On principle

On principle

I didn’t expect to see this again, and it’s likely that I won’t in North Carolina, but in Cleveland, Tennessee, gas stations near I-75 are making the season merry by selling their wares for under two dollars per gallon — even less with loyalty...
It’s about time

It’s about time

President Obama’s announced move to normalize relations with Cuba should be welcome news for Americans who care about people. While the Cold War stand-off was understandable, more than 50 years of animosity and embargo are more than enough. It doesn’t take...
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...