Lifestyles Columnists

March 29, 2017

My first backpacking trip to Grandfather Mountain with my husband was our last adventure of that kind...at least until now.

March 26, 2017

Albemarle. If you’ve lived in Elizabeth City very long, you’re bound to have noticed that the name “Albemarle” is prevalent in the area.

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March 25, 2017

Like many of you, I used to watch “ CHiPs,” that TV show that aired on NBC from 1977 to 1983. The acronym stood for the California Highway Patrol. It starred Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada as two motorcycle cops.

Now we have a new movie called “CHIPs,” a buddy comedy starring…

March 24, 2017

I won’t deny that amaryllis is one of the most striking flowering houseplants. Huge clusters of flowers are dramatic and that’s why people pay so much for a single bulb. Most people don’t realize those huge bulbs are hardy in our area. However, many people struggle trying to grow…

March 23, 2017

The Academy of Country Music annual awards show will air Sunday night and I won't watch it.


March 22, 2017

Growing up, I cannot recall ever being aware of anyone who was homeless.

I lived a sheltered life in middle class Virginia Beach, Va., where we had everything we needed, although not everything we wanted.

My father would tell us sometimes about how my grandfather lost his job during the Great…

March 19, 2017

Ten thousand individual fragments, 23 five-foot square excavation units, and 1,975 entries on a digital inventory – Although these numbers are pretty mind-boggling, they don’t begin to describe the contents of a growing archeological collection that now resides at the Museum of the Albemarle.



March 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale written in 1740 by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It has been frequently retold.

March 17, 2017

Many people see bats fluttering around at dusk and get nervous.

March 16, 2017

Some of you remember when I was a full-time staff writer at the Daily Advance from 2008-2013. I covered Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County government and then covered education for a few months before becoming the editor of the Chowan Herald in May 2013.

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