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Father’s Day, that semi-holiday stuck sort of in-between and around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July will be celebrated Sunday, June 14. … more
I felt most fortunate to be able to participate and play in team sports during my high school years. Our coach had placed a large sign over the basketball court time clock and scoreboard that read, … more
In his book, “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life,” Chuck Swindoll develops a picturesque theme of how the seasons of our lives seem to follow the seasons of the year. Now, living in North … more
Change is inevitable, so when it comes to dining out in restaurants, the landscape in this area has changed drastically since the 1950s and early 1960s — sometimes for the better, sometimes not, … more
Retirement. The term has such a beautiful ring to it. It speaks of the time to get to work on that bucket list of things you always wanted to do and places you wanted to visit but did not have the … more
In today’s heated political climate, abortion stirs immediate strong emotions. For many journalists, it is the “elephant in the room” some seek to avoid. My purpose is not to stake out a pro … more
We’ve all experienced a myriad of sounds or noises during our lives, including some that stay with us and become either pleasant or not-so-pleasant memories. As you read about sounds I recall, … more
Our kids are much older now, but they still enjoy being “kids” sometimes. For instance, the other night I heard one of them excitedly say, “Let’s play hide-and-seek!” Now, I enjoy a … more
The following suggestions are not sanctioned by any governing body or organization and are provided merely to help make life easier. Never assume the shortest checkout line at the grocery store … more
I’m departing from my usual column to pay tribute to the late Christian author, Rachel Held Evans. Ms. Evans, who passed recently at the young age of 37, had earned the title of the “Voice of the … more
Most of us have certain goals, aspirations or ambitions throughout our lives. At one time it seemed like the primary aims of many folks included such things as a good job, good health, wealth, … more
I never heard about driver’s ed when I was a teenager. At age 16 I was licensed to drive after being tested on a Johnston County Model “A” Ford school bus. That bus had a gear shift in the … more
It was just before 9 a.m. on a beautiful spring morning when my preacher dad gave me the honor of climbing the stairs to the church belfry to pull the rope attached to the church bell. I would ring … more
If you had to come up with one word to describe the most basic need of humanity, what would you come up with? Liberty? Freedom? Power? Opportunity? Fairness? Well, just throwing out some … more
As we all know from watching our TV weather reports, tornadoes are not only among the most vicious and dangerous forces in nature — they’re also highly unpredictable. Apparently the only thing … more
In December 2000, it was my distinct honor to assist in planning and leading the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to Cuba on its first agribusiness delegation to the Republic of Cuba since … more
I don’t know what you call it. It could be a “bog.” It could be a “swamp.” It could even be a “marsh,” but regardless of what it’s called, God’s message was loud and clear. My … more
There seems to be a lot more stealing going on today that we had just a few short years ago. I’m not sure why that it is or when and how this all changed, but boy, did it ever. I checked some … more
Remember those “pop quizzes” in high school and college classes? I do! They always put the fear of the divine in me if I had not done my homework reading assignment. Well, here is a pop quiz … more
Most of us have encountered words, catchphrases, statements or tunes that became stuck in our minds, like that song that we were unable to forget. These have mostly come in the form of poems, … more
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