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Three former Governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes were … more
Views and Reviews Sex appeal is in the eye of the beholder. I grew up all mooney-eyed over James Dean, Marlon Brando and — although I hate to admit it now — Tab Hunter. I didn’t understand … more
Roving Around I’m beginning to think we older folks are good for something after all. Oh, sure there are many things we older folks have into our 80s and 90s, but not that many people reach … more
“I don’t think the U.S. should be in the business of assassinating foreign leaders.” This was not me talking about this month’s controversial take-out by the U.S. of Iranian General Qassem … more
When I think of Persia, I think of rich colors, intricate designs and my one-time cat with her luxurious white fur and amber eyes. Beautiful, hand-knotted Persian rugs have long been a mainstay of … more
Roving Around I was thrilled when I read the Sunday comics section last week, especially the strip called ”Pickles.” It was like the cartoonist, Brian Crane, had visited our home and was … more
Conservative North Carolinians believe that lower taxes translate into higher levels of economic growth and personal freedom. So they like the declines in both income- and sales-tax burdens that have … more
It was a Christmas greeting tailor-made for a pre-redemption Ebenezer Scrooge. A viral Facebook photo showed two police officers posing with a collection of taped-together cardboard signs seized … more
For those of you who do not like January, take heart. Even with the coming of some of our coldest weather of the year, there are blessings and ways to warm up to January with a little … more
After a few weeks off, I’m returning with the first column of a new month, year and decade. I am also using a new laptop with an unfamiliar keyboard layout, so I am certain there will be more … more
When I moved to Raleigh in 1978, it was a sleepy state capital with little excitement and few downtown residents. Now, more than 40 years later, construction cranes dot the downtown landscape. … more
In this New Year, there is a widespread assumption among North Carolina politicos that state policymakers will do little of consequence. Instead, they will position themselves for the pivotal 2020 … more
With another Christmas come and gone, let’s briefly evaluate how we did. In the category of best or favorite performance by an actor in a Christmas movie as shown on TV, my choice would have to … more
I’ve enjoyed sharing recipes with our readers for another year. In 2019, we tried new main dishes, new sweets and some new beverages. Some recipes were from my family, some were ones I’ve … more
Hebrews 8:12 (ESV) “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” We have just entered into a new year. With the start of a new season of life, … more
Here we are, in the year 2020. Twenty-twenty is a number that rolls trippingly off the tongue, and it is a year that has gotten a lot of attention even before it arrived. Of course, we have no way to … more
Christmas time is so wonderful when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and exchange gifts with those we love. In addition, Christmas offers each of us better dispositions as we greet others and wish … more
I can still remember that special excitement as a child waiting for Christmas morning. When I was about six or seven years old, I got a much-wanted Erector Set. The thoughts of constructing a … more
It always comes as a bit of a surprise to me when an old year ends, and we get ready to start a new one. When I was a child, it seemed that the time from one Christmas to the next was interminable; … more
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” As we get ready to enter the new year of 2020, we … more
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