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The North Carolina of my childhood had an economy very different from that of the average state. Today our economy remains distinctive, though not by as much. When I started my first paid job in … more
My favorite sport is baseball. I’ve lost many readers with that opening sentence. Baseball is not even in the top five of the most popular sports in America. Despite this, I press on with this … more
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Oh, yeah, right! In the interest of honesty, those sticks and stones are going to hurt like the devil and the names can … more
Hurricane Ian hit us here in North Carolina last week hard enough to get our attention with its heavy rains and winds. Still all the news stories about Florida’s damage and struggles got us … more
Bigger bases, no more defensive shifts and a new pitch clock. Last month, Major League Baseball passed sweeping rule changes in an effort to change the game and make it a more fan-friendly … more
MERRY OAKS — Just off Old U.S. 1 sits a pristine white church, the grass outside always freshly cut. Inside are bright red pews and marbled … more
CHATHAM SCENE | Knights, mead, and medieval music! Oh my! PITTSBORO — I’ve always been intrigued by Renaissance fairs. From the costumes to the characters who attend these types of events, … more
There was a story in the Sunday paper some time ago that the Campbell Soup Company was in the midst of tinkering with its product line. Immediately, as my boyhood friend Bobby Joe High used to … more
Are Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore, and Republican Senate leader Phil Berger about to strike a deal to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program? I don’t know. … more
There is agony and there is ecstasy in revising my favorite book, “North Carolina Roadside Eateries.” The book I wrote about local eateries near our state’s interstate highways was published … more
My wife and I camped last weekend with our three young children at Hanging Rock State Park. Three days and two nights in the woods took a heroic packing effort by my beloved. Pulling away from the … more
It’s been said we are what we eat. If that’s so, I’m in trouble. Although I have been trying recently, albeit not always successfully, to eat just half of a chicken instead of the whole … more
Sept. 13 was Roald Dahl Day, a holiday in honor of the late children’s author. I’ve loved Dahl’s books since I was a boy, including classics like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” … more
In late August, the government of California gave its residents two additional, and interrelated, reasons to consider moving elsewhere. First, the state’s Air Resources Board announced plans to … more
Elections have consequences, as we know all too well. This year’s Nov. 8 midyear elections could prove to be among the most consequential on both the federal and state levels. Whichever party … more
Darn, this human being thing … It’s hard, hard, hard. My deeply-held values meet my inherited reality. Sigh. I (proudly) have a bumper sticker affixed to my car, “Love Thy Neighbor … more
We watched the great and solemn events in Britain over the last few days. But we heard not a mention of North Carolina’s important connections to the royal family, to Elizabeth and … more
Years ago, when I was a teenager and dinosaurs roamed the earth, I always moaned — inwardly, of course, for my health’s sake — when my parents or someone the age I am now would … more
With the remembrance of 9/11, I think not only of the tragedy two decades ago, but the ongoing reality of religious violence. Members of the Baha’i community here in Chatham County alerted me … more
Does Alaska have a political message for North Carolina? Not a chance, you say. It’s too far away to have any connection to us. But wait a minute. There are some connections. Steve … more
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