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Our grandparents’ farm had numerous structures within sight of the back yard. The chicken house, smokehouse with the attached wash shelter, packhouse, outhouse, tobacco shelter and five tobacco … more
We all know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s been ingrained in our minds as long as we can remember. It’s mentioned in song lyrics. It’s mentioned in poetry and … more
I have spent a good bit of this past week in correspondence with my fellow clergy residents on “The Island of Misfit Toys,” that is, those who are equally twisted and inspired by the geeky … more
There are people, particularly in areas like Philadelphia where progressives tend to congregate, who cannot understand why anyone would have voted for Donald Trump. Trump is considered by most … more
Sometimes “you have to start a thing.” Lillian Exum Clement said these words after being elected as the first woman in the state General Assembly, or any Southern legislature, in 1920. This … more
RALEIGH — Friar Laurence has the best of intentions. But in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the friar’s well-intended interventions do not yield happy results. Laurence’s initial … more
In my column a couple weeks ago, I wrote that at the core of America’s division lay the difference in how we understand and interpret the Constitution as set forth by the Founding Fathers, and … more
Heart health is important to the body’s overall wellness and function. The heart circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body. When the heart is not working properly, just about … more
North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border. Our state’s real emergency is a … more
February is greatly known for Valentine’s Day; however, it is a month to celebrate black excellence. Americans have annually recognized black history since 1926. Only, it was celebrated as “Negro … more
Unless you have been in a coma or living in a box with no electricity or phone over the past few days, you are well aware our nation experienced some mighty cold temperatures recently. While it … more
RALEIGH — I am a fiscal conservative. I recognize that government at all levels has important tasks to do, tasks that make us all better off if done at a reasonable cost. I think the list of such … more
When John Clark suddenly found himself unemployed, he decided it was God’s path for him to use his 25 years of experience and start his own company. Sunshine Prosthetics was born around the … more
During over four decades of teaching, I’ve enjoyed asking students the following questions in my introductory economics course: “What if you could write a check and never have to deduct the … more
Candidates are lining up to run in 2020 and we’ve heard those running on a more liberal or “progressive” platform, as well as those espousing a more conservative agenda. There’s one big … more
If you’ve been following my columns recently, you will hopefully see that I am working through an assertion I made in the column, “Diagnosing the source of political discord” published Jan. 28; … more
Black History Month is a celebration of an amazing culture! African-Americans have made tremendous contributions to the fabric of America. For example, Dr. Shirley Jackson, a theoretical … more
I just got back from the creativity conference I have attended annually for almost 10 years now. It’s a conference for church leaders held by Leadership Nexus which was founded by a very successful … more
Our famous American poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mary Oliver, died on Jan. 17, 2019, and she left a body of poetry that many people think of as an American treasure. One of the most famous … more
As proven many times, if you put letters together, you can form words. If you string words together, you get paragraphs. Assemble a number of paragraphs together, and you get a story. If you put … more
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