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September 16, 2018

How did Carrboro writer and teacher Georgann Eubanks become the leader of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association?

In a word, she earned a top role in our state’s cultural community by her diligent and unselfish community service that has made things better for all of us. For…


September 16, 2018

A convoy of large, four-wheel-drive trucks pulling white trailers passed me on I-81 rolling east on Tuesday. I couldn’t make out all of the words on their vehicles, but two of them, “disaster response,” made my heart swell.

Twenty years ago, I’m not so sure I would have felt…

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September 10, 2018

As reporters waited in the postgame interview room Saturday after East Carolina’s 41-19 football win over North Carolina, walls could not block the noise coming from down the hallway of the Ward Sports Medicine Building.

It was difficult to decipher the exact words or chants, but members of…


September 09, 2018

It’s time to open my soul a little bit and to come clean.

I struggle with a condition that involves therapy, a measure of anxiety and something that can sound even worse than depression, or cancer, for that matter.

It’s sometimes called “unspecified affective disorder” and…

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September 09, 2018

In 1988, a relative of mine was the victim of a very random and senseless crime: arson. I was only 20 at the time, but was already studying insurance and so I was fascinated by what happened in terms of the insurance claim afterwards.

I want to share with you a very valuable lesson I learned.


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September 08, 2018

For the second time in my life — and hopefully the last — I have connected a rural homesite (my own this time) to a municipal water source. It is an experience that upholds the wisdom in Ted Knight’s scholarly advice as Judge Elihu Smails in the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack:…

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September 04, 2018

Life is often about choices, except when there is only one option.

When East Carolina’s football players stormed out of the Murphy Center amid purple smoke on Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium around 7:45 p.m. and were amped to kick off against North Carolina A&T, they were quickly…


September 02, 2018

As September rolls in, Americans are once again on the cusp of election season. And this year, one candidate is unafraid to address the big issues.

His name is Thor Michaelson and he wants to rid the world of vacuum cleaners.

Thor is a stately German shepherd mix, and I discovered his campaign on…


September 02, 2018

"This may be the last time we get together like this."

We hoped he was wrong. But my classmates and I knew that Charles Holland, the organizer of my North Mecklenburg High School Class of 1958's 60th reunion, might be right.

Time is closing in on us.

But what a time we have had. We have lived…


September 01, 2018

According to a recent study, laziness might actually contribute to longevity. That should give my teenage children an excellent shot at immortality.

A University of Kansas research team looked through a 5-million-year window to analyze the metabolic rates of 299 species. They could have made it an…

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