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June 22, 2019

I will aspire to follow Mr. Lockhart’s lead and ‘make allowances’

You can tell old friends by the way they address each other’s parents. My longest forever friend is Paul Lockhart. Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but I could never call his parents anything besides Mr. and…


June 16, 2019

Even though I’ve spent a significant portion of my adult life working in TV, I was often too busy to actually watch much of it, or at least to pay much attention to the commercials.

Now that I’m semi-retired and am watching more television, mostly on cable news channels, I’m…

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June 11, 2019


East Carolina alum Cliff Godwin was hired as ECU’s 16th head baseball coach on June 25, 2014, and within a week, he and the Pirates received a verbal commitment from a local standout in D.H. Conley High School star hitter Bryant Packard.

In the following weeks and months, ECU…

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June 09, 2019

Having experienced deep depression firsthand, I now feel a sense of kinship with others who have struggled to overcome the same condition and still battle regularly to remain mentally healthy

As someone who’s in the public eye in a very minor way, it encourages me to know about far more…

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June 09, 2019

On our way to play golf today, Charlie and I couldn't think of the name of the movie star who had come up in our conversation. We could remember all the movies he was in, all his co-stars, all kinds of odd trivia about his life and times — everything but his name. That's all right; sometime…


June 09, 2019

This is the second of two columns on divisions inside United Methodism. Part 1 was published May 29.

The word "conversion" has been at the heart of Christianity for two millennia, with missionaries and evangelists urging sinners to repent and change their wicked ways.

Jesus also needed to be…

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June 08, 2019

I would hate to think that my livelihood depended on strangers answering their personal phones with me on the other end hoping for a pleasant and profitable conversation. What a depressing job that must be these days.

“Hi! This is Jerry with (city in North Carolina) Police Foundation,”…


June 05, 2019

There was still one more baseball game remaining in the NCAA Greenville Regional when visibly drained East Carolina coach Cliff Godwin sat down for a quick news conference Monday afternoon.

He started to talk, but after only a few words about the gutsy performance he just witnessed from pitcher…


June 02, 2019


For several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, my career was centered on producing industrial and commercial films and videos. It was an engaging time that took me to a lot of interesting places in the U.S., the Caribbean and the Mideast, but among my many memorable experiences, one…

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June 01, 2019

The snakes are back, but let’s not tell the cat. He loves surprises.

While I was picking a pot of cherries under Mom’s tree, a chigger apparently crawled up my leg and planted itself in the soft tissue of my calf. Poor thing must have been running from the snake that slithered by. A 6-…

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