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December 02, 2018

By this time you read this column, baking week will have begun and I will be up to my elbows in flour, sugar butter and little dogs who are desperately hoping that something tasty will fall to the floor. 

Baking week has been my tradition for close to a decade. I take the first week of…

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December 02, 2018

“Because he was a traitor and a pirate,” East Carolina University professor and leading North Carolina public historian, Larry Tise, explained to his sons why Sir Walter Raleigh spent 15 years in the Tower of London and was then beheaded.

In the Nov. 1 News & Observer, Tise wrote…

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December 01, 2018

My wedding band is living in my wife’s jewelry box until the swelling goes down. When I bend that finger, there’s trickle of pain accompanied by an urge to buy goats. Strange but true.

I’m fortunate to not be suffering from the kind of terrible arthritis that afflicted my…

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November 28, 2018

Q I am a health coach and I have been asked about bulletproof coffee. Can you help? CD, Greenville

A This is another “stump the professor question”. So, I turned to Radhika Kothadia, a Brody medical student, to explain it to all of us who might not be aware of this trend that has no…

Kolasa, Kathy

November 25, 2018

CINCINNATI

As East Carolina football seniors and other players were rightfully celebrating their runaway senior night win against Connecticut on Nov. 17, there also was an undertone of reality in the presence of a crucial two-game test to end ECU’s third season under coach Scottie Montgomery.…

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November 25, 2018

What happened to all the cigarette machines that used to be in every store, bar and gas station in the country not so many years ago?

In case you're under 40, these were big, heavy machines, about half the size of a soda vending machine, loaded up with the top-selling brands of cigarettes:…

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November 24, 2018

The whispers began before Sister Thea Bowman reached Colorado for one of the final mission trips she would make before dying in 1990 at the age of 52.

The only African-American in the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Bowman was a charismatic teacher, singer and evangelist, and her…

Terry Mattingly

November 19, 2018

A couple entertaining runs by star-in-the-making freshman quarterback Holton Ahlers quickly guided East Carolina to 100 and then 150 rushing yards Saturday night versus Connecticut in ECU’s final home football game of the season.

Then 150 became 200 and 200 to 300 and 300 to 400.

By the end…

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November 18, 2018

As the breeze twirls dust over the rocks of a vast and grainy landscape, as grit and ash ripple and dance into rift and reticulum, accreting a piece of the whole, a part of the main, weaving new rock from old sand; there, along the brush-stroke barrens of an ancient desert, one can see to eternity.…

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November 17, 2018

“You watch out for those possums on that Possum Hollow Road,” my mother will say after my nightly visits to her house. Possums are the least of my worries. Jumping deer and standing cows. Those I watch out for.

Possum Hollow Road is a three-mile stretch of blacktop between the little…

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