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May 25, 2019

Ben Carson is living out a job fear that most people have — that someone might publicly hold them up as unqualified for the job they hold. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary is being ridiculed for hearing “Oreo,” the name of a cookie, when he was asked about the real…

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May 19, 2019

 

Patty's Place is a small downtown restaurant that serves lunch from 11 to 4. The place is busy, but quick, clean and pleasant. Patty cooks everything herself, the menu is short and the regular customers love it.

Her specialty is a large wedge of crustless green-chile quiche with a side salad…

JimMullen

May 19, 2019

 

Elizabeth City native De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s debut novel, “In West Mills” might be the blackest novel set in North Carolina this year, maybe ever.

This book is all about African Americans living and struggling in eastern North Carolina from about 1940 to 1987.…

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May 19, 2019

I love foreign languages and travel, I love alpine skiing and I love interesting local color. So when I had a chance to take a four-week paid sabbatical from work some years ago, I spent more than a year researching the perfect destination that could scratch all those itches simultaneously. Ruthie…

Bob Garner

May 19, 2019

Mom was our navigator, and her GPS was a 1966 book of maps that needed no correction for millionths of seconds.

In those days, the Global Positioning System was a military secret, so when she planned a 14,000-mile summer trip, she was on her own with pencils and a few brochures. In January she…

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May 15, 2019

This Pitt County Collaborative on Children, Youth and Families shared this column in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Giving encouragement is a way to help predict and promote the success of others,” so said my 87-year-old father during one of our recent long-distance phone…

Bonnie Jean Kuras

May 15, 2019

As most occupants of planet Earth know, last year's "Avengers: Infinity War" ended with the genocidal demigod Thanos using six "infinity stones" to erase half of all life in the universe.

It would have been logical to assume the sequel, "Avengers: Endgame," would start with lots of funerals, with…

Terry Mattingly

May 12, 2019

Regular readers of this column may recall that I have written about how difficult it is to be a dog owner when daylight saving time begins and ends.

My two little dogs have clocks in their heads (or perhaps, more accurately, their stomachs) that inform them when it is time to get up and when we…

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May 12, 2019

Note: The Community Collaborative on Children, Youth and Families shared this column in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Many people know that I work with children, but I am often asked “What exactly do you do?”

So, I explain to them that I work as a licensing coordinator…

Shannon Williams

May 12, 2019

All the hoopla about the new royal baby is unseemly and ridiculous. At least on this side of the Atlantic.

You can understand why the British might care. Every five minutes they spend hearing about the royal baby is five minutes they don't have to hear about Brexit. They will also have to watch…

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