From Austin Powers to gold balloons

From Austin Powers to gold balloons

As a returning resident of North Carolina about 14 years ago, it became clear that being able to dance the shag was an important life skill.I hadnR...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Making time to ‘smell’ the roses

Making time to ‘smell’ the roses

Life gave me a subtle nudge this week. Okay, more of a 2x4 upside the head.Last week was pretty stressful around the office, and I certainly was feeli...

September 28th, 2017 |  


Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

If you suddenly woke up from a two-year amnesiac coma and didn’t have a calendar handy, you’d still know Mayberry Days was under way in Mo...

September 23rd, 2017 |  


Obadiah – little book, big message

Obadiah – little book, big message

Obadiah, an Old Testament Prophet, lived during the time of the reign of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. According to Jewish historians, Obadiah tended t...

September 22nd, 2017 |  


Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

On the way to work today, I somehow ended up behind a sort of faux-Conestoga covered wagon which was impeding traffic considerably. But why should I b...

September 22nd, 2017 |  


County budget choices leave bad taste

County budget choices leave bad taste

On Monday night, the Surry County Board of Commissioners chose not to amend its budget to assist three local fire stations.That is perfectly within th...

September 21st, 2017 |  


What’s up with the hurricane names?

What’s up with the hurricane names?

Although the two recent hurricanes have passed into meteorological history, millions in Texas, Florida and elsewhere are still dealing with the misery...

September 16th, 2017 |  


‘Celebrate Ag’ – hissy fits no, skills yes

‘Celebrate Ag’ – hissy fits no, skills yes

There is no reason, no reason at all, to suspect that an event called “Celebrating Agriculture” would hold any allure for me. On the surfa...

September 15th, 2017 |  


Amos — the farmer-prophet

Amos — the farmer-prophet

One of the most colorful minor prophets in the Old Testament was the prophet Amos. Amos admitted to the palace court in Israel that he was just a shep...

September 15th, 2017 |  


What’s the best QB class ever?

What’s the best QB class ever?

With the NFL season now underway, my mind drifts to football.ESPN had a feature last week about a bumper crop of good college quarterbacks coming up. ...

September 14th, 2017 |