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And Then What Happened?: The flight of the young’uns
06-09-2024 11:53 AM

By NAN PARATI

Did y’all miss me?There I was, back in February, writing my regular column, pointing out all the ill effects the month of February has on people, and suddenly, Jazz Fest kicked in. I was in New Orleans at the time, working my job as head of the art...

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And Then What Happened?: Let the next generation have their moment
02-11-2024 4:01 PM

By NAN PARATI

In 2005 I bought a building that has housed a series of Ashfield institutions since 1835 when it began life as Crafts Store. The place went through a few iterations and was even owned by the IGA supermarket chain in the early 20th century until 1937,...


And Then What Happened?: My life in paradise with Jimmy Buffett
10-01-2023 1:51 PM

By NAN PARATI

It was a typical day in the restaurant business, there in about 2015 — the kind where the regular chef is out sick, the dishwasher’s on vacation, and 200 customers who’ve heard you’ve got something good to offer have all decided to come try it out on...


And then what happened?: What to expect after surgery
08-27-2023 6:00 PM

By NAN PARATI

Nineteen years ago, some pre-cancerous cells running around my abdominal region demanded to be let out and thus, I went to the hospital for some invasive nether-region surgery. I was living in New Orleans then and was sent home post-operation to see...


And Then What Happened?: How you see them coming — and then, going
06-25-2023 3:48 PM

By NAN PARATI

Back in about 2006, I was working at the Green River Festival, making the signs, when I heard a band play that I hadn’t heard of before — a couple of guys with good words and intertwining harmonies. I liked them a lot. Their accents sounded quite...


And Then What Happened?: The grin-worthy return of Elmer’s Store
05-16-2023 5:08 PM

By NAN PARATI

When I arrived in Ashfield in the summer of 2005 for a two-week stint as signwriter for the Green River Festival, I had no grand ideas for a 180-degree turn in life; I was just happy to be out of the Louisiana heat, celebrating the coincidence where a...


And Then What Happened?: A Yankee who says y’all
02-07-2023 7:46 PM

By NAN PARATI

Lord y’all! Something happened in my brain recently, if not in my speech, that left me pondering my very identity. I was born and lived until my early 20s in North Carolina. My parents were intellectual beatniks of the day, and we four children were...


And Then What Happened?: The wisdom of the aged
01-02-2023 5:33 PM

By NAN PARATI

As usual, Norm is right.There I was, ready to leave town for Christmas to spend time with family in North Carolina, just as I’ve always done. The traveling clothes were nestled in their suitcase and the gifts were loaded with care, when we got a good...

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