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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…


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…


November 11, 2018

Losing a child before his or her first birthday is an unthinkable tragedy for any parent — and unfortunately it occurs too often in North Carolina, where we far outpace the nation in infant mortality.

With over seven deaths per 1,000 live births vs. the national average of fewer than six per…

Anita Bachmann

November 11, 2018

Anyone familiar with the story of Peter Pan probably remembers the crocodile with a clock in its belly that warns Captain Hook of its approach: Tick Tock.

If that crocodile was a dog, however, he wouldn’t have needed to swallow a clock to keep perfect time.

My little dogs Ollie and Einstein…


November 10, 2018

Squirming around under a house has never been high on my list of things that cannot be postponed. I can never peer into a crawl space entry without hearing Gomer Pyle utter one of the greatest understatements of all time: “Could be spiders!”

Homebuilders and architects work continuously…

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November 05, 2018

The most important two-day stretch of the fall semester for East Carolina athletics came crashing over Greenville on Friday and Saturday.

The days represented separate, yet congruent and utterly important missions bound to mesh more and more as November progresses and December nears.



November 04, 2018


I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

The Vikings may have surrendered a few points here and there in the beginning of a first set during the regular season, of course, but to be as deep as 20 points into a set and…


November 04, 2018

Why would I ask you to read from a column I wrote almost 30 years ago?

When I read that column, tearfully, at a recent family reunion, I knew I wanted to share it with you, just in case you missed it back in 1987.

That year was one of triumph for my mother.

In 1933 she finished college and left her…

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