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Tom Brokaw wrote his book, The Greatest Generation, about the men of World War Two. They rose up to defend a nation under attack, with great resolve that our United States would survive and thrive.
Tom Brokaw wrote his book, The Greatest Generation, about the men of World War Two. They rose up to defend a nation under attack, with great resolve that our United States would survive and thrive.
 
I can understand those who say they would rather “push a Ford than drive a Chevy.” And it is acceptable that some prefer Coke to Pepsi. There’s even space for those misguided souls who would rather have a Big Mac than a Whopper. Those are personal preferences and subject to personal opinion.
I can understand those who say they would rather “push a Ford than drive a Chevy.” And it is acceptable that some prefer Coke to Pepsi. There’s even space for those misguided souls who would rather have a Big Mac than a Whopper. Those are personal preferences and subject to personal opinion.
 
Early in September, a 13-year-old middle schooler committed suicide while on campus. Wendell Middle School released the students due to a “medical crisis,” and all the students went home. All except Austin Pendergrass who died that day.
Early in September, a 13-year-old middle schooler committed suicide while on campus. Wendell Middle School released the students due to a “medical crisis,” and all the students went home. All except Austin Pendergrass who died that day.
 
The Washington Post surveyed 19 of the most competitive election races in the country this year asking candidates, “Will you accept the results of your election?”
The Washington Post surveyed 19 of the most competitive election races in the country this year asking candidates, “Will you accept the results of your election?”
 
I share with you a piece I wrote for my blog, www.aVirtualChurch.com about care for the mentally ill. Since this piece was written some things about serving the mental health needs of North Carolina have changed, some have not.
I share with you a piece I wrote for my blog, www.aVirtualChurch.com about care for the mentally ill. Since this piece was written some things about serving the mental health needs of North Carolina have changed, some have not.
 
Elections have consequences, as we know all too well. This year’s November 8th midyear elections could prove to be among the most consequential on both the federal and state levels.
Elections have consequences, as we know all too well. This year’s November 8th midyear elections could prove to be among the most consequential on both the federal and state levels.
 
The news crawl across the bottom of the television gave us the news. Queen Elizabeth died the afternoon of September 8, 2022.
The news crawl across the bottom of the television gave us the news. Queen Elizabeth died the afternoon of September 8, 2022.
 
The young woman eulogized her Mother offering a framework of the virtue and purity of spirit her Mother embodied.
The young woman eulogized her Mother offering a framework of the virtue and purity of spirit her Mother embodied.
 
Labor Day signals the end of summer for many and has been a good time to reflect on where things stand and look ahead for things to come.
Labor Day signals the end of summer for many and has been a good time to reflect on where things stand and look ahead for things to come.
 
Armand Gamache, Louise Penny’s protagonist in “Glass Houses,” is in the courtroom, in the middle of a murder trial. The discussion is around what makes people kill.
Armand Gamache, Louise Penny’s protagonist in “Glass Houses,” is in the courtroom, in the middle of a murder trial. The discussion is around what makes people kill.
 
Back in the “bobby-sox 60’s” era Neil Sedaka recorded the song, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” I thought about it in contemplating a break-up of my own.
Back in the “bobby-sox 60’s” era Neil Sedaka recorded the song, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” I thought about it in contemplating a break-up of my own.
 
The North Carolina Supreme Court has opened Pandora’s box with their 4-3 decision on Voter ID. In Greek mythology Pandora’s curiosity led her to open a container entrusted to her husband, unleashing what we today call “a can of worms.”
The North Carolina Supreme Court has opened Pandora’s box with their 4-3 decision on Voter ID. In Greek mythology Pandora’s curiosity led her to open a container entrusted to her husband, unleashing what we today call “a can of worms.”
 
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. And the wheels on the yellow bus go ‘round and ‘round. Something feels right with the world when the normalcy of school days begins.
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. And the wheels on the yellow bus go ‘round and ‘round. Something feels right with the world when the normalcy of school days begins.
 
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” begins the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. And yet the self-evident truth of unalienable rights has never been fully lived as what is true in America.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” begins the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. And yet the self-evident truth of unalienable rights has never been fully lived as what is true in America.
 
Bells are ringing across North Carolina as some 1.5 million children start another school year. Can you remember your back-to-school experiences?
Bells are ringing across North Carolina as some 1.5 million children start another school year. Can you remember your back-to-school experiences?
 
