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September 08, 2018

For the second time in my life — and hopefully the last — I have connected a rural homesite (my own this time) to a municipal water source. It is an experience that upholds the wisdom in Ted Knight’s scholarly advice as Judge Elihu Smails in the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack:…

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September 04, 2018

Life is often about choices, except when there is only one option.

When East Carolina’s football players stormed out of the Murphy Center amid purple smoke on Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium around 7:45 p.m. and were amped to kick off against North Carolina A&T, they were quickly…


September 02, 2018

As September rolls in, Americans are once again on the cusp of election season. And this year, one candidate is unafraid to address the big issues.

His name is Thor Michaelson and he wants to rid the world of vacuum cleaners.

Thor is a stately German shepherd mix, and I discovered his campaign on…


September 02, 2018

"This may be the last time we get together like this."

We hoped he was wrong. But my classmates and I knew that Charles Holland, the organizer of my North Mecklenburg High School Class of 1958's 60th reunion, might be right.

Time is closing in on us.

But what a time we have had. We have lived…


September 01, 2018

According to a recent study, laziness might actually contribute to longevity. That should give my teenage children an excellent shot at immortality.

A University of Kansas research team looked through a 5-million-year window to analyze the metabolic rates of 299 species. They could have made it an…


August 30, 2018

One of eastern North Carolina’s and Duplin County’s favorite sons has a book coming out pretty soon. It will no doubt be received as well as his life of music, humility, humanity and public service has been.

The new book will likely be titled simply “In the Key of Love,”…

Bob Garner

August 26, 2018

There was a time when cafes existed to provide quick, convenient meals to working people.

As I am prone to point out, however, there’s generally no going back to what used to be.

The Filling Station in the Duplin County town of Kenansville is one happy exception that helps prove the general…

Bob Garner

August 26, 2018

If you are fond of the greens and tans of grass and trees but are ready for a new landscape color, perhaps try the vermillions and oranges of Utah.

Utah seems to have just a few spindly blades of grass and a handful of bare trees across the whole state. An occasional crusty tumbleweed lumbers…


August 25, 2018

My oldest daughter is all grown up and going off to college this week. I’m nervous about it because I hate riding in helicopters.

The skies above college campuses are crowded this time of year with helicopter parents. Today’s freshman class has so much more startup support than we had…

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August 19, 2018

The idea of naming one’s house or property has always fascinated me.

I just returned from a four-day trip to the beach where every house had a name. The names embodied all the good things associated with a beach vacation: relaxation, recreation, sun, surf, ocean breezes and the list goes on.…

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