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September 29, 2018

Tommy Emmanuel is among the greatest guitar players alive. And now that I own one of his signature D’Andrea USA 1.5-mm Pro Plec guitar picks, I expect that my own level of playing will climb a couple of notches.

Known for his energetic and technical fingerstyle playing, Emmanuel is often…

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September 23, 2018

One of the great joys of walking dogs is the opportunity to make new friends as you are out and about.

Dog lovers have an instant connection, and I have met many wonderful people while strolling around the townhouses and condos in our neighborhood with Ollie and Einstein.

The Storm boys are…


September 23, 2018

Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence.

I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in Kinston.

Would the floods from Hurricane Florence put that puppy out of business in the same way that Hurricane…


September 22, 2018

Sharon and I took our first college student out for a late dinner this week after some computer shopping. An amazingly knowledgeable young man in the computer store hooked us up with what he considered the optimal choice in a laptop for engineering majors.

I keep reassuring Carly that she is free…


September 16, 2018

It should come as no surprise that Pitt Community College found its new president, Lawrence Rouse, just 63 miles down the road in Kenansville.

Rouse is a native of Sumpter, South Carolina, but he spent 13 years in Duplin County as president and CEO of James Sprunt Community College.


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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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