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May 12, 2018

My wife insists that some stories are better left untold. Perhaps, but if newspaper columnists adhered to that rule we would have very little to say. This story is about tires, tire stores, and, I’m going to say, tiredness.

I decided many years ago to steer clear of tire stores, mainly…


May 06, 2018

Here are four more North Carolina-related books for your spring reading.

Many of us remember the court-ordered desegregation of schools back in the early 1970s. But we never really understood what it was like for the children whose routines and expectations were disrupted. Two female students, one…


May 06, 2018

We only get one life to live.

For better or worse in today’s world, a photo often has many thousands of incarnations. But it only takes one to add a spark to our own all-too-short earthly journey.

I’m thinking of a photo that still makes me laugh, even though I only saw it twice in a…

Bob Garner

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…


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…


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.


Bob Garner

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…


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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