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Lifestyles Columnists

July 23, 2017

On Wednesday night, July 25, 1917, Richard Dillard Dixon sat down in his rented hotel room and wrote a quick letter home. “Dear Papa . . . I have joined . . . a command.” So began a trek that took one North Carolinian from the banks of the Albemarle to the banks of the Rhine.

Over the…

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July 22, 2017

While I was having dinner at Cypress Creek Grill nine years ago, I stared at the cars passing by on Water Street as the Pasquotank River set in the background like an uninvited but welcome guest at my table.

It had been years since I had written for the newspaper or in any capacity. A couple months…

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July 21, 2017

For the last few weeks I’ve profiled perennial herbs. No herb garden would be complete without adding this annual one. Basil is probably grown by more gardeners than any other herbs.

There are so many different types and cultivars of basil it’s mind-boggling. There are purple ruffles…

July 16, 2017

Museums are one of the greatest sources to learn about the history of your region and those that lived in the area. The Museum of the Albemarle tells these stories through exhibits and programming. Most readers are aware of attempts in the 1840s to travel westward and have heard of the Donner Party,…

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July 16, 2017

Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion?

Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.”

Why would he want to take on the task of showing that the discoveries of science…

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July 15, 2017

Spoiler Alert: That final scene in “The Planet of the Apes” (1968) has to be one of the most iconic twists in science fiction history. In the final moment, Charlton Heston, an astronaut who has crashed on a strange planet ruled by apes, discovers the Statue of Liberty half-buried on a…

July 14, 2017

Many people like the pungent flavor onions and garlic provide. The problem is the flavor is often too strong. Enter chives, which can be regular (similar to onion) or garlic types.

It seems no baked potato is complete without sour cream and chives. Chives liven up almost any sour cream or cream…

July 13, 2017

Now that Pasquotank County has moved from the cold wet disease season, we have entered another disease ridden season some may refer to as “The Muggy Zone.” This season is characterized by extremely high temperatures and humidity near 90 percent.

Late and early blight are no longer a…

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July 12, 2017

I have often heard you’re only as old as you feel. If that’s the case, my age fluctuates wildly from day to day — maybe even moment to moment.

If I am exercising, listening to music or doing any number of things I really enjoy, I sometimes feel like I’m in my 30s again.

When…

July 12, 2017

Being outside on these hot, humid days makes me thankful for the AC.

I was sweating on our walk down Main from Water to Road streets during the Friday Art Walk before reaching our cool refuge. The rush of chilled air was a welcome relief as we entered the Red Rabbit, filled with people enjoying the…

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