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January 31, 2019

As a reporter you get somewhat used to interviewing politicians — even relatively high-level politicians such as governors and members of Congress.

Although I haven’t ever interviewed Gov. Roy Cooper, I spoke with Gov. Pat McCrory a couple of times when he came to Edenton and I…


January 27, 2019

Collaborative programming strategies of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary and the 350th Anniversary of the Albemarle helped the Museum of the Albemarle realize a 28 percent increase in visitation from Fiscal Year 2016-17 to Fiscal Year 2017-18.

This is the highest increase in visitation of state-…

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January 26, 2019

Beale Street is a 1.8-mile stretch of broken pavement in downtown Memphis, running from East Street to the Mississippi River.


January 25, 2019

I wish I had more time to spend on and around the water. I love to watch the ospreys patrol the skies in search of fish. In many places, ospreys can only be observed during certain parts of the year, but in eastern North Carolina they live here year-round.

Forty years ago, sighting an osprey was…

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January 24, 2019

This week I have thought seriously about how it came to be that a song addressing a history of hardship that I didn’t experience has come to be one of my favorite hymns.

I absolutely love James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes known as the “Negro…


January 20, 2019

The Museum of the Albemarle invites you to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield Sanders” next Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

January 18, 2019

A friend of mine brought in a mushroom sample recently for me to identify. I smiled when I saw it. When I was a teenager, it was one of my favorites to collect. I usually found it on dead or dying elm trees.

It’s called oyster mushroom and it’s one of the most abundant in North America.…

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January 17, 2019

I became fascinated with Hank Williams around seventh or eighth grade.

I’m not talking about Junior or “Bocephus,” although I took a liking to “Country State of Mind” and some of his other songs as we moved into the 1980s.

But in the mid-1970s I was all about Hank…


January 13, 2019


With African American History month coming up in February, it is a good time to recall one of the Albemarle’s most courageous characters—maritime slave Moses Grandy. Enslaved for four decades, Grandy worked as a waterman to purchase his freedom. Cheated of it twice by…

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January 12, 2019

As I write this review, it’s still up in the air whether Kevin Hart will host this year’s Academy Awards. He was picked because he’s funny, he’s a performer of color, and his star was on the ascendance.

But someone dug up old comments by Hart that were homophobic. The…

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