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August 13, 2017

When I was young, my family made many long car trips in our trusty station wagon. There were five of us siblings, and we were spread across the vehicle — one in the front with our parents, three in the central seat and one lucky soul (usually me) in the “jump seat” way…

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August 13, 2017

Kevin Harvick always will have a fascinating connection to the Earnhardt family.

It was Dale Earnhardt’s death in February 2001 that suddenly propelled Harvick into a ride in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Many of Earnhardt’s fans immediately tabbed his son Dale Earnhardt Jr., as…

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August 12, 2017

My brother-in-law Dwain and I were discussing the importance of workday naps for improving individual productivity. Dwain is an insurance adjuster and allowed that his workday naps are made easier by a bed in his office.

"Yes!" I exclaimed. "A bed in every office! That is what America needs!"

Dwain…

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August 07, 2017

Change is a scary thing. Sometimes it can threaten our way of life or trample the values we hold so dear. But change is often times necessary for a society and, in this case, a community to grow.

Change is happening here in Greenville right now, and it's driven by recent graduates just entering the…

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August 06, 2017

In February, Kurt Busch was basking in the biggest race win of his career, having just added a Daytona 500 victory to his resume.

Six months later, it appears he is out of the No. 41 car at Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season.

Life comes at you fast, right?

NBCSports.com and Motorsport.com…

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August 06, 2017

The Purple-Gold Golf Open is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club.

All proceeds benefit the East Carolina Alumni Association scholarship fund, but golfers do not have to be an ECU alum to participate. The tournament information released states that “everyone is…

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August 05, 2017

Shortly after we adopted Max the rescue mutt, a veterinarian recommended a care plan that included brushing our new dog’s teeth. I said I could do biscuits or chew-treats designed to remove plaque, but that I would never use a toothbrush on a dog.

I was wrong.

The person who started that myth…

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July 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, The Daily Reflector ran a story declaring that home decorating with style and pet ownership were not mutually exclusive.

Drawing on my own experience, I would have to respectfully disagree.

Granted, my own little dogs Ollie and Einstein have run of the premises and often are…

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July 30, 2017

I’m not sure exactly how I would describe this year’s Brickyard 400, but the phrase “beautiful disaster” comes to mind.

For a race with a reputation for being a dud on the schedule, partially due to circumstances I wrote about in this column last week, the 2017 edition…

July 29, 2017

One of the good things about having older teenagers is that you can leave them at home for hours on end without adult supervision. One of the bad things is that they still have the capacity to beat each other up — even girls.

A pair of ours came to blows recently while no one was at home to…

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