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It’s back to school time and recently I was asked what I remember about school. Besides flunking fifth grade, my answer was, not much. Unless we’re talking about sixth grade. Then we’re …

There was a point in my life, not so many years ago, when 68 seemed old. Really, really old. Ancient. Near death, certainly. But not anymore. Now that I’ve reached 40 I can say with great certainty that 70 is the new 50 and my father is still in the prime of his life. 

Brisk, chilly mornings. Comforting mugs of hot chocolate. The cozy feel of a time-worn wool sweater. Leaves descending gracefully from the trees, flashing dulcet tones of orange and yellow as they …

I am reading Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, by New York Times White House White House Correspondent Peter Baker. It’s a revealing inside study of our 43rd President, George W. …

Here are the facts, plain and simple: Last week I woke up in the middle of the night because of a leg cramp. I leapt out of bed to stretch out said cramp. I got a little dizzy with the sudden leaping …

Back in 1799, an English cartoonist named James Gilray produced a work of art entitled “The Gout.” In it, a small-but-vicious, fire-breathing, demonic creature sinks a mouthful of razor-sharp …

If you remember Art Linkletter then I will pause while you make sure you’ve remembered to take your meds for heart, mood and balance, and, importantly, so you can start over and reread this because …

This is an American history educational moment of those who made a difference during the Revolutionary War era and how they served our country. John Stark was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on …

Fido showed up at the Poteat house in Drexel in the summer of 1961, just a few weeks before I was to start first grade at Drexel Primary School. He wore no collar, he was obviously quite the duke’s …

My daughter and her family have a place in Montana, near the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Recently, all of our family descended on them like a swarm of locusts. But this trip, to …

As they enter into the dangerous ground of middle age, some men choose to have an affair or two, others purchase flashy sports cars, and more than a few opt for ridiculous-looking toupees that more …

BALD HEAD ISLAND –  It’s the annual Big Family summer beach trip when we (me and The Beloved) and the extended families travel from Morganton and California to this island off the coast of …

Oshkosh is the world’s largest aviation show held every summer at Whitman Airfield in Oshkosh, Wis . It is going on now. Any self-respecting pilot who’s anything will fly into Oshkosh. Officially named EAA AirVenture, it is a rite of passage for self-respecting private pilots.

Gonna be a hot one today. 95 or so. Gonna be a hot one Sunday. 95 or so again. Probably gonna be hot all next week. Probably gonna be hot all next month. After all, it will be August in North …

It is the simplest of objects; an ancient cigar box, covered in nondescript blue cloth, peeling at the seams as the glue inexorably decays. A pair of paper roses, clipped out by careful fingers a …

Samantha Reid is a Morganton native, but grew up in Glen Alpine. Her parents had a farm and raised chickens mostly, but at times also had horses, cattle and pigs. Samantha says, “If you were …

Funny how the mind works. Recently I read about the death of Peter Nero, a musician who recorded the “Theme from Summer of ’42” on a vinyl album released in 1972. While I do not recall …

Little did I know all those years ago that my orthopedic surgeon at Duke Medical Center was a legend. Of course, in 1968, I was just a wee tot and not particularly enamored with doctors in general; …

2004 will bring a couple of anniversaries in the life of Morganton native Diatra Fullwood. The year will mark the 40th anniversary of her graduation from Freedom High School back in 1984. But, more …

Ivy Oates’ Egyptian family came to America as Muslim missionaries. They relocated several times before settling in Gastonia. There, her father opened his own medical practice and her mother worked …

My mother, bless her, may she rest in the peace she deserves having raised four boys and moved the family 10, 11 times to accommodate her husband’s career, and for having given me a few years ago …

If you travel into town, across town, out of town, around town, or are just passing through town on Hwy. 181, aka Green St., you can’t help but to notice it.  The Sinkhole. That’s all you …

Eighteen years ago, in the summer of 2005, I received some very unexpected medical news that I had a hard time accepting – a diagnosis as a Type Two diabetic. I had not experienced any of the …

It is no secret that the state of public discourse, particularly surrounding political and social issues, is in crisis these days. What should be open and respectful discussion of …

The poet Dylan Thomas, in his beloved memory of childhood, reflects on how the past can be, for the most part, completely forgotten, “now out of all sound, but the distant speaking of voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep.”

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