Lifestyles Columnists

August 18, 2019

Although summer is winding down, there is still plenty of time to get outdoors and explore in late summer and fall. One of the best ways to do so is with by visiting national parks. The National Park Service offers free passes to active duty military members and dependents.

The America the…


August 18, 2019

According to most historic records, four-hundred and thirty-two years ago on August 18, 1587, a baby (the first English baby) was born in the Roanoke Colony of the New World.

August 17, 2019

I am thankful for the blessings I have in my life.

They include, but certainly are not limited to, a loving family, good friends, a safe place to live, work that is challenging and meaningful, and occasional adventures in the water or on land.

Undergirding all these things is a relationship with…


August 17, 2019

I’ve never been one to promote mushroom foraging even though I do it myself, and there are many relatively safe fungi out there. Too many poisonous lookalikes abound. I’ve taught long enough to know that no matter how concrete and specific I think my instructions are some people will…


August 10, 2019

This is a Part Two, of sorts, of a previous column that dealt with how different riverfront cities and towns in coastal North Carolina find different ways to capitalize on what is one of their biggest assets — the waterfront itself.

August 09, 2019

We don’t grow many sunflowers commercially in this part of the country, but they are one of our most recognizable flowers.

July 27, 2019

It was a pleasure to attend my niece’s wedding last weekend.

July 27, 2019

My father-in-law fought this weed voraciously.

July 21, 2019

I’ve been tempted to write about this one for a while. I get asked about it all the time, and there seems to be so much confusion concerning it.

Hemp is the same species as marijuana, but it doesn’t accumulate the chemical THC that is responsible for the hallucinogenic affects. It is…


July 21, 2019

It’s hot.

You know that already, of course.

But it has to be awfully hot before I start remarking about how hot it is.

Over the years I have surprised many, and probably infuriated a few, by acknowledging that I don’t really mind the scorching heat and dripping humidity of our summers…

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