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I’d like to start this week’s column by proclaiming something. I don’t have any money. Well, I have some money, but it’s allocated to bills and such. I make enough to put a roof over our … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
As I write this column, the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament is already underway. The oddity about this annual event is that I’m not paying any attention — yet. Television networks are … more
The past week has been very full indeed! As I noted last week, Ash Wednesday had kicked off the season of Lent, and with it comes a sense of greater discernment of God’s will and the Spirit at … more
Wilson County was home to me and my family. We spent most of our time here, going to school, working on the farm and experiencing the charms of what our environment provided. When we traveled to … more
The beach is my happy place. It’s where I remember who God has called me to be, reconnect with my inner child and find peace in tough times. In a lot of ways, it’s my church. I walk on the shore … more
The weekend marked the end of a sports era. Since I was around at the beginning, I want to join others in mourning the loss of over-the-air broadcasts of ACC sports. Most pundits incorrectly … more
RALEIGH — American states and localities are, on the whole, administered more responsibly than the federal government is. Their superiority has nothing to do with the qualities of individuals … more
“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me.” This declaration is not new. I heard it over and over again back in the early 1980s when old-line conservative Democrats, still smarting … more
As soon as I turned 49, I started receiving AARP correspondence. A little much in my opinion — I mean, give me time to enjoy my under-50 category for the year. Really, 30, 40, even 45 were great … more
When I was younger, I remember crying whenever it was time for me to nap in preschool or when my grandmother made me nap when her daily “stories” were on. I can also remember begging my mother … more
In an earlier column this year, I wrote that in order to correct a problem, the first step has to be adequately diagnosing the root cause, and I followed up in the next column noting that most of … more
While I am not certain what the term “aging gracefully” means, I can nonetheless say I don’t think such a thing is truly possible. It never has been and never will be. Since humans first … more
A pair of sisters are opening a shop next month that will have some similarities to a store run by their mom in downtown Wilson years ago. “We’ve talked about opening a business together for a … more
RALEIGH — In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy and unfinished business. During several of these interviews, Reagan went … more
For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.” The reason it’s your right … more
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all … more
Tonight, my wife burned dinner. Well, perhaps burned is not the appropriate word. The dinner was supposed to be a wheel of brie surrounded by puff pastry and topped with caramelized bacon and … more
Quilting has been around for centuries and was brought to the United States by English and Dutch settlers in the early days of colonization. Many homes have quilts in use and in storage, quilts … more
Ash Wednesday was this past week, and with it came the beginning of the season of Lent. In many ways, the Lenten journey recognizes that our life is lived searching for love in a constant shadow of … more
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