Because I wanted to

Because I wanted to

Every day, when I went to work, it felt like I was in a prison. Well, it was because I actually was.It was my very first job after graduating from col...

December 4th, 2016 |  


How uncanny

How uncanny

When I think of food being pickled, the first image that pops in my mind is, well, pickles. You know the sour cucumbers in the Vlasic jar?“Ew, w...

November 30th, 2016 updated: November 30th, 2016. |  


Heading into the fourth quarter

Heading into the fourth quarter

The political season is finally over. (I know, it’s never ever really over.) But there’s another season that is heading toward its own con...

November 27th, 2016 updated: November 27th, 2016. |  


That’s what I am

That’s what I am

Normally people start by introducing themselves by giving all the general infomation — their name, how old they are, place of birth, favorite co...

November 25th, 2016 updated: November 25th, 2016. |  


Say ‘thanks’ this Thanksgiving

Say ‘thanks’ this Thanksgiving

“Who is going to say thanks?” That may be a question asked at the dinner table before the big meal this Thanksgiving. After the blessing i...

November 20th, 2016 updated: November 20th, 2016. |  


The power of the ballot box

The power of the ballot box

Well, I was right about one thing. I told people that the sun would still come up Wednesday morning, and it did. The skies were cloudy, but the sun wa...

November 13th, 2016 updated: November 13th, 2016. |  


Bring back bumper stickers

Bring back bumper stickers

I remember the good old days. Those days when North Carolina was ignored by the presidential candidates. Those days when North Carolina was considered...

November 6th, 2016 |  


In the sweet bye and bye

In my grandmother’s time, and even in my younger days, porch visiting was an almost daily social event.In the Carolina countryside, where summer...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Learning the grandparent rules

Learning the grandparent rules

During the last ten years I’ve learned a new set of rules. They’re called the Grandparent Rules. And recently I saw one of those rules in ...

October 16th, 2016 |  


A change in plans

A change in plans

Gertrude had a plan. Her dream was to be the personal secretary to the Prime Minister of England. In 1908, that was probably the highest and most impo...

October 2nd, 2016 |