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July 21, 2019

Overlook Mountain may have had grandiose visions of overlooking history’s landmark music festival. Always an art and music colony, still an art and music colony, Woodstock, New York, has always dabbled in grandeur, nurturing Hudson River artists and Bob Dylan musicians and even Chevy Chase…

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July 21, 2019

Parker’s Barbecue in Greenville opened in March 1970. During the nearly 50 intervening years, locals and visitors alike have become aware that the restaurant’s owners are people of Christian faith who worked all their basic religious principles into the business.

But it has only been in…

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July 21, 2019

There are four seasons of the year in Pitt County: December, January, February, and the season of mowing grass.

For nine months of each year, I am a full-time employee of the yard. And I should join a union, because there is plenty of conflict between management and labor. The yard always manages…

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July 20, 2019

The last time I belonged to a health club was during the 1980s. Now they call them fitness clubs. I call them sweat clubs.

I was actually going to start this column with, “I’m waiting for a fitness club to name itself ‘Sweat Club.’” But I Googled my idea and discovered…

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July 20, 2019

The last time I belonged to a health club was during the 1980s. Now they call them fitness clubs. I call them sweat clubs.

I was actually going to start this column with, “I’m waiting for a fitness club to name itself ‘Sweat Club.’” But I Googled my idea and discovered…

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July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I.

East Carolina was picked fifth in the American Athletic Conference football East Division for the second straight year in the league preseason poll, but more important than the poll’s release Tuesday during AAC media days was the confident and persistent presence of ECU…

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July 14, 2019

When I was in college, I had a friend who bragged he could remember every meal he ever ate.

Rob used to regale us with tales of meals past, from the first time he ever tried a club sandwich (“Double the sandwich goodness! Sheer genius!) to his unfortunate encounters with his grandma’s…

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July 14, 2019

I recently passed an important milestone on the fascinating journey of growing older: being told it was time for cataract surgery.

For 35 years, I’ve worn progressive, no-line bifocals with transition lenses that darken and lighten automatically. One pair of glasses for both reading and…

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July 13, 2019

I encouraged my oldest daughter, Carly, to ask questions during her freshman year of college. “If you want to challenge the answer,” I further advised, “wait until after class.”

Former Vice President Dan Quayle once incorrectly corrected a 12-year-old’s spelling of…

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July 12, 2019

I encouraged my oldest daughter, Carly, to ask questions during her freshman year of college. “If you want to challenge the answer,” I further advised, “wait until after class.”

Former Vice President Dan Quayle once incorrectly corrected a 12-year-old’s spelling of…

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