Lifestyles Columnists

September 24, 2017

The Museum of the Albemarle is approaching the end of a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its founding. Three African American women, because of their importance in slavery and advocacy for freedom, are the focus of a three-day symposium, "North Carolina Women of the Underground…

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September 23, 2017

Bobby Riggs was a 55-year-old tennis hustler. A retired world champion who had won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and was runner up at the French Championships.

Billy Jean King was pretty good herself, having won 39 Grand Slam titles. For three years, she was the United States’ captain in the…

September 22, 2017

They are not overly common around here, but scouring rushes can add a different texture to a perennial garden. Some people know them as horsetails. In the wild they usually grow along stream beds.

These unusual plants don’t have flowers or seeds. They also don’t have true leaves. Hollow…

September 20, 2017

After nearly two years as Albemarle Life editor, I've finally figured out how to decorate my cubicle.

When I was a reporter for Camden and Currituck counties, I pinned up two giant maps of the massive territory I covered. One of my goals was to travel every single road on those maps, which I did…

September 17, 2017

We are in the midst of another hurricane season, not to be confused with the coming holiday season. Unlike Christmas, no one really anticipates the hurricane season, and no one really misses it once it is gone. To this day, no storm determined to be Category 5 on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane…

September 17, 2017

If you’re reading this article and recognize the name O. Henry, let me clarify outright that this will not be an homage to the candy bar, Oh Henry! Unfortunately, I don’t eat a lot of Oh Henry bars, but I have read a decent amount of O. Henry’s short stories, whose actual name was…

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September 15, 2017

My father-in-law would turn over in his grave. Ironweed is now a highly promoted ornamental perennial plant in many garden centers. He spent much of his life trying to get rid of it.

Ironweed is a tall perennial plant with bright purple flowers. It got its name because of the toughness of its stems.…


September 13, 2017

I found a man who has a strategy for avoiding a full-blown spat with his wife.

Hezekiah Brown of Elizabeth City has a lot of experience in helping to resolve conflicts. Over a 45-years-plus career, he's served as a professional mediator and arbitrator for big companies, the city of New York and…

September 13, 2017

Some people fall in love with bridges, as in the late Robert James Waller’s “The Bridges of Madison County,” the best-selling romance novel from 1992.

Others, like me, fall in love with eateries. So here goes with “The Eateries of Madison County, North Carolina” and…


September 10, 2017

The museum displays artifacts from around the region. Often, we choose to use artifacts to write a spotlight talk to give more information to the visitor than is available on a label. One of those artifacts is the “Eastlake-style” pendulum clock. The research that follows was conducted…

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