October 20, 2019

My little dogs, Ollie and Einstein, have decided to launch a country music career.

I am not sure what prompted this decision. I suspect that the pretty little morkiepoo down the street told Ollie he would look good in a cowboy hat, and things progressed from there.

In any case, the boys have spent…


October 19, 2019

When my wife and I relocated to Greenville, North Carolina, back in 2001, I felt a measure of belonging that came from being born a few miles south of there. Barely three months after the move, however, a traffic violation landed me inside the Pitt County Courthouse, and I knew that I had left home.…


October 06, 2019

Supporters of Dan Gerlach, interim chancellor at East Carolina University, launched a sustained attack against The Daily Reflector last week because of a story we published about photographs of Gerlach bar hopping in Greenville. My response to them and their cries of fake news is that our coverage…

October 06, 2019

As Temple completed a 27-17 football win at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Thursday night, East Carolina officially reached the halfway point of its season with a 3-3 record.

The Pirates should aim to go 3-3 the rest of the way, which will be more of a challenge than its 3-3 record during the first six…


October 05, 2019

Some people can get away with sitting all day, every day. I wish I’d realized sooner that I’m not one of those people. Nearly 30 years of newspaper work nearly ruined my lower back — not to mention my backside.

A comfortable desk chair can turn you into the proverbial frog in a…


September 30, 2019


East Carolina sophomore quarterback Holton Ahlers was asked Saturday night about the last time he enjoyed a bus ride after a road football game and he knew immediately that it was when he was a student and star at D.H. Conley High School.

ECU first-year coach Mike Houston was more…


September 28, 2019

Bartlesville, Okla., looks like a nice place. It’s the headquarters of Phillips Petroleum Company and home to about 40,000 people.

I’ve never been to Bartlesville, but my smartphone thinks that I live there. More specifically, the internet search engine that most often runs on my…


September 23, 2019

Was it definitely the year 2019 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday? It felt like 2009.

Needing to beat William & Mary to calm Pirate Nation after a 42-10 loss at Navy and to keep fans locked in to East Carolina's football season as September progresses and soon will turn to October, the…


September 22, 2019

The time has come to Ida-lize some hang time.

Leaves hang precariously from branches, youth hang out at campus festivals, and footballs hang in the air between punt and post. On footballs, in particular, hang the hopes and dreams of autumn time.

When a football is kicked on Earth, the crowd gasps…


September 21, 2019

Every now and then I catch myself thinking about buying a newer, more fuel-efficient ride for the daily work commute. Something always comes along to jolt me back to my senses.

The good news is that I’m not usually inside the vehicle during the jolt.

My old ’96 S10 pickup has rolled 260,…

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