What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

I would guess that most people observed Thanksgiving Day Thursday in the conventional manner — a big meal with family and friends gathered aroun...

November 28th, 2015 |  


A cure is at hand

A cure is at hand

When I first moved to the Yadkin Valley a dozen years ago, many things were different from my former home. Not least among them was that no one served...

November 27th, 2015 |  


Time for shoppers to put their foot down

Time for shoppers to put their foot down

The customer is always right.You’ve heard that, haven’t you. It’s supposed to be a staple of open commerce. If the customer doesn...

November 26th, 2015 updated: November 26th, 2015. |  


9,999 aren’t worth one American

Recently Gov. Pat McCrory sent a letter to the president basically saying “don’t send any Syrian refugees to our state.”I think McCr...

November 25th, 2015 |  


Cam Newton – a winner who’s a loser

Cam Newton – a winner who’s a loser

When can a winner still be a loser? It’s easy when your name is Cam Newton.Carolina Panthers supporters have reason to be happy this season, wit...

November 21st, 2015 |  


Just say thanks

Just say thanks

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of tu...

November 20th, 2015 |  


When a word isn’t a word

When a word isn’t a word

In the several months that I have been writing these columns, the indignity of advancing age has been a frequent topic but I like to think that I have...

November 20th, 2015 |  


Help Americans before taking in refugees

Help Americans before taking in refugees

Everywhere you turn lately is some information on either the Paris terrorist attacks or the influx of Syrian refugees.Public opinion has certainly tur...

November 18th, 2015 |  


Replay doesn’t get it right

Replay doesn’t get it right

Television has really become something around which the lives of some people revolve. People rush home at night to see their favorite reality shows, a...

November 18th, 2015 |  


Shopping locally is importantto town, and feels better, too

Shopping locally is importantto town, and feels better, too

Years ago when my children were still little, we lived in a tiny little town in north-central North Carolina, in a large, rambling, old house that was...

November 15th, 2015 |