scene

Friday, May 27, 2016 10:59 a.m.

We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day. Father’s Day is upon us. Family reunions are coming up. So are summer vacations. All this …

Inklings: On the job training

Inklings: On the job training

For the Journal Scene

Friday, May 13, 2016 3:26 p.m.

Most of us when starting a job may need a bit of training and have a period of adjustment to meld into the new work force. But if you’re at …

Inklings– Grandparenthood revisited

Inklings– Grandparenthood revisited

For the Journal Scene

Friday, May 6, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Somebody once told me that the first moment you actually lay eyes on your first grandchild is a divine moment. It was for me. That initial visual was …

Inklings: Top dogs bring their own set of personalities

Inklings: Top dogs bring their own set of personalities
Friday, April 29, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Of the some dozen canines who have reigned over our homes since 1957, several were beagles. This breed was Jim’s favorite when he was a boy …

Inklings: Family stories re-embellished

Friday, April 22, 2016 5:01 a.m.

Family stories don’t take long to collect. They become more and more valued – and often more shall we say “embroidered” over the years. As we have 58 years of marriage, four kids and six grands, the Hills already have quite the stockpile. And we seem to share more each time we get together.

Inklings: Fore!

Friday, April 8, 2016 12:01 p.m.

Know what happened 82 years ago last month? The first Masters Golf Tournament took place in Augusta, Georgia. It was played March 22-25, 1934, at the dream course Bobby Jones founded, the Augusta National Golf Club.

Inklings: Dogwood symbols

Inklings: Dogwood symbols
Friday, March 25, 2016 12:01 a.m.

There aren’t many trees around the world that have the beauty, versatility, and storied history as the dogwoods. Dogwood legends include the …

Inklings: A spring birthday celebration

Inklings: A spring birthday celebration
Friday, March 18, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The official arrival of spring in two days is the perfect time to celebrate the opening of our downtown horticultural gem, Azalea Park. Her birthday …

Inklings: How many birthdays?

Inklings: How many birthdays?

For the Journal Scene

Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:34 p.m.

The first birthday party I threw for you was when you left your teens. We had met during the previous Christmas vacation, both traveling on a train …

Inklings: On moving

Inklings: On moving
Friday, March 4, 2016 12:01 a.m.

‘Move” was for 25 years my least favorite four-letter word. That’s because we’d done it 22 times over that period of …

Inklings: Touring your own home

Inklings: Touring your own home

For the Journal Scene

Friday, February 19, 2016 12:01 p.m.

Awhile back I was telling one of our young grandsons about the antique mahogany marble top cupboard in our foyer. It has one drawer and I informed …

Inklings: TV ads, Super and otherwise

Inklings: TV ads, Super and otherwise
Friday, February 12, 2016 12:01 p.m.

Super Bowl 50 is over: decided by the score. (Rats!). But the ads, many of them, linger. They are largely scored by opinion and clearly response. I …

Inklings: Football food and fashion

Inklings: Football food and fashion
Friday, February 5, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Hot dog! Cam Newton was sure a style setter with those Versace britches this week. With all the recipes in recent newspapers and magazines, …

Inklings: Beth: from child, to angel, to reminiscence

Inklings: Beth: from child, to angel, to reminiscence
Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:27 p.m.

She was only 8 when we first met. The daughter of dear friends, her dad and my husband Jim were in the same fighter squadron at Otis AFB on Cape Cod. …

Sex talk

Sex talk
Friday, January 22, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s been with us since Eden. The only difference is the way we chat about it.

Inklings: A girl’s best Pal

Inklings: A girl’s best Pal
Friday, January 15, 2016 9:46 a.m.

I can’t remember a time in my life – from childhood on – when we didn’t have a dog, enjoying many breeds. Jim had floods …

Ever budding memories

Ever budding memories
Friday, January 8, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Camellias have been especially beautiful in our yard this season. Whenever I look at these dark waxy evergreens showcasing delicately layered petals, …

The DAY’s the thing

The DAY’s the thing
Friday, January 1, 2016 12:01 a.m.

In reviewing 2015 most of us can probably say it had its ups and downs.

A (slight) twist of a (toothless) tale

A (slight) twist of a (toothless) tale
Friday, December 25, 2015 12:01 a.m.

‘Dad, there’s something I just don’t understand.”

Inklings: Birthday remembrances

Inklings: Birthday remembrances
Friday, December 18, 2015 10:14 a.m.

Did you hear historic corks popping last night? Or glimpse a glow of a lit birthday cake? It would have been pretty bright with 168 candles. It was …

Christmas icons, revisited

Christmas icons, revisited
Friday, December 11, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Two of my favorite whimsical holiday men are known by their holiday colors: Santa dressed in red and the Grinch in green. I love each one because of …

Black Friday Yes . . . No . . . Maybe?

Black Friday	Yes . . . No . . . Maybe?
Friday, November 27, 2015 12:01 a.m.

By Barbara Lynch Hill

‘Tis the season . . . . . . for grocery shopping in the deluxe mode.

‘Tis the season . . .	. . . for grocery shopping in the deluxe mode.
Friday, November 20, 2015 12:01 a.m.

There’re always so many foodstuffs to buy now and in my case so many things to forget and so much “backing and forthing” to get …

One more time

One more time
Friday, November 13, 2015 12:01 a.m.

“Thank you for your service!”

The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin
Friday, November 6, 2015 12:01 a.m.

The Great Pumpkin made its first (non) appearance in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip about a half century ago. Every year Linus waits to …

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