Thursday, September 24, 2020

Last Thursday, Sept. 17, there was an auspicious birthday. On that day, the Constitution of the United States turned 233.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE — I will admit, the Appalachian Mountains have a a certain allure. On this past Saturday morning, the mist lifted off the hills, as a creek gently flowed near my parked car. I waited for a chance to get my hands dirty at Veterans Healing Farm, a few miles outside Hendersonville.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE — I will admit, the Appalachian Mountains have a a certain allure. On this past Saturday morning, the mist lifted off the hills, as a creek gently flowed near my parked car. I waited for a chance to get my hands dirty at Veterans Healing Farm, a few miles outside Hendersonville.

Upon returning Saturday from Corolla-on-Sea, I found stuffed in my little mailbox the new edition of the latest Garden & Gun magazine. I looked for the obituaries, memorials, and encomiums for the newly departed Julia Reed.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

While many liberal organizations helped create the NC Clean Energy Policy (CEP) the North Carolina Utility Commission and the Public Staff provided guidance and perspectives during its development.

On Friday, the country will commemorate Patriot Day, which marks Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorism struck American soil with such force it changed how citizens do things.

About three Augusts ago, we lost a golden balladeer. I’m sure you remember him. When we moved down here from northern, icebox climes, I had Glen Campbell on my mind.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Today, I purchased a sign, for my lawn, with half displaying the American flag and the second half showing the “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” Francis Scott Key wrote these words in 1814 and, since 1931, have been sung as the National Anthem of the United States.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Aug. 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote across the country and enfranchised nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. A century later, voting is as – if not more – important than ever before.

We all know it takes a long time to grow up—not only biologically, but psychologically. There’s a saying among psychiatrists that it takes 50 years to overcome the first 20.

North Carolina has seen more than its fair share of devastating storms, particularly in the past few years. When hurricane season comes around, we don’t have the luxury of sitting back and seeing how it goes — even when we’re in the middle of a global pandemic – we have to be ready.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Well! Who would have ever thought that our Great State could endure a major hurricane/tropical storm, Isaias; a series of killer EF-3 tornadoes with 145 mph winds: and a history making earthquake of 5.1 magnitude; all in one week?

Thursday, August 06, 2020

It’s 1965 in the music room at the Burbank Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The harried music teacher (and aren’t they all?) hits on a sure-fire way of refocusing her unruly first-graders.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Last Friday (July 24), Hagia Sophia, the center of the Eastern Christian Orthodox faith, was turned into a mosque.