The two books of my summer reading paint a picture of America that is both unsettling and understandable. Anne Applebaum is an award - winning historian and prizewinning author.
The two books of my summer reading paint a picture of America that is both unsettling and understandable. Anne Applebaum is an award - winning historian and prizewinning author.
 
To paraphrase Alice, who used the term to describe her adventures in Wonderland, election politics in America is getting “curiouser and curiouser.” North Carolina has been in the forefront of innovation and implementation
To paraphrase Alice, who used the term to describe her adventures in Wonderland, election politics in America is getting “curiouser and curiouser.” North Carolina has been in the forefront of innovation and implementation
 
Why does it seem we are willing to talk ourselves into a recession?
Why does it seem we are willing to talk ourselves into a recession?
 
When I went back to college in my late 40s, I remember walking through the libraries at Meredith and Duke talking to the books.
When I went back to college in my late 40s, I remember walking through the libraries at Meredith and Duke talking to the books.
 
Now I know how the British felt watching the Spanish Armada sail into English waters in July of 1588. King Philip II commissioned them to invade England with the intent of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I.
Now I know how the British felt watching the Spanish Armada sail into English waters in July of 1588. King Philip II commissioned them to invade England with the intent of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I.
 
Probably one of the first things you memorized and repeated in school every morning was the Pledge of Allegiance. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…..”
Probably one of the first things you memorized and repeated in school every morning was the Pledge of Allegiance. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…..”
 
There is a new telescope in town. The James Webb Space Telescope is going far, far away revealing secrets of the universe we have never seen before.
There is a new telescope in town. The James Webb Space Telescope is going far, far away revealing secrets of the universe we have never seen before.
 
It's been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November's general elections.
It's been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November's general elections.
 
North Carolina will be in the news once again next October as the US Supreme Court hears the case Moore vs. Harper, a case that could alter not only our state, but our democracy. We need to pay attention to this one.
North Carolina will be in the news once again next October as the US Supreme Court hears the case Moore vs. Harper, a case that could alter not only our state, but our democracy. We need to pay attention to this one.
 
There’s nothing better than curling up with some great fiction and a glass of sweet tea. But who would have suspected that fiction is transcripts of the January 6th House committee hearings?
There’s nothing better than curling up with some great fiction and a glass of sweet tea. But who would have suspected that fiction is transcripts of the January 6th House committee hearings?
 
Cheers and Anguish. Victory and Tragedy. Both are on full display now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. It’s been a long time in the making.
Cheers and Anguish. Victory and Tragedy. Both are on full display now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. It’s been a long time in the making.
 
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
 
There’s not much middle ground regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I’ve listened to some praising our Justices as well as others, usually louder, vilifying them.
There’s not much middle ground regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I’ve listened to some praising our Justices as well as others, usually louder, vilifying them.
 
We all knew it was coming. The leaked Alito Opinion turned out to be the actual opinion of the Supreme Court issued on June 24, 2022. For women, this will be a day that “will live in infamy.”
We all knew it was coming. The leaked Alito Opinion turned out to be the actual opinion of the Supreme Court issued on June 24, 2022. For women, this will be a day that “will live in infamy.”
 
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
 
Mr. Lieutenant Governor, the “I’s” have it. Insult. Injury. Ignorance. As a woman and a pastor in the United Methodist Church, I am greatly insulted by your comment that “Christians are called to be led by men.”
Mr. Lieutenant Governor, the “I’s” have it. Insult. Injury. Ignorance. As a woman and a pastor in the United Methodist Church, I am greatly insulted by your comment that “Christians are called to be led by men.”
 
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
 
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
 
My rumination around the most recent massacres has led me in several directions. I have only thoughts, no answers. But my heart and mind will process these events and all the previous killings until I find peace with this.
My rumination around the most recent massacres has led me in several directions. I have only thoughts, no answers. But my heart and mind will process these events and all the previous killings until I find peace with this.
 
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
 
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
 
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
 
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
 
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
 
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
 
Fishing, farming and forestry have historic foundations in our state. We also have a history of migration, moving from easternmost to increasingly westward locations.
Fishing, farming and forestry have historic foundations in our state. We also have a history of migration, moving from easternmost to increasingly westward locations.
 
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