Dr. Darden’s Ice Cream Flavors


It wasn’t Sunday afternoon if you didn’t stroll down to Dr. Darden’s drug store for a little social life and a scoop or two of his wonderful ice cream. He made it himself, chopping bits off of the ice block, mixing it with salt and tossing it into the wooden tub, then churning patiently, whistling while he worked, until the luscious confection was ready to serve. Vanilla and chocolate were the weekly staples, but every week a new special flavor was adopted or invented. It might be “spice,” fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, or fig, strawberry, banana, pineapple, rum raisin, tutti frutti, caramel, peanut butter . . . even fruit cake for Christmas.

ice cream churn

Hand-churned ice cream is hard work, but no doubt Dr. Darden enjoyed the break from his weekday routine. In the early years of the twentieth century he was the only black doctor within a thirty-mile radius and he often worked eighteen-hour days. Continue reading

How Football Can Prepare You For Final Exams

The time between December first and December fifteenth can be a stressful one for college students of all levels.

For my freshmen, of whom I have few, this might be the first time you are taking a full round of college examinations.  Don’t let the feigned serenity of those sophomores fool you!  They are just play acting.  Feeling a little stressed, I assure you, is completely normal.

For my sophomores, I know that you will not let the advantage of experience dull your sharpness or your commitment to becoming a junior.

For my juniors, your exams are harder because you are juniors.  Otherwise, it would be super boring.  That is the price of the ticket!  But the rewards are well worth the feeling of accomplishment you can revel in once it is all over.

And for my seniors, I think you should watch this video over and over and apply it to your academics–even if it is the last term, the last class, the last day, and the final minutes of finals!

It is amazing what you can do in the very last moments…..