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July 15, 2018

The year was 1894. America’s future greatest poet was a 20-year-old Dartmouth dropout. He was unpublished and unemployed. His girlfriend had just rejected his marriage proposal (probably for the reasons aforementioned.) He was down and out and wanted to end his life. The setting he chose to…

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July 13, 2018

How do we know when it’s summer? Each locale is different, but certain sights, events or smells remind us of different seasons, and summer is no exception.

For me, once I see the smoke of the wheat fields, I’m satisfied spring is behind us. In Maine, that first mess of new potatoes and…

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July 12, 2018

I am feeling especially grateful this morning for people who dedicate themselves to service, to helping others, to community well-being and the pubic good and all of those kinds of ideals.

While they might be ideals, what they represent is as real as it gets and the sacrifices that sometimes are…


July 07, 2018

Since retiring two and a half years ago, I've realized I need to step up my game in the kitchen.

Diana, my Realtor wife, is still in the work force, laboring six to seven days a week. She reminds me that she's bringing home the bacon.

Please don't say that, dear; bacon is full of nitrates and other…


July 06, 2018

It was hot sticky dirty work. In rural areas it was also one of the few ways teenagers could earn spending money in the summer. Those who have put up hay in the heat know what I’m talking about. Baling hay was a job meant for the hottest part of the day.

Cutting, raking or baling hay early in…

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July 06, 2018

You’re familiar with “Ant-Man,” the Marvel superhero who has the ability to shrink down to the size of, well, an ant. Mark Rudd finally got his turn at a comic-book blockbuster in that title role. The 2015 movie did good at the box office, with a worldwide gross of over half-a-…


July 05, 2018

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Independence Day.

I’m writing this on the morning of July Fourth and am looking forward to the rest of the day. With apologies to casual readers who might not have seen last week’s column, and in appreciation to those of you who read it every week,…


June 29, 2018

Last week I profiled trumpet vine, a ridiculously aggressive woody vine. This week belongs to another nemesis, and it’s also marketed as an ornamental.

Virginia creeper is that vine many people confuse with poison ivy. It has leaves with five leaflets instead of three. Berries are purple…

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June 28, 2018

We’re starting to discuss Fourth of July plans at our house and I guess we have it narrowed down to three options: two quite similar and the third very much out-of-the-box.

For most of the last 10 years, we have enjoyed the Independence Day festivities in either Elizabeth City or Edenton.…


June 24, 2018

One of my favorite artifacts featured in the Museum of the Albemarle’s newest exhibition, “River Bridge: Sunken Secrets,” is a small bowl that most likely dates to the first-half of the 19th century.

At that time, domestic ceramics were being produced in British factories and…

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