May 28, 2017

Boy, there is a lot to unpack from NASCAR’s annual week at home between the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

There are plenty of things I don’t even have the space for in this column. Among them:

NASCAR’s decision to use a traction compound on the upper groove at Charlotte…

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Auto Racing-3

May 28, 2017

I am not sure when I realized I was middle aged. Perhaps it was the day I carefully wrote out a grocery list, then left the list on my kitchen counter. Or the morning I rolled out of bed and heard my knees creak like an old porch swing. Or the night I drove home from work, muttering under my breath…


May 27, 2017

Living out of my mother’s barn is getting old, but old things can bring new enjoyment.

With more than half of our “stuff” stored in the barn, we occasionally must drive the 3 miles from our rental house just to retrieve some needed tool or other such necessity.

Our plan to build a…


May 21, 2017

When the Earth has a bad day, it leaves a fossil.

From long ago and far away, beside a dusty trail along a nondescript stream, in a state park so remote you leave your entrance fee in a lockbox by the gate, is just such a fossil.

There, above a thick zone of crumbly Cretaceous coal, on a Colorado…


May 21, 2017

Sports editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly excursions to the Tar River to explore the river’s character and its characters as the seasons change.

Even before the floodwaters from the upstream stretches of the Tar River charged down to Greenville and my home launch at Port Terminal Road by…


May 20, 2017

Watching Aric Almirola be extricated from his car last weekend at Kansas Speedway was a frightening reminder of the real danger still present in stock car racing.

My girlfriend, having never seen a driver be cut from a car, was understandably taken aback by the spectacle of safety workers and…

NASCAR Kansas Auto Racing

May 20, 2017

On April 25, 2013, Nelson Cooper sent me a message on Twitter.

“Gordon’s golf and ski is on fire really bad. Looks pretty bad,” Cooper wrote.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the information at first, but I trusted Cooper because of our many conversations in the D.H. Conley…


May 20, 2017

I transmitted a last-minute invitation to my twins — via text message of course — asking if they'd like to hear a young band performing in Johnson City. Both girls play instruments and I know they would have enjoyed the group.

I tried calling, but teenagers today typically do not use…

May 16, 2017

It is hard to ignore that this East Carolina baseball season has not gone as expected.

The Pirates, ranked No. 6 in the nation in the preseason, are 27-25.

But on this day, for the final home game of the season tonight against Campbell, it’s OK to ignore that.

Today is all about the…


May 14, 2017

My little dog Einstein can be something of a fussbudget. Lately, he has been refusing to eat his supper unless I sit on the floor next to him.

There is no particular reason for this demand, although I suppose his canine brother Ollie’s slow sidle toward Einstein’s dish may be part of…

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