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Last week I wrote about my trusty, fading-red Firestone two-wheeler bicycle. There’s more to the story. After riding that bike for nine years, I was 17 and ready for motorized transportation. I … more
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to fix campus kangaroo courts. But opponents are using COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to delay much-needed reform. Democratic senators, state attorneys … more
It’s strawberry season, and if you’re like me, you are taking advantage of the fresh fruit grown right here on Wilson County farms. I’ve already made a pie, shortcake, jam and strawberry … more
Needlework comes in many forms: knitting, tatting, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, crocheting and many other styles. Ancient needlework arts are part of the heritage of most cultures, and they … more
I have never celebrated Passover. I have eaten delicious matzo ball soup and I am vaguely familiar with the elements of a Seder, but obviously I have missed many of the subtleties of the celebration. … more
Last week, I talked about the Basketball Hall of Fame class announcement. This week, I’m going to give my thoughts on the NFL draft going virtual. This year’s draft will take place April … more
RALEIGH — The 1930s had the Great Depression. The early 21st century had the Great Recession. Now, in the 2020s, we are suffering a Great Suppression. With hundreds of thousands of North … more
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) “For our sake, He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” To make ourselves something else means to change … more
Ever since I saw those bicyclists on Saturday a week ago going down my street while I was out on the patio alongside Jimmy and Ginger’s split-level home where I have the lower level for my … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
Last week, I talked about the postponement of the Summer Olympic Games and the NFL free agency. This week, my focus will be on the announcement of the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame … more
Those of us who enjoy swapping funny tidbits on email know there are a few things we can depend on. One is that, whenever there is a major news event going on, a rash of jokes related to it will … more
This is the time of year when the we in the Allen households remember Bobby Allen, our firstborn son. He passed away on April 15, 2014. His mother and I always understood Bobby’s unique ways of … more
I always bake when a hurricane is brewing or a snowstorm is predicted. I bake when someone’s sick and needs some comfort. I bake when I need comfort. So, I’ve been baking the last week or so. … more
Many things about our routines under quarantine are much slower paced, but my hair and beard growth is not one of them. Weeks ago I knew I needed to go get a haircut, but I hesitated when thinking … more
Weekly Devotional Matthew 27:45-46, 50 (ESV) “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, … more
With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and affecting local sports, there’s not a whole lot to cover out there. High school sports are shut down until May 18. As a local sports editor, … more
I wish it hadn’t happened. Already, the losses have been jarring. And there is much more to come. But, as with other catastrophes, such as floods, hurricanes, fires, 9/11, recessions, … more
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation’s highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder. Supreme Court justices decided last … more
We give thanks for all those serving and protecting us always, and especially in these troubling times. Let’s show them our gratitude by flying our American flags. Starting this Sunday, April 5 … more
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