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More From Patsy Pridgen

December 24, 2017

I’ve learned over the years of yuletide decorating that one of the first items to sell out are those little white lights with green cords that everyone uses on their Christmas trees. After the first week of December, these lights are as scarce as snow on a Rocky Mount Christmas. But what I…

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December 17, 2017

Did you know that couples who annually put up more than one Christmas tree together are two times more likely to wind up in divorce court? Okay, I totally made that up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it’s true.

In this season of joy and peace, the annual lighting of O…

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December 10, 2017

Make it stop already. How many more icons of the news industry am I going to learn have acted like dirty old men? How much more disappointment can I take?

The latest chapter in the book of powerful men behaving badly began months ago with Fox News. I can’t say I was totally surprised to hear…

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December 03, 2017

This week, I asked my husband to channel his inner Kent King and write about our recent hunting trip in rural Illinois. I say “our” because I went, too. Here’s what he penned.

“The highly anticipated bow hunting trip to Illinois for big Midwestern whitetail deer has come and…

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November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving sneaked up on me this year, with the fourth Thursday of November being an early Nov. 23. So please excuse the fact that even though it’s now past Thanksgiving Day, I’m just unveiling my annual list of What I Am Thankful For. Below, in no particular order, is a smattering of…

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November 19, 2017

I don’t remember asking to go. Or being asked to go. I think an offhand remark sealed the deal. Something along the lines of, “If you ever take this trip again, I’m going with you to guarantee you don’t drive the entire 15 hours straight and wind up in the hospital with…

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November 12, 2017

When Walt Whitman wrote, “Give alms to everyone that asks,” he didn’t anticipate the well-oiled, multi-staffed fundraising departments of today’s charities. I’m betting he didn’t open his mailbox to daily requests for donations from a myriad of organizations.

I…

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November 05, 2017

I felt as though I were walking along the quaint streets of Charlotte’s revitalized Dilworth neighborhood or Raleigh’s reclaimed Oakwood district. On this fine Saturday afternoon in October, however, I was right here in Rocky Mount, strolling down Pearl, Nash, and Villa Streets, the…

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October 29, 2017

It’s Saturday morning and my husband and I are on our way to Asheville via Charlotte. We’re not due at our hotel in the mountains until Sunday afternoon, so we’ve decided to break up that long trip to Asheville with an overnight stay in Charlotte, home of two of our adult…

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October 22, 2017

When I retired from Nash Community College almost four years ago, one of my gifts was a silver necklace with a starfish charm. On presenting it to me, my department chair read a short story that went something like this:

An old man was walking along a beach covered with thousands of starfish after…

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