July 23, 2017

The universe is a very empty place. There’s not much there.

What little is there is hurtling around at scales to which we are, like muggles, oblivious.

Mostly, this is because our eyes can’t distinguish anything smaller than the width of a human hair. But a lot goes on down there.


July 23, 2017

When the news was released in late May that East Carolina was going to be partnering with Rick Ware Racing to sponsor a Monster Energy Cup Series entry, the concept seemed simple enough.

RWR put the Pirates’ colors and logos on their No. 51 Chevrolet at no cost to the university, at the same…


July 22, 2017

Time magazine wrote a few months ago about the misery of misophonia, a malady that health scientists only recently agreed to consider an actual disorder. I discovered it after my wife put the condition on display at the dinner table.

People who suffer from misophonia can become highly annoyed by…


July 16, 2017

As a dog lover, I know this sad truth: for every pampered pooch living in a loving home, there are dozens more who live mostly in misery — hungry, alone, abandoned or abused.

Such canines occasionally get lucky — finding a human whose heart is touched by their plight. This is the story…


July 16, 2017

I can’t remember the first time I heard of Martin Truex Jr.

The earliest memory I have of him is seeing him in what is now the Xfinity Series, driving a No. 8 car owned by Chance 2 Motorsports, besting team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the spring race at Talladega. Being 13 years old and a…

NASCAR Kentucky Auto Racing-2

July 15, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time in 30 years, I’m walking the streets of downtown Nashville. So far nothing looks familiar.

I’m in town with my wife, Sharon, who is working a booth at the summer convention for NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. An audiologist,…


July 08, 2017

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a column about the NASCAR “silly season.”

All the questions I laid out in that column are still unanswered. Will Ryan Blaney remain with the Wood Brothers? What about Brad Keselowski? And who will take over the No. 88 car for the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr.?…

NASCAR Daytona Xfinity Auto Racing-3

July 08, 2017

Watching television has never been this low on my list of priorities. So low, in fact, that I went to the cable office recently for one final-and-forevermore experience waiting in the customer service line.

I know I have written before about cutting the cord and ending my association with cable,…

July 04, 2017

Quondramec Moore’s toughness was a constant when she was on the court for North Pitt’s girls’ basketball team, and not always in the best way.

It only makes sense that she’s heading down a career path to put that toughness to good use.

As people around the country…


July 02, 2017

Some places are just right, no matter how humble their origins.

Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island beside it, turns out to be just such a place. Liberty is a ragtag regolith of sedimentary diaspora: it is piled deep with debris from oceans, landslides, glaciers and the…

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