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How To Make An Old-Fashioned Toothbrush From A Black Gum Twig

A black gum twig makes a great “old fashioned toothbrush” that was quite common among many of our grandparents or great-grandparents. “Hog-hair toothbrushes were available at a general store, but many people made their own out of twigs of birch, blackgum, sassafras, and willow. The twig was stripped of its bark and one end was …

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Why Do Southerners Say Y'all So Much?

Why Do Southerners Say Y’all So Much?

“Y’all” is a contraction of “you all” that us Southerners simply cannot live without. I grew up in Arkansas. Down here, we do things differently than most. We wave at strangers as we pass each other on backroads, we hug instead of shake hands, we’ll volunteer to water your garden while you’re out of town, …

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