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November 10, 2019

Today I was shopping in local stores for items to use in upcoming museum programs.

November 08, 2019

Those who know me know I’m paranoid about leading foragers astray, especially mushroom hunters. Recently, someone asked me to identify a picture of a mushroom in her yard, and it was a giant puffball. They’re common this time of year. They’re also edible when young.

These fungi…


November 08, 2019

Honoring veterans is entirely appropriate at any time. It certainly doesn’t need to be limited to Veterans Day but I’m glad we have a designated holiday to serve as a kind of reminder and milepost.

It’s also good that we have both Veterans Day and Memorial Day because they serve…


November 02, 2019

There’s a debate going on these days (all in fun, as far as I know) between those who believe candy corn is delicious and those who think it’s atrocious.

October 27, 2019

Military life is difficult, and transitioning to civilian life after a military career can also be challenging. Thankfully, the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, provides information to help with the transition to civilian life.

TAP provides information, tools and training to help service…


October 26, 2019

If there’s such a thing as perfect weather we have had it this week.

October 26, 2019

I guess you could call it a GMO.

October 20, 2019

This week marks the 245th anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party, an event often described as the first political action against British rule organized by female colonists in the Americas. To understand why 51 women gathered in Edenton on Oct. 25, 1774, we must discuss preceding events.

Spurred by…

October 19, 2019

Yellow poplars — also called tulip trees — are tall, straight, fast-growing trees with great fall color. Trees often attain heights of a hundred feet or more. They also require little or no pruning to develop a uniform and dense canopy. These attributes make them a good choice for…

October 19, 2019

In honor of Homecoming weekend at Elizabeth City State University, here are some of my favorite songs for a North Carolina Homecoming:

“Back Home Again” by John Denver — This is a beautiful ode to home and hearth. I never get tired of hearing it.

“Take me Home, Country…

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