February 19, 2017

We are transitioning to a new computer system at work, and to be honest, it has been difficult for me. I am struggling to remember commands and keyboard shortcuts, setup requirements and crash triggers.

Part of the problem is that I loved our old system. I have been working in it for many years,…


February 18, 2017

Everything changes. That’s the unfortunate truth of life. 

As frustrating as that can be, it makes it all the more fun when things can revert back to what we yearn for them to be again.

I’ve never been one to get caught up on the names of races. The concept of event…


February 18, 2017

At volleyball practice one recent evening, my daughter and the other girls on her team were touching forearms after each point instead of hands. The devastating flu season has the schools closed and everyone thinking twice about touching hands — which raises an important question:

Why must…

February 16, 2017

Three times this American Athletic Conference basketball season the East Carolina Pirates have laid the foundation for extended success, then laid an egg in the next game.

After starting American play with a 60-49 victory over South Florida on Dec. 28, the Pirates were blown out 75-44 at home…


February 12, 2017

Diamonds are forever, give or take a few billion years. The physical properties of sparkle and fire, from an optical index that bends light like a periscope, to a rate of heat flow twice as fast as copper’s, to a mineral hardness far beyond that of all other rocks, have made both industrial…


February 11, 2017

At some point during the past couple of decades, Valentine’s Day and Christmas went to the Halloween dark side to create one continuous candy season. The evil conspiracy, during February, seeks to cloud the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.

The office candy basket where I work now goes…


February 05, 2017

News coverage has been a hot-button topic for years in Washington. Many elected officials have, at one time or another, complained that reporting on them was biased or incomplete.

President Donald Trump has taken that practice to a new level, however, by declaring certain outlets are producing…


February 04, 2017

A father naturally hopes that one of his kids will share with him some enduring and meaningful attribute that might be passed along to yet another generation. With three daughters and no sons, my pathway of patriarchal progeny is further narrowed.

One daughter got my seasonal allergies, one is…

January 28, 2017

East Carolina baseball began practice Friday at Clark-LeClair Stadium, the site that is the key to the Pirates’ season.

There are still improvements going on at the stadium in a renovation project that was a big factor in keeping coach Cliff Godwin from going to Alabama and coincides with the…


January 28, 2017

While conducting important research on the internet recently about the perils of low humidity, I stumbled onto a video interview with a long-retired newspaper editor answering questions about the history of Georgia politics.

An old editor droning on about dead politicians is about as dry as…

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