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Lifestyles Columnists

April 19, 2019

Easter has arrived once more.

April 14, 2019

When one thinks of North Carolina agricultural products, the first commodity that comes to mind is tobacco. But that’s not the case in the northeastern part of the state. Here, the Irish potato rules.

Settlers to the Albemarle from Virginia in the mid-17th century began cultivating potatoes…

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April 13, 2019

Wild fennel is an invasive weed, but I still like it.

Actually, it’s not truly wild. It’s escaped and naturalized, and it has been for a long time. Wild fennel is like fennel found in nurseries and stores, and you can find it anywhere.

I ran into a bunch of it the other day. From a…

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April 07, 2019

Walking a mile -- or in my case, only a single lap -- around ECSU’s Roebuck Stadium in high heels offered a mind-opening, foot-torturing experience. It was also very humbling, which was the intended effect: A view from the feminine perspective, if only from their high-heeled vantage point,…

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April 07, 2019

I’m still celebrating March and International Women’a Month. In searching for a women to celebrate, I came across famous American women like Betsy Ross, Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony. But then, Catherine Sweet Babington was mentioned; I wondered who she was, and why she was…

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April 05, 2019

Mockingbirds are cool. We have a few at school, and one likes to play games with me. He’ll fly beside me and stop a short distance in front of me while I talk to him. When I get within four or five feet, he flies a little further. Never does he seem intimidated.

I did some research on…

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April 04, 2019

We have had some strong winds around here in the past week or so.

Winds are one of the signs that spring is upon us. Judging by that one sign alone, spring has definitely arrived.

And we’re starting to see other indicators of the season, too.

Churches are preparing for Easter sunrise services,…

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April 04, 2019

I grew up in North Carolina and I remember this story, the coming together of a civil rights activist and an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. Sort of like the laying down of lamb and lion.

Real-life activist Ann Atwater’s “ loud, demanding,and assertive personality” helped her…

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March 31, 2019

‘Time was, not too long ago’, school children in the Albemarle region didn’t have to be taught about life on the farm.

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March 29, 2019

I finally had to cut the grass this past weekend.

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