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January 14, 2018

I enjoyed reading the recent Telegram story about Marion Nellum, the local woman who won $1 million on a $10 Big Money Super Ticket she bought at the EP Mart on Benvenue Road.

I like that somebody from Rocky Mount purchased a winning lottery ticket in a store I’ve patronized. And I like that…


December and January are contrasting bookends

January 07, 2018

December and January are so different in spirit. These two months marking the end of one calendar and the beginning of the next are as distinct as the years they end and usher in.

December is all about fun. We have vacation, decorations, parties, presents, and continuous Christmas music. Far-flung…


Fowl play highlights Christmas 2017

December 31, 2017

I will remember Christmas 2017 as the year the birds flew in the house.

I had volunteered to host the mid-December Christmas party of my writers’ group, a band of kindred spirits who meet monthly to share what we’ve penned. A few minutes before 6 p.m. when the gathering was to start, I…


Looking for the goods of Christmas Past

December 24, 2017

I’ve learned over the years of yuletide decorating that one of the first items to sell out are those little white lights with green cords that everyone uses on their Christmas trees. After the first week of December, these lights are as scarce as snow on a Rocky Mount Christmas. But what I…