Entering World War II for Americans in the 1940s was a time of change. Men were pulled from their jobs to fill the armed forces in combat overseas and were sent all over the country to protect the American homestead. Families were pulled apart and put on hold to support the war effort. Companies that once made rugs were making blankets to send to the troops. But one of the most dynamic changes is one that oftentimes gets overlooked, oftentimes shadowed by a seemingly mythical figure in a red handkerchief and white polka-dots.
The insurance industry ought to rank right up there with Mom, apple pie and baseball as a true slice of Americana. It’s been around since long before the Declaration of Independence when Ben Franklin and others in Philadelphia developed a contributorship program to help deal with fire losses.
First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson was slated to return to her adopted hometown of Rome in the summer of 1914 to great fanfare being organization by the Chamber of Commerce. She did return to Rome that summer but not in the manner that was planned.
Firing up a grill when it’s hot and humid outside is a favorite American pastime. I realize it doesn’t make a lot of sense to leave the comfort and coolness of a well-appointed kitchen to head for the steamy outdoors and slave over an open fire, but making sense has little to do with grilling. It’s just fun to cook on a grill and even more fun to eat food that has been perfectly cooked and infused with smoky goodness.
When you cross paths with Aimee Harmison Madden, you’re apt to notice her sense of style. She loves to coordinate her outfits and the woman loves shoes. But that has not always been the case. “I was a total tomboy growing up. Nowadays, I love high heels and cute dresses, but when I was younger my favorites were camo pants and my Incredible Hulk T-shirt.”
The summer 2013 edition of Magnolia publishes Tuesday. That’s when the magazine, known for celebrating the lives of local woman, will be available at dozens of locations around Greater Rome and Polk County.