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September 14, 2019

Are you easily distracted by beautiful landscapes or unique gardens? Would you love to know the trick to growing fruits and veggies? Just wish you could figure out how to rid yourself of those stubborn mystery weeds?

Well, as a self-titled ‘professional plant nerd’, my answer to all of…


September 14, 2019

When my wife chose Sept. 13 for our wedding day in 1997, she was not looking ahead to see that our 22nd anniversary would fall on Friday the 13th under a full moon.

“So what are we going to do on our anniversary?” I asked Sharon a few days before.

“Oh, probably the same thing we…

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September 09, 2019

Before Mike Houston celebrated his first victory as East Carolina’s football coach and brought much-needed joy to Pirate fans, he already had won over Pirate Nation.

What unfolded Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, whether viewing from a fresh seat inside TowneBank Tower or a traditional…


September 08, 2019

Saturday, I came full circle.

I had the opportunity to sit in the new press box at East Carolina's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and my thoughts were “how much this has changed since I first sat in one on this field.”

Way back in the fall of 1963, I was living in Goldsboro and writing for the…


September 07, 2019

Letter writing is not what it used to be, so I get excited when something arrives in the mailbox with my name on it. No letters lately, but in the span of two weeks the same friend mailed movies, on DVD, that he thought I would enjoy.

I watch movies these days about as often as I write letters. And…


September 02, 2019


The sequence is easy to envision — East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahlers sheds the tackle attempt and powers the final few yards into the end zone for a Pirate touchdown Saturday, not long after a noon kickoff, at sold-out Carter-Finley Stadium.

ECU scores on its first offensive…


August 31, 2019

A neighborhood buddy and I made a batch of blackberry wine when we were about 12. We never got more than a taste before it went to vinegar, but it still made trouble for my dad at his job.

Preachers were not supposed to let their kids make wine.

A deacon at the church caught wind of our winemaking…


August 25, 2019

What does a story told by a Jewish rabbi late last month at Chautauqua, N.Y., have to do with the North Carolina Board of Elections?

First a word about Chautauqua. Founded in 1874, it is the host to more than 100,000 visitors each summer. They participate in a series of lectures about religious,…


August 25, 2019

Badwater all starts as Goodwater.

Badwater Basin is the name of the lowest location in the United States, within Death Valley National Park. It is a saltpan valley 282 feet below sea level. If it wasn’t surrounded by mountains, it would flood Underwater.

It looks like a sea of ice in the hot…


August 24, 2019

In the middle of a lake is no place to be powerless. But there is usually a measure of life-affirming experience that comes from running out of gas.

It was a long time ago, and I’m not sure if I was there or if I’ve just heard the story so many times. What I know happened is that the…

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