More From Patsy Pridgen

May 12, 2019

Have you ever visited the Whirligig Park in Wilson?

Thirty gigantic metal structures turn this way and that as they catch the breeze. The whirligigs are never truly still, stirring at even the slightest breath of wind. There is a busyness there, a sense of constant motion. Much like my life used to…


May 05, 2019

One is a 7-year-old second-grader. The other is a 5-year-old bound for kindergarten this fall.

The second-grade boy likes the outdoors, walking in the woods and catching fish. The pre-school boy is a builder, creating elaborate structures from Legos and wooden blocks.

Over two years apart with…


April 28, 2019

“How can our natural gas bill be almost $40 when the only gas we use is the fireplace and it’s been on maybe twice during the last month?” I complained to my husband. I was looking at my March Rocky Mount Public Utilities bill. “I have half a mind to call and cancel the gas…


April 21, 2019

As a Rocky Mount resident, I was more than a little disturbed to see the name of the party booked for Good Friday at the Rocky Mount Event Center: Grown and Sexy.

Grown and Sexy? This didn’t sound like a wholesome sporting event or a family-friendly concert. Were my city tax dollars helping…


April 14, 2019

If I were asked for words that describe Cuba, I’d list communist Russian pawn, Fidel Castro, boat people fleeing to Florida, cigars and vintage cars.

My perception of this country has been shaped from various experiences such as watching the 1962 Cuban missile crisis on a black and white…


April 07, 2019

When nutritionists recommend eating fish a couple of times a week, they’re not talking about preparing it my favorite way: fried.

While grilled salmon is tasty and canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise makes a decent sandwich, there’s something extra tasty about battered, deep-fried fish.…


March 31, 2019

After leaving recent City Council meetings feeling confused, chastised, exasperated and discouraged, I decided I needed a positive Rocky Mount municipal experience. Thus, I attended the March meeting of Preservation Rocky Mount.

The speaker for the night was Sam Johnson, a member of another…


March 24, 2019

It was an outrage. Actresses Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and Lori Loughlin (“Full House”), among other wealthy parents, paid vast sums of money to a college-admissions prep company that arranged for phony test scores or fake athletic credentials to get kids…

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