Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ a stunning follow to ‘The Underground Railroad’

The Nickel Boys; By Colson Whitehead; Penguin Random House LLC, 2019; 210 pages. Colson Whitehead doesn't waste words. Among novelists today, he's the ultimate  economist in that department. Every short sentence serves a purpose. His stories unfold like a well-worn document that contains untold secrets tucked away in the corner of an old nightstand. He's also on … Continue reading Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ a stunning follow to ‘The Underground Railroad’

Helping cancer patients and remembering friends like Don Bolden and Mike Wilder

Last year at this time I was in the middle of the tough two-month process of saying goodbye to Don Bolden, who would pass away quietly on Aug. 2, 2018 after a battle with cancer that lasted a little less than nine months. Don, the editor emeritus of the Burlington Times-News and the man who … Continue reading Helping cancer patients and remembering friends like Don Bolden and Mike Wilder

There’s a new chef in town: Hiring Kyle Wilkerson a coup for Burlington Beer Works

Kyle Wilkerson got his first look at kitchen operations for Burlington Beer Works on June 25. At the time he was interviewing for the position of executive chef, which would become open in July. Wilkerson, one of the top farm-to-table chefs in North Carolina, would be an interesting and perhaps an exceptional hire for the … Continue reading There’s a new chef in town: Hiring Kyle Wilkerson a coup for Burlington Beer Works

Satisfying my longtime curiosity about the old May Hosiery Mill, uh, May Hosiery Lofts

I have always had some curiosity about the old May Hosiery Mill in downtown Burlington. During my first nine years working across the street from it at the Burlington Times-News it was still a functioning operation. It was joined to another building across Morehead Street with an overhead connection between the two buildings with Kayser-Roth … Continue reading Satisfying my longtime curiosity about the old May Hosiery Mill, uh, May Hosiery Lofts