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February 03, 2018

It is said that the cat chooses you, not the other way around. The cat in my life has chosen to trash even the slimmest of chances that we might have become friends.

I definitely did not choose the cat that lives at our house. My wife, Sharon, discovered a kitten outside her office. He was near…

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January 28, 2018

I recently heard one sensible politician say that shutting down government is like a chemical weapon: It should be banned by thoughtful people of any political persuasion.

“Weaponized” blame is actually what ought to be banned.

Controlled blame directed at ourselves can be a useful…

Bob Garner

January 28, 2018

I’m thinking of making an offer on the Dail House.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the news, the Dail House is the former residence of East Carolina University’s chancellor. I say “former,” because the historic Fifth Street home apparently…

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January 27, 2018

My friend Chuck Hall recently posted on social media a video of someone riding above the ocean on something that looks like a water-powered jet-pack skateboard.

“I'm doing this before I die,” Chuck had written next to the video.

My comment: “I'm not doing this, so that I might go…

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January 21, 2018

A high point of my holidays was a return to Raleigh’s Angus Barn after a long absence. It was grandly decked out for Christmas, as always.

But neither Biltmore-scale decorations nor the exquisite steak dinner our family enjoyed was at the heart of my pleasure.

No, it was the warmth with which…

Bob Garner

January 21, 2018

Sports Editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly expeditions on the Tar River and beyond to explore the river’s character and its characters.

FALKLAND — Easily a hundred miles had been motored through the Tar-Pamlico River system since I began exploring it in earnest last February, and at…

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January 21, 2018

In a few weeks the Olympics will be upon us, just days after a polar snowsplosion put us in mind of frozen water. We can’t help but think about ice, and feathers, and bricks.

Which weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks? The answer is not really a joke, but a scientific principle…

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January 20, 2018

During a recent conversation with a friend my age, I was asked if I’m beginning to lose my train of thought during conversation. I said I’ve always had that issue, and my friend asked if I think the problem might be getting worse as we become older.

“What problem?” I asked.…

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January 14, 2018

Neuse River fish stew is probably as localized a dish as can be found anywhere in the United States. The stew’s popularity seems to be confined largely to areas of Wayne, Lenoir, Greene and Pitt counties within a 50-mile radius of Kinston.

It’s usually a winter thing and is often a…

Bob Garner

January 14, 2018

The recent snowfall, along with residual ice, was hard on many people. But I suspect few had as trying a time as parents of young children.

With school out of session for most of the week, it is a certain bet that at some point parents had to listen to their children pleading, “We want…

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