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Tennessee Backroads

My first real full-day wandering since October.

If you didn’t grow up on country roads you may not get the connection, the intrigue, the charm, and the suspense!

About 15 years ago I discovered an old building that turned out to house the best bar-B-cue ever, it became a preferred destination for the delicious fare.

Then…..I made the trek one afternoon only to find a burned-out heap of history.
Time passed and it became a memory….until now…yesterday I decided to make the drive on my way to another local town with history, more about that in another post.

Rounding the curve was a beautiful site and aroma!

Built back beautifully, not the landmark it was, but a great replacement…same family, same recipes, same fabulous atmosphere…same taste!
A bonus this trip, across the road sits a new and most delicious bakery!

Sourdough bread, clean-non-GMO items for gifting, delightful hand-carved wooden bowls, and other kitchen goodies.

I am delighted to have a favorite back on the map!

107 Dellrose RD.
Dellrose, TN. 38453

(2) Corner Pit BBQ | Tennessee Crossroads | Episode 2839.1 – YouTube

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Some Christmas History~

We’ve all heard the term “Those who do not know and learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

Here we are….The best offense is a good defense-Talk about it, write about it, live it, celebrate it…Preach it!!


The middle of winter has always been a time of celebration.

Even Pagan celebrations were a ritual born of beliefs that followed the only spiritual guideline available.
Long before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.
In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, (the winter solstice,) through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, large logs were set on fire and people would feast until they burned out-sometimes lasting 12 days.
In the early days of Christianity-Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced.

By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion.

In the early 17Th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, canceled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.
The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.
After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under America’s new constitution. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

Chapter 2:

Please, let me be very clear, I am not accusing or offering my opinions about this group, sect, cult?? All these terms have been used in many printed and legal publications to describe them. I am following a hunch that has resurfaced from many years ago.

I also do not wish to engage in conversation about this, simply because it would be opinions,  my hope is, if you are interested you will read some of the links and come to your own conclusion. (links will be in the last chapter)

My hope is also that this will bring home to each of us how blindly we all accept so much without question, easily placing trust in the well-programmed rhetoric
spoken as truth from behind a facade that promises peace and love.


Wowza! The more I dig the more “enlightened” I become.

Harken back to the 80s when it appeared this group was dissolving, I moved on and forgot they ever existed, knowing only the little bits from news sources.
Dissolve they did not, instead, they went abroad and became well entrenched in almost every country.
There are hundreds of accusations/charges against them /mostly for child abuse and child labor law abuse…this is what ran them from this country in the ’80s.

A very high profile case involving 214 children taken from the group’s members by the state of Vermont. (1984)?
(here is the confusing point for me….with so many charges, investigations, etc., only one that I can find where they were actually found guilty, and that is somewhat unclear…that was in Berlin…yes, that Berlin!

In  2006 written records state they made the entry back into the US, they now have beautiful locations all over the country, seems every state has at least one, some have 2, 3 and 4 locations.

Another sticking point for me…..It is written when the leader of the group made the decision to leave the US he/they were broke and deep in debt.
(how does one go abroad and immediately prosper to the point of major abundance/return 30+years later and do the same in the US.)

**Tune in tomorrow for the answer to that…well, at least what appears to be the answer.!!
Chapter 1:

I was dressed and on the road early this Saturday, Sept.26-2020
I was anticipating breakfast at the Yellow Deli just a hop and skip from Sage Hill. It dawned on me halfway there they do not open on Saturday!
I was glad I had coffee before leaving home, breakfast would be a toss-up!

This local jaunt will take a few days to walk through or relay via a keyboard.
I remember the activity around the said deli in the 1970’s-information and updates were hard to get back then, not like today where a keystroke can bring thousands of years to the forefront just like that.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered A Yellow Deli sitting in a small rural town just a few miles from me in Tennessee.
I thought years ago they had all just poofed away in a haze of salty news stories and accusations that left one wondering….

Check-in tomorrow for another chapter.

Actually, it’s a long and winding road that began in…..

