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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.


March 20, 2019

ECU chancellor resigns. What’s next? Here’s a win-win-win-win for taxpayers, students, parents and ECU.

I’m pretty sure I’m in the ballpark on these numbers. A head hunter company conducts a national search. Cost, plus expenses bringing in candidates, is likely $100,000 plus.…

March 20, 2019

This is alarming!

The Trump administration and acting EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler (a former coal industry lobbyist), have put forth a proposal that could have devastating effects on the waters of the US and specifically here in NC where we have 12,210 square miles of watersheds. Their…

March 18, 2019

I am writing this letter to thank all the volunteers who made my last Upward Basketball season so much fun!

Special thanks to Mr. Lennie Furlough for organizing the Upward program at Jarvis Church, and to Mr. David Campbell for spending many hours serving as my team's coach.

I also appreciate all…

March 18, 2019

It seems to me that many of the acts of terrorism (read mass shootings) through the world today are by white supremacists. These shootings are then dismissed by many people I know due to ignorance and fear of the victims religion or cultural background. After the most recent act, in New Zealand…

March 17, 2019

Dear Sen. Tillis,

Four weeks ago I shared with one of your staff members that I admired you as a man of courage and conviction when you penned your Washington Post op-ed opposing the president's "executive overreach" on immigration.

You stated, “It’s never a tough vote for me when…

March 17, 2019

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” (Dr. Seuss) This timely quote reminds me of a conversation I had with a cousin of mine recently. He informed me that his daughter at Bertie High School, where I graduated in…

March 16, 2019

When my husband and I go to the theater, we usually get front and center seats. We have also enjoyed living our lives, where ever we have been, in that same location. It’s our choice and the privilege of the young. If you work hard, aim high, and fit right in, you get the good seats.


March 15, 2019

What good is a city if not for its neighborhoods? A city's neighborhoods define its character, its safety, its attractiveness and its beauty. Big buildings, parking garages and businesses can certainly appeal to prospective residents, but only supplement the surrounding neighborhoods.

Some people…

March 11, 2019

Look up the word 'socialism.' According to my Webster's it means: "social system based on shared or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."

Make no mistake, our government will never produce and distribute our furniture, clothes, electronic…

March 10, 2019

The March 6 edition of The Daily Reflector carried a column by Walter Williams in which most of the space is used to run through various historical cataclysms that failed to blow our planet apart — Krakatoa, the great earthquakes in Chile and Indonesia, and so on. He concludes that the Earth…

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