The green vase

For the past few years I have posted this over Memorial Day Weekend. It's the strongest memory I have from my newspaper life at the Jacksonville Daily News in North Carolina, the home of Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine Corps installation on the East Coast. I'll always remember. The vase is still with me. ---- … Continue reading The green vase

Accepting Elon president’s final challenge to support education

Historically, Elon University President Leo M. Lambert closes commencement on a Saturday in May with a challenge to the freshly minted crop of graduates. It's called a charge for the class of that particular year. Saturday in front of the Alamance Building on campus he issued his final one for Elon grads. See the video … Continue reading Accepting Elon president’s final challenge to support education

The debate to advance the ABSS strategic plan, even a little bit, will be a hot one

A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call from Alamance County Commissioner Amy Galey. She wanted to talk about something written on this site a couple of weeks ago, “In need of education about following a strategic plan.” The call was a first since I moved from newspapers to higher education but not … Continue reading The debate to advance the ABSS strategic plan, even a little bit, will be a hot one

Destination Alamance County: We have more visitors than expected but there’s room to grow

"In your opinion what are the three greatest things to do in Alamance County for visitors in the following areas” . . .  (The survey question then goes on to list things like family activities, food, history and shopping.) I was briefly stumped on the very last one, adventure. Adventure? Adventure?? Adventure??? So, the first … Continue reading Destination Alamance County: We have more visitors than expected but there’s room to grow

Wicked sad news: Why I like to support the little guys

My grandfather owned a hardware store in a little town somewhere between Winston-Salem and the Virginia state line. For years his store carried just about anything people in Walnut Cove, North Carolina might want. Yes, “Mr. Boley,” as he was known to townsfolk, sold basic hardware stuff -– nails, hammers, nuts, bolts, washtubs and paint. … Continue reading Wicked sad news: Why I like to support the little guys