January 21, 2018

A high point of my holidays was a return to Raleigh’s Angus Barn after a long absence. It was grandly decked out for Christmas, as always.

But neither Biltmore-scale decorations nor the exquisite steak dinner our family enjoyed was at the heart of my pleasure.

No, it was the warmth with which…

Bob Garner

January 21, 2018

Sports Editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly expeditions on the Tar River and beyond to explore the river’s character and its characters.

FALKLAND — Easily a hundred miles had been motored through the Tar-Pamlico River system since I began exploring it in earnest last February, and at…


January 21, 2018

In a few weeks the Olympics will be upon us, just days after a polar snowsplosion put us in mind of frozen water. We can’t help but think about ice, and feathers, and bricks.

Which weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks? The answer is not really a joke, but a scientific principle…


January 20, 2018

During a recent conversation with a friend my age, I was asked if I’m beginning to lose my train of thought during conversation. I said I’ve always had that issue, and my friend asked if I think the problem might be getting worse as we become older.

“What problem?” I asked.…

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January 14, 2018

Neuse River fish stew is probably as localized a dish as can be found anywhere in the United States. The stew’s popularity seems to be confined largely to areas of Wayne, Lenoir, Greene and Pitt counties within a 50-mile radius of Kinston.

It’s usually a winter thing and is often a…

Bob Garner

January 14, 2018

The recent snowfall, along with residual ice, was hard on many people. But I suspect few had as trying a time as parents of young children.

With school out of session for most of the week, it is a certain bet that at some point parents had to listen to their children pleading, “We want…


January 13, 2018

During a recent gathering of male friends my age, I noticed that our conversations were largely about health issues. A wealth of knowledge and experience was being exchanged concerning everything from joint replacements and high blood pressure to colon maintenance.

Aging friends and family members…

January 07, 2018

As the consummate foodie, I have a morsel of great deliciousness.

Anyone who, like me, is on Medicare in the Vidant Health service area gets excellent monitoring following any hospital stay. High rates of unnecessary readmissions nationwide have been due to decades of inefficient care coordination.…

Bob Garner

January 06, 2018

During the final five of 15 years living in eastern North Carolina, we owned a tandem kayak that was hardly used in the best of weather conditions—and we never once consumed oysters. Back for a visit during one of the coldest weekends of the year, I managed to do both.

In coastal North…

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December 31, 2017

Beginning a new year is a good time to ponder entertaining — especially after the holiday frenzy. 

 We usually think of entertaining as providing diversion or pleasure to others, a notion that can overwhelm us. But we can choose to consider — or “entertain” — a…

Bob Garner
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