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August 03, 2019

The first song on Willie Nelson’s 2017 album “God’s Problem Child” was written by a 95-year-old woman, Lyndel Rhodes. Her song “Little House on the Hill” recently sent me down memory lane to a little house in the middle of North Carolina’s Coastal Plain.…

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July 28, 2019

Parker’s Barbecue in Greenville has been known as a Christian-based business since it opened in March 1970. But as I began describing last week, increased intentionality about “impacting the kingdom” with the business has come into full flower in the last 10 years or so under the…

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July 27, 2019

Two months into living in our new house, the master bedroom still has no curtains. My view is that by now the neighbors have seen whatever there is to see. My wife doesn’t see it that way.

The curtains have arrived, and there has been some talk of installation. It could happen in the not-too-…

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July 21, 2019

Overlook Mountain may have had grandiose visions of overlooking history’s landmark music festival. Always an art and music colony, still an art and music colony, Woodstock, New York, has always dabbled in grandeur, nurturing Hudson River artists and Bob Dylan musicians and even Chevy Chase…

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July 21, 2019

Parker’s Barbecue in Greenville opened in March 1970. During the nearly 50 intervening years, locals and visitors alike have become aware that the restaurant’s owners are people of Christian faith who worked all their basic religious principles into the business.

But it has only been in…

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July 21, 2019

There are four seasons of the year in Pitt County: December, January, February, and the season of mowing grass.

For nine months of each year, I am a full-time employee of the yard. And I should join a union, because there is plenty of conflict between management and labor. The yard always manages…

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July 20, 2019

The last time I belonged to a health club was during the 1980s. Now they call them fitness clubs. I call them sweat clubs.

I was actually going to start this column with, “I’m waiting for a fitness club to name itself ‘Sweat Club.’” But I Googled my idea and discovered…

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July 20, 2019

The last time I belonged to a health club was during the 1980s. Now they call them fitness clubs. I call them sweat clubs.

I was actually going to start this column with, “I’m waiting for a fitness club to name itself ‘Sweat Club.’” But I Googled my idea and discovered…

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July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I.

East Carolina was picked fifth in the American Athletic Conference football East Division for the second straight year in the league preseason poll, but more important than the poll’s release Tuesday during AAC media days was the confident and persistent presence of ECU…

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July 14, 2019

When I was in college, I had a friend who bragged he could remember every meal he ever ate.

Rob used to regale us with tales of meals past, from the first time he ever tried a club sandwich (“Double the sandwich goodness! Sheer genius!) to his unfortunate encounters with his grandma’s…

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