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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…


Restaurant adopts mission-driven approach to serving barbecue

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…


Sometimes I think I just can't cut it

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…


Welcome to towel-free toning, where fitness is no sweat

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…