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November 12, 2017

When Walt Whitman wrote, “Give alms to everyone that asks,” he didn’t anticipate the well-oiled, multi-staffed fundraising departments of today’s charities. I’m betting he didn’t open his mailbox to daily requests for donations from a myriad of organizations.

I…


Villa Place home tour showcased downtown living

November 05, 2017

I felt as though I were walking along the quaint streets of Charlotte’s revitalized Dilworth neighborhood or Raleigh’s reclaimed Oakwood district. On this fine Saturday afternoon in October, however, I was right here in Rocky Mount, strolling down Pearl, Nash, and Villa Streets, the…


Driving to Charlotte Doesn’t Have to be Stressful

October 29, 2017

It’s Saturday morning and my husband and I are on our way to Asheville via Charlotte. We’re not due at our hotel in the mountains until Sunday afternoon, so we’ve decided to break up that long trip to Asheville with an overnight stay in Charlotte, home of two of our adult…


Making a difference, one student at a time

October 22, 2017

When I retired from Nash Community College almost four years ago, one of my gifts was a silver necklace with a starfish charm. On presenting it to me, my department chair read a short story that went something like this:

An old man was walking along a beach covered with thousands of starfish after…