January 13, 2019

While I have been traveling up and down North Carolina’s roads in search of local eateries, UNC Law School professor Gene Nichol has been traveling the same roads looking for something else.

I was gathering material for my book, “North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries,” and…


January 13, 2019

The first mistake was opening the refrigerator door. I opened it silently, but it emits a silent sound unknown to science that only cats can hear. From under the bedcovers at the other end of the house. And they do not need to walk or run to the refrigerator to inspect what I'm doing. One second,…


January 12, 2019

Serving as your own general contractor on a home construction project means you can save some cash by serving as the cleanup crew. And if you’re lucky, your spouse will pitch in. I’m lucky.

My wife, Sharon, and I were feverishly working at the building site one recent evening clearing…

Mark Rutledge 2

January 06, 2019

A new year is a time for resolutions, a prospect that always gives me pause. It is not that I don’t need a little self-improvement, it’s simply that changing bad habits is challenging and difficult and those are not words I readily embrace.

In the past, I often have limited my goals to…


January 06, 2019

It was in 1983 that parents told leaders of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, west of New Orleans, that Father Gilbert Gauthe had molested their sons.

Dominos started falling. The bishop offered secret settlements to nine families — but one refused to remain silent.

The rest is a long,…

Terry Mattingly

January 06, 2019

What really happened to Virginia Dare, the first child of English parents born in the New World? The same Virginia Dare whom I suggested recently belonged on “The World Almanac’s” list of famous North Carolinians.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Sir Walter Raleigh’s…


January 06, 2019

The nurse asked me if I had a living will. "Yes, I do," I said.

"Did you bring it with you?"

"No, I didn't."

"Why not?"

"Well, I'm only here to have my teeth cleaned. I didn't really think I'd need it." I could see how important that would be if I was having a filling, or a wisdom tooth pulled, but…


December 30, 2018

I was talking to my friend Charlie on the phone last night, and he said he had to go eat dinner. He mentioned he was pretty hungry because he had forgotten to eat lunch. Forgotten to eat lunch? There's a phrase I have never used in my life. Usually, while I am eating lunch, I am planning what I am…


December 30, 2018

If it's the Christmas season, it's time for the Fred and Beverly Santa photo. Our two basset hounds have passed, but the Santa photo lives on — a family classic. I defy anybody to look at it without smiling: Beverly lolling happily in St. Nick's lap, with Fred indignant and under restraint:…

Gene Lyons

December 30, 2018

 One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the arrival of “The World Almanac and Book of Facts.”

Its thousand pages of fine print are a valuable resource. But there is a problem. When I gave a copy the other day to a friend, he took a look, shook his head, and said,…

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