A Short History of The Yellow Deli PDF Print E-mail
The early ’70s would not have been such a special time in the Chattanooga area without The Yellow Deli. Remember those luscious fruit salads, great sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade desserts? Something about its warm, rustic atmosphere drew people like a magnet. And who can forget the heart-felt invitation at the bottom of the hand-drawn Yellow Deli menu: “We serve the fruit of the Spirit… Why not ask?” Somehow God’s love had been communicated to our hearts in such a way that all we wanted to do was pass on the love, joy, and peace spoken of in the New Testament. Our Savior meant everything to us, so working together to serve the best food in the best atmosphere, with all of our hearts, seemed a normal response. The fruit of the Spirit was produced naturally from the good tree of happy believers working together.


I’ve read, heard said, and come to believe…woman or man…our shoes speak loudly to our personality. So…whether you are dining, dancing, or gardening…take a close look at those shoes…if they spark a wild thought….

Some fun shoe facts~

Shoe sizes were first established in the year 1324! in England by King Edward II. He declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barley corn (one third of an inch) would represent one full shoe size. This this standard of measure is still used today!!

Ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that shoes could be worn on either foot.

  1. 4,000 years ago the first shoes were made of a single piece of rawhide that enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.
  2. Sturdy shoes first came into widespread use between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, according to a US scientist. Humans’ small toes became weaker during this time, says physical anthropologist Erik Trinkaus, who has studied scores of early human foot bones. He attributes this anatomical change to the invention of rugged shoes, that reduced our need for strong, flexible toes to grip and balance.
  3. The first known images of footwear are boots depicted in 15,000 year old Spanish cave paintings.
  4. In Europe pointed toes on shoes were fashionable from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.
  5. In the Middle East heels were added to shoes to lift the foot from the burning sand.
  6. In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.

7.  Shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century, when left- and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.

8.  In Europe it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that women’s shoes were different from men’s.

9. The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.

10.  Six-inch-high heels were worn by the upper classes in seventeenth-century Europe. Two servants, one on either side, were needed to hold up the person wearing the high heels.

11.  Grecian shoes were peculiar in reaching to the middle of the legs.

12.  The present fashion of shoes was introduced into England in 1633

13.  Up to 1850 all shoes were made with practically the same hand tools that were used in Egypt as early as the 14th century B.C. as a part of a sandal maker’s equipment. To the curved awl, the chisel-like knife and the scraper, the shoemakers of the thirty-three intervening centuries had added only a few simple tools such as the pincers, the lapstone, the hammer and a variety of rubbing sticks used for finishing edges and heels.

14.  In 1845 the first machine to find a permanent place in the shoe industry came into use. It was the Rolling Machine, which replaced the lapstone and hammer previously used by hand shoemakers for pounding sole leather, a method of increasing wear by compacting the fibres.

15.  In 1858, Lyman R.Blake, a shoemaker, invented a machine for sewing the soles of shoes to the uppers.His patents were purchased by Gordon McKay, who improved upon Blake’s invention. The shoes made on this machine came to be called “McKays.”

16.  In 1875 a machine for making a different type of shoe was developed. Later known as the Goodyear Welt Sewing Machine, it was used for making both Welt and Turn shoes. These machines became successful under the management of Charles Goodyear, Jr., the son of the famous inventor of the process of vulcanizing rubber.

17.  High heels for women are believed to have originated with Catherine de Medici, a 16th century Italian noblewoman who was short in stature and wanted to make a bigger impression when she arrived in France to marry the future King Henry.

19.  In 18th century legislation designed to create paved walkways within cities allowed women to wear less practical shoes with higher heels

20.  Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.

21.  The open-toed shoe became fashionable in the 1930s as a result of the new vogue for sunbathing.

22.  Roger-Henri Vivier is credited with inventing (or at least re-popularizing) the stiletto heel in the 1950s.

23.  Despite all of cutbacks during World War II, high shoes were very in style. Designers created tall, uplifting heels using materials that weren’t rationed, like wood straw and snakeskin.

24.  The boots Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in are still floating around in space.


And now you know….