The return of recreational reading; or, stuff to do this summer

I stopped reading for fun a couple of years ago. It happened gradually. I didn't really notice for several months. And then one day I realized I hadn't cracked a book in a long time, forget fiction novels. It just wasn't happening. It worried me a little. Reading was my primary hobby dating to childhood. … Continue reading The return of recreational reading; or, stuff to do this summer

Former Phoenix John Brebbia makes a rare rise to the Major Leagues

John Brebbia entered his second Major League Baseball game Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was the fifth inning of a butt-ugly game between the Cardinals – the team Brebbia joined on Saturday from Triple A Memphis – and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The bases were loaded, Cards down 6-3. The previous … Continue reading Former Phoenix John Brebbia makes a rare rise to the Major Leagues

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