More From Patsy Pridgen

September 23, 2018

I had an Uncle Floyd, and I have an Aunt Florence. The World Meteorological Organization should really check with me before naming any more hurricanes.

Seriously, though, both Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Florence have been similarly destructive with the extensive flooding they’ve caused.…


September 16, 2018

After a long weekend of semi-denial, it’s Tuesday, 9/11 — a sad date in America — and I find myself finally alarmed about Hurricane Florence.

Gov. Roy Cooper said the storm will bring wind and waves “like nothing you have ever seen.” And I’ve seen Fran and Floyd…


September 09, 2018

There are many reasons to visit Italy: World-famous art, ornate cathedrals, historic walled towns — and food.

Between visits to the Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the small towns of Tuscany, my recent trip gave me the chance to chow down on some fine…


September 02, 2018

Too often those of us who’ve been longtime residents of Rocky Mount tend to wax nostalgic about the good old days.

A downtown where everyone did all their shopping. A small town where kids roamed freely until dusk brought them home. A town with a thriving tobacco market, bustling mills and…


August 26, 2018

I was dashing into Walmart to look for a child’s birthday present when a display caught my eye. Back to School composition books were only 25 cents each. I bought a couple on my way out, just because they were such a deal and also a little for old times’ sake.

See, my days of needing…


August 19, 2018

This summer my husband and I, along with our travel friends, have decided to go rogue.

Instead of our usual carefully orchestrated river boat or cruise ship trip, we’re going to figure out our own itineraries. Our own meals. Our own transportation. We’re renting a villa in Italy.



August 12, 2018

Let me begin by saying I know I’m directionally-challenged. Still, what happened to me on the campus of N.C. State University was not entirely my fault.

I was scheduled to attend a writing seminar held in the University College Commons Building on State’s central campus. I had a…


August 05, 2018

Did you know that Rocky Mount Mills is to be the site of a 20-unit tiny home hotel? Or that the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men who were part of an all-terrain vehicle theft ring and recovered several ATV’s? Or that local truck drivers are upset about a new city…


July 29, 2018

The waves roll in, the tides recede. Over and over and over. The Atlantic Ocean is always there, looking much the same.

Since childhood, I have visited its shores countless times, first at Atlantic Beach and these days at Emerald Isle. Though the ocean is a constant, my beach experience has changed…


July 22, 2018

Recently many of us, myself included, were captivated by the story of the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Thailand’s Navy SEALS labored first to get supplies to the boys and then to extricate them through narrow, water-filled…

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