December 16, 2018

Every Christmas, my social media accounts are bombarded with photos and videos of adorable animals being given as gifts.

While it is heartwarming to see people’s reactions to receiving a puppy or kitten, the reality is considerably less cute: in the months after the holiday season ends a lot…

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December 16, 2018

“The real mystery after half a century,” Wyndham Robertson says, “is why life at the top of large American corporations still seems so overwhelmingly male.”

Writing in The New York Times on Nov. 29, the Salisbury native and Chapel Hill resident remembered when, 50 years ago,…


December 15, 2018

When you maintain a fleet of vehicles, there’s going to be a lemon in the bunch now and again. I’m ready to cut my losses and pass our lemon on to the next citrus sucker.

With three teenage drivers, we have a lot of cars in the family. My strategy has been to put the kids in older and…

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December 09, 2018


In the Spring of 1986 I was invited by the deputy chief of staff for Vice President George H. W. Bush to a meeting with the vice president in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House. At the time, I was a young executive in the U.S. Department of Commerce working…

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December 08, 2018

We have a skinny Christmas tree this year with fewer decorations and no topper at all. I like it, but the girls are not thrilled. They are especially frowny that their gaudy treetop angel is missing.

It’s probably somewhere in storage, where most of our belongings are waiting for the new…


December 05, 2018

Dave Hart didn’t even know how to finish his sentence.

He has been in athletics administration since the early 1980s and seen just about everything, except for what happened with him and East Carolina finalizing an athletics director search and football coaching search at the same time.…


December 03, 2018


East Carolina’s Jake Verity lined up to kick a field goal at soggy Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday and booted the ball through the uprights from 46 yards away to end the game and the Pirates’ third straight 3-9 season.

Final score: N.C. State 58, East Carolina 3.

That reads…

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December 02, 2018

Scottie Montgomery came to East Carolina as the classic workaholic.

He was the guy who hates vacations, who is waking up for a new day around the same time he is falling asleep from the last one. He once told me that when he got a break during the late afternoon, he usually celebrated it with a…


December 02, 2018

By this time you read this column, baking week will have begun and I will be up to my elbows in flour, sugar butter and little dogs who are desperately hoping that something tasty will fall to the floor. 

Baking week has been my tradition for close to a decade. I take the first week of…


December 02, 2018

“Because he was a traitor and a pirate,” East Carolina University professor and leading North Carolina public historian, Larry Tise, explained to his sons why Sir Walter Raleigh spent 15 years in the Tower of London and was then beheaded.

In the Nov. 1 News & Observer, Tise wrote…

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