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February 24, 2019

North Carolina State University’s Harrelson Hall was an oddity. The cylindrical, UFO-looking building on my alma mater’s campus featured a winding, spiral ramp leading students to windowless classrooms. At best, the math classes taught in that building induced marathon study sessions.…


February 24, 2019


My wife Ruthie and I both work outside the home, but I’m a freelancer, whereas she keeps to an assigned schedule. So, I end up doing most of our grocery shopping.

Thoroughly domesticated, I also do most of the cooking. I believe I have a fairly good overall strategy, and I do make…

Bob Garner

February 24, 2019

Why would anybody want to spend months walking from the South Carolina coast, up through the Piedmont to present-day Charlotte, and then back east to the North Carolina tidewater?

There are two good reasons, one from more than 300 years ago and the other from modern times.

First, a newcomer to…


February 23, 2019

One of the most important rules for keeping a personal column in circulation, a wise old editor once said to me, is to never write about the weather.

“Weather columns are obvious placeholders for when the idea machine is broken,” he advised.

I wrote that quote down on a piece of paper…

Mark Rutledge 2

February 20, 2019

February has rolled around once again, and I’ve been invited to another wild game supper on a nearby farm.

The menu always depends largely on what’s in the freezer.

This year, it looks like our feast will include bear stew, since three bears were harvested on the farm during the most…

Bob Garner

February 17, 2019

The pulse of the universe beats in the air of Pluto.

Pluto, the famous dwarf planet in our Solar System, is cold, extremely cold, year round. It is especially cold during its 124-year long winter, when it is so frigid that its wan atmosphere freezes to the icy surface. Then, in summer, the ice…


February 17, 2019

One Father's Day, when I was 6 years old, I asked my dad why there was no such thing as "Kids' Day," and he said, "Because every day is kids' day." And that's my feeling about Presidents Day. Every day is Presidents Day. Besides, I'm not quite sure if not getting my mail is going to make me think…


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…

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