Keeping a successful used bookstore in downtown Burlington

I got a message last week from Bennett Harris, the owner of Steam Junction, downtown Burlington's maker space. He was letting me know that Shawna Gentert, our colleague on the Burlington Downtown Corporation Board of Directors and owner with her husband Herb of Persnickety Books, would be leaving the area soon. The family is returning … Continue reading Keeping a successful used bookstore in downtown Burlington

Let there be lights: My spouse’s journey to becoming Clark Griswold

The other night I was watching the now iconic holiday movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Somewhere between the time the always wacky Griswold family obtains a Christmas tree only Paul Bunyan could use but before clueless Uncle Louis fries the ginormous evergreen with his cigar, the film's perpetually befuddled and clumsy hero Clark W. Griswold … Continue reading Let there be lights: My spouse’s journey to becoming Clark Griswold

Family histories, unwanted surprises, and don’t call me Meredith

History has dark corners. I think most are aware of this, even if they choose to ignore it. Ignorance is always easier. Family histories are particularly tricky. This is because the narrative is controlled, handed down generation to generation, until it becomes a specialized truth. And some things are just flat ignored, falling in the … Continue reading Family histories, unwanted surprises, and don’t call me Meredith

Still thankful for our big, beautiful (and growing) monster

We created a monster. It’s called “The Big Dinner.” Now, what came to be known as “The Big Dinner” didn’t start out that way. Not by a longshot. Eight years ago when this snowball was put in motion by my spouse, her sister and her oldest brother it was relatively small. You couldn’t exactly call … Continue reading Still thankful for our big, beautiful (and growing) monster

Maurice Koury was always comfortable in the background and still is at Schar Center

https://twitter.com/i/status/1061082322391437312 When University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams agreed to bring his nationally ranked and highly popular team to Elon for the opening game in the university's brand new Schar Center a lot of thoughts probably went through his mind. Typically coaches in major conferences don't like to go on the road … Continue reading Maurice Koury was always comfortable in the background and still is at Schar Center