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Though I can’t improve on the most recent edition of The Pilot’s much-awaited annual Best of the Pines section, please allow me to add an admittedly arbitrary list of some of my own favorite things.

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When Brenda and I and daughter Kate first landed here in Moore County a little over 20 years ago, we didn’t exactly drop down and kiss this sandy ground. But we might as well have.

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Mary Lou Herre, who now lives in Pinehurst, was always pretty sure of her ethnic heritage while growing up as Mary Lou Kalafus in Pennsylvania coal country.

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Sitting in the darkened balcony of Sanford’s Temple Theatre last Friday evening and watching a lively, sold-out production of the musical “Footloose” on the well-worn stage below, I found myself pondering two questions in between bursts of applause.

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“Don’t you think it’s time for another of your ‘Things I Like About Southern Pines’ columns?’” a polite but anonymous feminine voice inquired in a message left on my Pilot phone the other day.

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As a kid growing up in Carthage, Missouri, in the 1950s, I always wondered why my paternal grandmother, Frances Moore Bouser, kept a framed portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on her living room wall.

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“Y’all get a lot of letters down there at The Pilot, don't you?” an acquaintance asked after stopping me on the street the other day. “How do you decide which ones to publish?”