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October 15, 2017

On my recent trip to Portugal, a tour guide discussed the controversy surrounding the nationality of Christopher Columbus. Huh? I always thought Columbus was an Italian who was being funded by the Spanish monarchy when he accidentally discovered America as he was searching for a shorter route to…


Long live the confidence of children

October 08, 2017

“Granddaddy, do you know how to play the piano?” 6-year-old Charlie recently asked my husband. When Granddaddy Al confessed that no, he didn’t, Charlie was only too eager to trump him. “I do,” he declared.

I’d showed him a very simple song from his mother’s…


Cork souvenirs in Portugal were a surprise

October 01, 2017

On my recent trip to Portugal, the Rick Steves guidebook I checked out of Braswell Library was most helpful in detailing highlights of towns, the history of the country and popular regional foods. There was one area, though, where Rick Steves tripped up on his travel adviser job. He failed to…


East Carolina University has more to be proud of than football

September 24, 2017

My husband, who follows college sports more than I do, has informed me that our alma mater is ranked number one in this season’s football polls. Yes, he says, the East Carolina University Pirates have the dubious distinction of being first in both the CBS Sports Bottom 25 Football College…