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Have you ever just watched people? I have heard people say they go to the mall, or sit on a park bench or visit the beach just to do that very thing — watch people. We think they are tired from … more
Trucks, trucks and more trucks. Anyone who has traveled our nation’s highways, especially its interstates, is fully aware of the vast number of trucks out there today. To get an idea of just … more
A few statements in life really seem to make sense: “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” … more
I have been in this business for nearly 37 years now, and I still cannot predict how a town council will vote, at least not with any certainty. I was surprised, most recently, when the Smithfield … more
In her book “Total Truth,” Nancy Pearcey writes: “When we obey the Cultural Mandate, we participate in the work of God himself, as agents of his common grace, entering upon a lifelong quest to … more
I love the word of God. You can read the same passage for years, then, out of the blue, God speaks and reveals himself in a different way. For instance, I considered myself very familiar with the … more
While meatless burgers might be fine for some, I just don’t think they’re for me. I have never been a fan of meat substitutes of any kind, so I did not get excited when several fast food … more
Some years ago now, the newspaper I worked for thought it best to cover the West Johnston High School graduation because of a threat of violence there. The school system said that was fine so long as … more
I’ve made a decision. Better said, I’ve come to a conclusion. Joy, real joy, has nothing to do with chocolate and my slowly emptying canister of chocolate chips. Joy is a choice, simply a choice. … more
Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
Regardless of age or attention span, we all lose or misplace things, some of us more often than others. I lose things almost daily, like my glasses, cellphone, wallet, car keys and pens, and I … more
Years ago, in a piece for another newspaper, I encouraged the Johnston County Board of Education to pick Todd Sutton for the vacancy created when Larry Strickland won election to the N.C. House of … more
We all occasionally experience those little lucky breaks, like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat we haven’t worn in more than a year, or, in my case, running across a 15-year-old news … more
Yes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, and New Year’s celebrations bring excitement the world around. However, those two holidays combined sometimes hold more emotional upheaval than … more
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, makes no bones about his position on the likely upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. “I am trying to give a pretty clear … more
With another Christmas come and gone, let’s briefly evaluate how we did. In the category of best or favorite performance by an actor in a Christmas movie as shown on TV, my choice would have to … more
Those who know and study such things tell us English is among the hardest languages to learn and is especially difficult for non-natives trying to learn it from scratch. That might seem hard for … more
It was the spring of 1959, and the occasion was my high school senior class trip to New York and Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial stood out as a larger-than-life President Lincoln looking out … more
What one sees depends on where one is standing. That is especially true in the ongoing conflict over Confederate memorials in public parks and the flying of the Confederate battle flag on state … more
Fasting, a weird thing to be talking about at Christmas, right? Well normally, I would say yes. This morning however, while looking up the definition of Advent and related biblical passages, I came … more
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