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February 17, 2019

One of the surest signs of middle age is a Facebook feed full of friends detailing their medical ailments.

Just this week, I counted not one, not two, but three pals who were undergoing knee replacement surgery. One proudly posted a post-op X-ray showing what looked like a spring in her leg.…


February 16, 2019

I told the physical therapist that she had a motivated patient. And sure enough, I covered enough ground to end our weekly visits after just three.

On the scale for reasons to be in a physical therapy clinic waiting room, a hurt finger ranks low. Something about sitting there wearing an ace bandage…

Mark Rutledge 2

February 10, 2019

You're from out of town going 65 mph down the highway heading west, and you want to catch another highway going north. What do you think the exit sign should say in 3-foot-tall letters?

A) Gophertown

B) Exit 42

C) Gov. Tiddwilly Memorial Highway

D) Pinewood Mall

Quick, you've got nanoseconds to…


February 10, 2019

I was thinking recently about all the fallout from the removal of the Confederate soldier statue, “Silent Sam,” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

That, in turn, led me to remember the deafening silence of UNC’s first African American cheerleader, Jimmy Womack, during the football season of 1966…

Bob Garner

February 10, 2019

North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border.

Our state’s real emergency is a real threat to its dominant position in the world of barbecue.

Forget for a moment about our…


February 09, 2019

Someone recently messaged me on the internet asking for sheet music to one of my late father’s songs. “The Cross Was His Own” is probably Dad’s most successful gospel composition. Several notable singing groups have recorded it, and the royalty checks might have topped $200…


February 03, 2019

I recently read about a Rocky Mount native who has started her own cat magazine. 

This in itself hardly seems remarkable, as many magazines already exist celebrating all things feline. What sets this particular publication apart is its content, which its owner insists — tongue firmly in…


February 03, 2019

You won't see the best Super Bowl ad because CBS refuses to run it. It's a commercial for medical marijuana from a cannabis company called Acreage Holdings. No doubt we will see an ad like this, somewhere, in the near future.

It should make you wonder how marijuana got so popular without…


February 03, 2019

There is a secret about North Carolina’s early colonial days, something even more disturbing and horrifying than traditional slavery.

I learned about it reading UNC-Wilmington professor David La Vere’s “The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies.…


February 02, 2019

When my brother came into the world, his older siblings were well into public education, and our mother had re-entered her career as a schoolteacher. I’m not saying Jeff wasn’t planned, but other plans had definitely been launched.

I cannot imagine life without my brother. If not for…

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