From Our Readers: Visits, Farewells, and Sea Pie
February's letters to the editor
A Visit from Miss Onie
Onie Frances Rogerson, who frequently writes to Carolina Country (“Onie’s Clara Manor Family,” August 2016), was kind enough to pay us a visit last month. And she brought gifts! Among other things, everyone received a little knotted string with this age-old bit of wisdom:
When you’re at the end of your rope,
Tie a knot and hang on.
Don’t worry — God is there to catch you,
Even if you lose your grip.
Sea Pie Origins
I enjoyed your article on Sea Pie (“Pass the Meat Pie,” December 2016) and was especially interested to learn that the name came from the salt used to preserve meat pies in the eighteenth century and not from any seafood content. Having spent my childhood in French-speaking Canada I had heard of what was called “cipaille” in French (pronounced “sea pie”) and had long wondered at the origin of that term for what everyone agrees is a delicious meat pie.
Now I know, and I’m especially glad to see the connection with North Carolina.
Many of you are as sad as we are to see Joyner go! (“Puzzle Master Charles Joyner Says ‘Adieu,’" January 2016.) He has received many kind words and well-wishings for a happy retirement:
I live with my mother who is 91 now. Our day starts with a trip to the mailbox to get the newspaper. Then first thing I take my cellphone and take pictures of the puzzles so I can redraw them and together we can solve them. The same thing happens once a month when the Carolina Country comes … It is important to use your mind, and I want to thank you for using ours and giving us a few minutes of joy each month. Teach someone your craft so the next generation can be using their minds also. Thank you again.
Best Wishes for the future. I’ve always enjoyed doing the puzzles in Joyner’s Corner and will miss those. Enjoy your second retirement.
This is the first year that I have gotten to enjoy Carolina Country. I especially loved the puzzles from Joyner. I hope your retirement brings you as much enjoyment as your puzzles have brought me, even though it was only one year!