Stony trails to you …

Stony trails to you …

It’s embarrassing to admit that I’ve lived in North Carolina for 45 years, but only this weekend explored two of the state’s greatest treasures. It was about time. Pilot Mountain, in Surry County just 20 miles or so north of Winston-Salem, has such a...
I don’t understand

I don’t understand

It happened in Chatham County, North Carolina, less than an hour from my house. On Saturday, in various places from Bear Creek to Siler City, people looking for an early morning high loaded up on cocaine. Did they know that their ride from reality was also laced with...
Let’s start again …

Let’s start again …

I don’t mind admitting mistakes, and my last post contained (gasp!) two big ones. In an attempt to take a light-hearted look at our penchant for giving a name to every day during the week of Thanksgiving, I suggested that naming rights were still available for...
Naming rights available …

Naming rights available …

It occurred to me that the week of Thanksgiving has become the week of names. It begins two days before with “Giving Tuesday,” a relatively recent invention promoted by charities and other non-profits as a way to raise funds while people are in a thankful...
Winding up to wind down

Winding up to wind down

It took a 90-year-old man to breathe some real excitement into the typically staid meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion (SBL/AAR) going on in San Diego. That happens when the nonagenarian is former president Jimmy Carter....