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The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary … more
In a recent post to her blog,, Valarie Kaur wrote: “The blistering pace of the pandemic, the cacophony of commentary, the relentless barrage of breaking news without rest … more
What would you think if I arrived for lunch at the fanciest restaurant in town dressed in wrinkled clothes, sporting disheveled hair, wearing two different colored shoes and smiling sweetly with corn … 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
The sports world avoided the coronavirus until it no longer could. As of March 11, sports schedules nationwide were on go even as the virus found its way to this country. That schedule included … more
I’m not sure what to make of the coronavirus, which some folks prefer to call COVID-19. On the one hand, it’s tempting to think we’d all be safe from infection if we coughed into the crook … more
It’s amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact. Take the three-letter word “but,” for example. The consequences, especially when used scripturally, are unparalleled. For … more
In their haste to contain the coronavirus, public officials are trampling on civil liberties. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s March 14 executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 100 … more
Speaking a meager three minutes before the Johnston County Board of Education can be a daunting and intimidating challenge for the average citizen. That’s partly because the school board limits … more
The handshake is something many of us perform, some more often than others. It’s a common practice we haven’t thought much about until recently, when it took on new significance. Wikipedia … more
I watched last week’s school board meeting from the comfort of my home, a feat that was possible because the schools have the technology and the commitment to make their meetings available to the … more
I heard some talk last week about an illness called the coronavirus. You might have also heard about it. Coronavirus apparently originated in China and has since spread like wildfire to nations … more
Years ago, a colleague balked at the notion of endorsing Fred Smith for county commissioner. “But Scott, he’s a developer,” she said, the word leaving an obviously bad taste in her mouth. I … more
I cannot write that I “lost” my mom in January, because I know exactly where she is. At this very minute, she is probably making heavenly biscuits and tomato gravy for Jesus and anyone else … more
If dollars really buy votes, the smoldering wreckage of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign shows that the exchange rate is plummeting. Bloomberg ended his presidential bid after a lackluster Super … more
The same president who signed an executive order to curb campus censorship is suing The New York Times for publishing an opinion piece that stoked his fury. News that President Donald Trump’s … more
Readers of the Bible often mistake the prophets of the Old Testament as individuals God chose to forecast and warn the children of Israel of future catastrophic events. Actually, the prophets of … more
Leadership is the key to our success — both on the Johnston County Board of Education and in the superintendent’s chair. Choosing the right superintendent is the most crucial decision this … more
“Folks, we’ve got a really big shew (show) for you tonight. And now, right here on our stage ….” With those introductory words, host Ed Sullivan opened another installment of “The Ed … more
As much as I love my husband and Valentine’s Day, neither of those has made me ponder love more than the vivid memory of a conversation between my young child and a hockey player years ago. We … more
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