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February 23, 2021
Mast Stores are Open for Business

All locations of Mast Store are Open for Business, Original Store in Valle Crucis“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” You may be acquainted with this quote that is widely – and inaccurately - attributed to Mark Twain. Apparently, it is also being used in reference to some locations of the Mast Store. Well, we are here to report that the rumors of our closing and going out of business are, indeed, greatly exaggerated. 

February 1, 2021
5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day

Mmmm, chocolate barsWhich came first – Valentine's Day or chocolate? And why is chocolate such a popular gift on Valentine's Day? Candy, and chocolate, in particular, is so popular that purchases of chocolate total over 58 million pounds during Valentine's week alone. Now that's A LOT of chocolate!

January 22, 2021
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Beating the winter bluesFive weeks of winter in the books and seven more to go. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.

January 11, 2021
It's Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

Self-Care Is NOT SelfishThe New Year is here. Are you still keeping your New Year's Resolutions? If you're like most of us, probably not. But, let's think about something that is important for your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It's self-care. You did read that correctly; self-care is important to others. Let's take a look.

 

December 29, 2020
Cooking to Welcome the New Year

Collard GreensHere we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? Wait, we're referring to 2020; it couldn't pass fast enough! With the New Year just hours away, it's time to take steps toward a year filled with good luck.  

December 24, 2020
Accidental Christmas Traditions

The holidays are here with all of their pomp and circumstance, parties and decorations, traditions and food. Many of the celebrations around the holidays have their roots in ancient Christian beliefs and pagan festivals. But there are some that are, well, accidental.

November 16, 2020
7 Ways to Make Your Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving Notable

Thanksgiving 2020 - family with other family members joining via ZoomIt’s plain to see. This year’s Thanksgiving is going to be very different. Family gatherings are being discouraged, and if you are getting together, it is recommended that meals be enjoyed outside. With resolve and creativity, we can find small things to be thankful for and make this Thanksgiving memorable.

June 10, 2020
Summer Camp at Home

Summer camp at homeYou've mastered being a teacher. Now it's time to pick up a different mantle – camp counselor. Whether you're “hosting” a day camp, overnight camp, or just a weekend experience camp, this blog has ideas for “programming” to keep your campers engaged and happy.

April 30, 2020
We Arrived on April 30, 1980

April 30, 1980On a cool spring day in 1980, April 30 to be exact, a young family arrived in the mountains of North Carolina. After a long drive from Florida in a UHaul and a pickup truck, they were about to begin their lives' work in an old general store. In this short video blog, you'll hear what their first impressions in Faye's own words.  

April 22, 2020
Boredom Buster #3

Boredom Buster #3Who's ready for another diversion or two? By now, our new routines are, well, routine. Get up, make coffee, fix breakfast, send the students to school in one corner of the living room, and set up the office on the kitchen table. This week's Boredom Busters will revisit a skill that many of us have let slip in the days of GPS, offer up a few podcasts, and send a jigsaw puzzle or two your way.


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