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September 2019

Bill Sherrod, Editor


As usual, I enjoyed reading the July issue of Cooperative Living. Two articles were especially meaningful for me, as I grew up in Northern California and moved to Virginia in 1990. The Rural Living column made me smile as I recall horseback riding in Marin County in my youth. I was not as proficient with handling a horse as Margo Oxendine, but I recall one ride where I rode a horse and at one point, ignoring all my rein commands, it purposefully found a low branch on the trail and “scraped” me off the saddle. I envied Dan Walker in reading his Dining with Dan column about his “field trip” to San Francisco. On special occasions, my family would make the hour drive to the “city by the bay” to eat at one of the many fine restaurants.

John Crowley
Fairfax Station, VA



I enjoy every page of Cooperative Living, especially the articles on small towns in Virginia. I feel like I have visited after reading them. I’m living in Cecil County, Maryland, and I get to take a road trip to Virginia without leaving home! And imagine my surprise when I saw the house on page 31 (of the July issue) that was the headquarters of Gen. Henry Lockwood during the Civil War. He was a first cousin to my great-grandfather, William K. Lockwood. Another article to add to my collection of information on him. Thanks so much!

Louisa Price Zeh
Cecil County, MD


Louisa Price Zeh’s note could not have come at a better time. Marylanders living in the service territory of Choptank Electric Cooperative will start receiving Cooperative Living in October as a benefit of their cooperative membership. We hope this breeds some intriguing cross-state interest as Virginia and Maryland residents both get a glimpse of fascinating communities and rural lives in a neighboring state.


Reading the Viewpoint column in the July issue of Cooperative Living reminded me of my great-grandparents’ home just 3 miles south of my home. I was told as a youth about the people coming through this rural area in the ’30s electrifying everyone. Gran’ma Lydia would go through the house turning off the pull-chain light and saying, “You are burning daylight!” There were only two receptacles in the entire house, one under the kitchen sink with heat tracing for the winter months and another in the living room where the television was located. In the summer, my great-uncle would change out the 15-amp plug fuse with a 20-amp so he could run his fan. The entire house had a single-phase, 110 VAC service on the front porch with only one fuse for everything.

Brings back good memories.

— Gene Toler
Rockville, VA


We loved the article in the July issue about the Cooperative Living magazine Youth Art Contest! My wife and I separately viewed the entries and secretly chose our favorite. Imagine our surprise when we both chose Rylee Evans’ smiling goat. You can’t help but smile back. Please tell Rylee that her art touched our hearts.

— Russ and Linda Brown
Ashburn, VA


I thoroughly enjoyed Margo Oxendine’s column in the June issue on the joys of Key lime pie, and I agree that Nellie & Joe’s is the brand to use. Margo omitted one important bit of information, however. If anyone ever orders Key lime pie from a restaurant and it comes out green, promptly send it back. This pie should be pale yellow, and never ever ever green!

— Barbara Bess
Orlando, FL