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August 17, 2019

On a busy afternoon at a former workplace, I was deep into job-related thought when the distinctive sound of a hammer drill began its rhythmic pounding against the building’s brick exterior.

I know that sound well because I own a hammer drill and have used it for creating holes in concrete.…


Look beyond racial discrimination

August 14, 2019

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it's somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be…


Setting some new labors to challenge the mighty Hercules

August 11, 2019

YouTube is is like the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland." One false step and I fall into it, emerging hours later with my head spinning and the sense that I've lost time that I will never get back.

The channel has a way to luring me with videos I never knew I wanted to watch but end up viewing…


Gardening gone wrong: A juicy watermelon tale

August 11, 2019

Don’t forget, Winterville will hold its annual watermelon festival Aug. 22–25th!

Everyone should have a garden. Sadly, my gardener status was lowered to “grunt labor only” as a result of a small gardening mistake I made many years ago. I said I was sorry and promised her it…