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February 17, 2018

Our house has five telephones, each with a different number. Some have North Carolina area codes, some Tennessee. Ten years ago, I would have said that could never happen.

But here we are.

The digital devices that hold our phone numbers are way more than telephones, but that’s what we still…

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February 12, 2018

As we watch the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we have an incredible opportunity as a nation to come together and for the next two weeks set aside our differences to focus on what makes our nation great.

We will hear stories of athletes who overcame tremendous challenges on the road to becoming…

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February 11, 2018

I’m claiming to be juggling what I estimate to be a dozen TV projects. All are currently ailing … current, present or future. A weekly column and web thingie too? Hmm.

If TV is really the art of managing failure, that’s both an indictment and a shoddy see-through to everyone on…

Bob Garner

February 11, 2018

About this time every year, a series of photos begin to appear on my Facebook feed. They are labeled “memories,” and they cover a very specific topic.

When my beloved dachshund, Clifford, died in 2012, one of the ways I dealt with my grief was to write about him. I also posted many,…

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February 11, 2018

It may not be Christmas, but I dare anyone to try and fight me on whether it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Speedweeks at Daytona kicks off today with qualifying for next Sunday's Daytona 500 and the running of the Advance Auto Parts Clash, which is good because it falls right about…

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February 10, 2018

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong had been plucked from the ocean and quarantined before they got to see video footage of their historic moon landing from the Earth’s perspective.

“Hey,” Aldrin joked during the video, “we missed the whole thing.”

My family and a good…

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February 04, 2018

For eastern North Carolina male hunters and trappers of my generation, the wild game supper was the “adult” equivalent of the kid’s prank of putting a spider down a girl’s back at elementary school. It was practically guaranteed to evoke an “Ewww!” reaction.…

Bob Garner

February 03, 2018

It is said that the cat chooses you, not the other way around. The cat in my life has chosen to trash even the slimmest of chances that we might have become friends.

I definitely did not choose the cat that lives at our house. My wife, Sharon, discovered a kitten outside her office. He was near…

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January 28, 2018

I recently heard one sensible politician say that shutting down government is like a chemical weapon: It should be banned by thoughtful people of any political persuasion.

“Weaponized” blame is actually what ought to be banned.

Controlled blame directed at ourselves can be a useful…

Bob Garner

January 28, 2018

I’m thinking of making an offer on the Dail House.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the news, the Dail House is the former residence of East Carolina University’s chancellor. I say “former,” because the historic Fifth Street home apparently…

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