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Every year, once the madness of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday has passed, Lani and I wander out to find the perfect Fraser fir to take home and decorate.

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Call me skeptical. But when Republicans en masse start calling for a sweeping overhaul of the tax code, grab your wallet, button the back pocket and cinch up in a trench coat. I see a desperate political move, not “something really great,” for most of us.

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I love history. I love mystery. And a friend who volunteers at the Humane Society put me onto a little of both when she mentioned a graveyard on the grounds of Hillcrest Park in Carthage. I don’t always go to graveyards, but when I do ...

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A thread of thought began last June while I was attending a lecture presented by the Institute For Emerging Issues, a department within NC State University. From this lecture, one bit of information really stuck out, and has stayed with me.

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A recent trip to New Bern on business left Lani and me with a half-day of vacation to look around one of the oldest towns in the state — and one of the most historic as a result. During our wanderings, I was reminded of a part of North Carolina history that had dimmed over time.

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If you are paying attention to the news at all, you have to be aware of a new level of energy surrounding racial profiling, racial justice in the courts, and something of a disconnect between many citizens — especially in the black community — and law enforcement.

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The most interesting show in Moore County not under a big top has got to be the annual “100 Years of Progress” weekend exhibition held in “Ederville,” the home turf of Ken and Patty Eder, just outside Carthage.

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Sitting with our friends in the small side room of an old tavern in Charlestown, Mass., brought with it a palpable sense of history — an extension backward in time to a world where Americans still bowed to the king of England while resenting most of the officials he sent to govern in his stead.

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Was the Gamecocks football program at the University of South Carolina really concerned about being accused of breaking the rules in its choice of the icing it put on cookie cakes given to recruits visiting the campus?

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A recent article about the 30th anniversary of the Apple MacIntosh computer’s introduction brought a moment of reflection about how far technology has come over those three short decades. Remember the Mac, the small desktop computer that because the first popular machine to use a mouse and s…

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The 1960s are often described by historians as having the most significant changes in history. While 1960 to 1962 looked a lot like the 1950s, the world has been “all shook up” for the past 50 years, beginning in ’63.

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This column was supposed to be how the reality of Big Brother in 1984 is already in place and the concept of privacy is now a quaint memory. Instead, I woke up thinking about the mystery of dragonflies.