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May 05, 2018

We made it up to Flag Pond for the Upper East Tennessee Fiddlers Convention again last weekend, and I realized a couple of things: The old school building is seeing brighter days, and square dancing is something I probably ought to do.

Flag Pond is a small community in Unicoi County that sits just…

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April 29, 2018

Is the cold weather really over at last? And if the warmer season is here, what are some good books you should consider for your spring reading list?

Here are four recent novels from three of North Carolina’s most popular writers and a promising debut author, all of them featured on recent or…

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April 28, 2018

My 16-year-old daughter, Julia, got the dark-wood, Victorian antique bed she wanted, and it set her dad back only $100 and five days’ hard labor.

Julia shares her grandfather’s and her father’s affinity for fine antiques. I wrote here a few weeks ago about her need to upgrade in…

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April 22, 2018

I’m stuck with a hoarder’s memory.

My brain — my attic, if you will — is entirely too full of random stuff. Entire passages of books I’ve read. Minor details of geography. Lyrics of Broadway show tunes. Odd bits of trivia with little apparent use or connectivity.

I…

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April 22, 2018

My mother died two decades ago, but I have never stopped missing her. During the spring the ache is a bit more acute.

My mother was a wonderful gardener. When Michigan’s icy grip finally gave way to warmer weather she was out the door and working on one of the many flower beds that surrounded…

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April 21, 2018

We were born the final year of World War II and, not coincidentally, the year before the Baby Boom began. Our waistlines have thickened and our hairlines thinned, as have, with increasing frequency, our numbers, but we gather in Greenville to commemorate the 55th reunion of the Rose High School…

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April 21, 2018

The 2005 minivan rolled a little beyond 200,000 miles and decided that this would be the finish line. The catalytic converter was rattling, the transmission was knocking, and the air conditioner was on the blink — again.

“We have to do something,” said Sharon, who was about to…

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April 15, 2018

The April breezes that follow March freezes are just teases for a balloon to wander where it pleases.

To put it in the terms of a homework problem, If a weather balloon leaves Catawba Valley Community College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, where will the payload land?

It’s not a fruitless problem.…

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April 15, 2018

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told me recently in Durham.

The 85-year-old justice had lots to say about her personal struggles as law student, young lawyer looking for…

DGMartin

April 08, 2018

Most of us have heard the phrase, “You can’t win for losing.” It reflects a kind of pessimism that I ordinarily like to shrug off, but there is some truth in the heart of the sentiment.

I have been thinking about that phrase ever since I encountered a bicyclist pedaling down…

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