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Thoughts, words and deeds


Saturday, January 5, 2019

While walking my dog, I saw a trash can with a sign on it. I couldn’t read the words but found the possibilities of its script very, very intriguing.

These neighbors are not native peoples. That isn’t surprising as few of us are. In fact, there is a chance that they hail from the part of the world our president most often reviles. Should I think of them as dangerous harbingers of ill will, stay clear of them or be up in arms? How easily one’s mind is fraught with nefarious thoughts and frightening possibilities.

So, what did that ominous sign say? Surely your curiosity is piqued as was mine.

With a tug and a pull on my dog’s leash and my need to know, I crossed the street. There it was in bold script, written to the g-men: “Please ring the doorbell, we have a Christmas present for you.”

The innocence of a baby lying in a manger speaks to the innocence our fellow sojourners would like accorded to them. We all want that same presumption of innocence. This is not a frivolous thought, but a foothold of our democracy. We would do well to heed it.

In this New Year, let’s take an astronaut’s view of our planet. From this perspective who are the foreign born? Who are the we and who are the them? And what does the world need now, but love?

Maybe we are all variations of one in the same, charged with the safe keeping of our beautiful yet fragile planet. If we come to terms with that love responsibility and a willingness to add to the common good, we too can say, “Please ring the bell, I have a Christ-like present for you.”

Alison Lord Stuart



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


January 17, 2019

It's much too early to pick or accurately predict who might be the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020. But premature as it may be, and as totally uncertain with a wide and varied cadre of candidates, isn't it refreshing to see real, honest, down to earth human beings running for the office?…

January 13, 2019

With the death and funeral of President George H.W. Bush, our nation was jolted out of its dark mood by memories of a man who: frequently served his country with distinction; found nobility in his service to others; recognized that his moments of influence were fleeting and used those moments to…

January 12, 2019

I have a good plan for Silent Sam: Bring him to Little Washington, N.C., and put him in Oakdale Cemetery. I don’t think the people here will harm him.

The people here are much nicer than the people in Raleigh that are shipped in from every country and a whole lot of thugs, after all, the city…

January 12, 2019

This wall is a waste of money — money that could be well spent helping the lives of American citizens in need.

We are one of the only first-world countries in the world to not have universal healthcare, but we would rather spend billions of dollars on a wall.

This wall may put a bandaid on…

January 11, 2019

I was at a basketball practice. To improve shooting from the foul-line, the coach instituted a drill. If the player didn’t make the shot, the rest of the team had to run relays or do push-ups. This was for every player and every shot. It was grueling.

There were lessons, but the one that was…

January 10, 2019

The 27th Annual Eastern Carolina Unnatural Resources Fair is coming Feb. 1-3 with your support. If our residents weren’t creative and enjoyed entering, we wouldn’t have a fair.

In 26 years, we have had approximately 10,000 creative entries recreating our used resources. The fair is up…

January 09, 2019

Mitch McConnell is abdicating his Constitutional duties as leader of half of the first branch of government. Doing nothing is not an option and not the way our system works, and he degrades the office by acting as a minion whose job it is to protect the president at all costs.

This is the same man…

January 07, 2019

After a four-day news fast, how delighted I was to read two editorials in The Daily Reflector on issues that are dear to my heart.

The reprint of a Pittsburgh-Post Gazette piece credits the president with making the right decision to withdraw from Syria. Our government has spent too much blood and…

January 06, 2019

Trump, 72, Pelosi, 78, and Schumer, 68. All idiots, seated together but never look at the other while displaying their middle finger.

Give me billions. No, you give me ten Democrats. I want a wall. Nope, can't have it. Here ya go, I'll shut down jobs. Now our younger generation, dads and moms are…

January 06, 2019

My son, Jalen, enrolled at North Carolina Virtual Academy due to anxiety issues that seem so typical for teens. He had some developmental delays in early elementary school, setting the stage for academic challenges. We looked for options beyond the traditional brick and mortar classroom after Jalen…

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