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February 20, 2019

February has rolled around once again, and I’ve been invited to another wild game supper on a nearby farm.

The menu always depends largely on what’s in the freezer.

This year, it looks like our feast will include bear stew, since three bears were harvested on the farm during the most…

Bob Garner

February 17, 2019

The pulse of the universe beats in the air of Pluto.

Pluto, the famous dwarf planet in our Solar System, is cold, extremely cold, year round. It is especially cold during its 124-year long winter, when it is so frigid that its wan atmosphere freezes to the icy surface. Then, in summer, the ice…

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February 17, 2019

One Father's Day, when I was 6 years old, I asked my dad why there was no such thing as "Kids' Day," and he said, "Because every day is kids' day." And that's my feeling about Presidents Day. Every day is Presidents Day. Besides, I'm not quite sure if not getting my mail is going to make me think…

JimMullen

February 17, 2019

One of the surest signs of middle age is a Facebook feed full of friends detailing their medical ailments.

Just this week, I counted not one, not two, but three pals who were undergoing knee replacement surgery. One proudly posted a post-op X-ray showing what looked like a spring in her leg.…

bionicman

February 16, 2019

I told the physical therapist that she had a motivated patient. And sure enough, I covered enough ground to end our weekly visits after just three.

On the scale for reasons to be in a physical therapy clinic waiting room, a hurt finger ranks low. Something about sitting there wearing an ace bandage…

Mark Rutledge 2

February 10, 2019

You're from out of town going 65 mph down the highway heading west, and you want to catch another highway going north. What do you think the exit sign should say in 3-foot-tall letters?

A) Gophertown

B) Exit 42

C) Gov. Tiddwilly Memorial Highway

D) Pinewood Mall

Quick, you've got nanoseconds to…

JimMullen

February 10, 2019

I was thinking recently about all the fallout from the removal of the Confederate soldier statue, “Silent Sam,” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

That, in turn, led me to remember the deafening silence of UNC’s first African American cheerleader, Jimmy Womack, during the football season of 1966…

Bob Garner

February 10, 2019

North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border.

Our state’s real emergency is a real threat to its dominant position in the world of barbecue.

Forget for a moment about our…

Nielsens

February 09, 2019

Someone recently messaged me on the internet asking for sheet music to one of my late father’s songs. “The Cross Was His Own” is probably Dad’s most successful gospel composition. Several notable singing groups have recorded it, and the royalty checks might have topped $200…

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February 03, 2019

I recently read about a Rocky Mount native who has started her own cat magazine. 

This in itself hardly seems remarkable, as many magazines already exist celebrating all things feline. What sets this particular publication apart is its content, which its owner insists — tongue firmly in…

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