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September 24, 2017

My husband, who follows college sports more than I do, has informed me that our alma mater is ranked number one in this season’s football polls. Yes, he says, the East Carolina University Pirates have the dubious distinction of being first in both the CBS Sports Bottom 25 Football College…


For Patsy, traveling requires research

September 17, 2017

Being the Type A person that I am, I have always done my homework. Currently, I’m researching an upcoming trip to Spain and Portugal. Since I’m pretty sure I will never pass this way again, I intend to get as much out of my visit as possible. Knowing something about where I’m…


Every day is Grandparents Day

September 10, 2017

Chances are, you don’t know today is a holiday. I didn’t either, until I happened to glance at my desk calendar and saw the words, “Grandparents Day” printed on Sunday, Sept. 10. Yep, right there along with Labor Day on the 4th and the First Day of Autumn on the 22nd.…


Jim Dickens was one of the best

September 03, 2017

I knew him before he knew me. Who is this man behind the microphone, I wondered, the emcee of the Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Tournament? It was 1990 at Northgreen Country Club, and this was my introduction to one of Rocky Mount’s finest citizens, Jim Dickens.

I hadn’t been back in…