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Lifestyles Columnists

June 22, 2018

I walked around my yard recently and realized certain plants are taking over my landscaping. Most of the culprits are woody vines. Most are also native species and natives are all the rage right now.

Just because a plant is native doesn’t mean it’s desirable in one’s landscape. My…

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June 21, 2018

Whoever said it was going to be hot this week knew what they were talking about.

It is hot. And it’s humid.

Anybody who says, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” is half right — it’s the heat and the humidity.

I actually enjoy hot weather and have not…

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June 17, 2018

Last week, MOA opened its newest exhibit featuring artifacts recovered from excavations at the River Bridge site in the Pasquotank River. For those who had the opportunity to visit, we hope you enjoyed the exhibit and learned about the science of archaeology. If you did not get a chance to visit,…

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June 15, 2018

I’ve lived my life in basically three different regions. My first 22 years were spent in northeastern Maine. I’ve lived my last 22 years in northeastern North Carolina. In between, I lived in north-central West Virginia.

Certain plants endear me to all three places. Some of these plants…

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June 14, 2018

The best super hero movie is not one about Marvel’s “Iron Man” or “Spider-Man.” Nor is it about DC’s “Superman” or “Bat-Man.” In fact, I doubt you’d recognize their names if I didn’t remind you.

Of course, I’m speaking of…

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June 14, 2018

“I’d be better off in a pine box/On a slow train back to Georgia/Or in the grey walls of a prison doing time/I think I’d rather die and go to hell and face the Devil/Than to lie here with you and him together on my mind.”

Those of you who are fans of country music may…

June 10, 2018

 

It’s summertime in Elizabeth City once again, a time when we realize just how lucky we are to live so close to the beach. Summer weekends find many of us heading across the Camden Causeway Bridge in search of sun, sand, and sea.

But we’re not the first to seek nearby ocean…

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June 08, 2018

Local cabbage fields are nearing harvest. Many would be already if fields hadn’t been so wet. I always look forward to fresh cabbage. It’s so versatile.

One of my favorite cabbage dishes is sauerkraut. My mother-in-law made the best I’ve ever tasted. Elloise Minney passed nine…

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June 07, 2018

Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City has some magnificent trees.

For many of you that observation will seem akin to “the sky is up” or “the ground is down.”

But others of you might not have ever noticed.

I’m not sure I had noticed until this week.

Now don’t get me…

June 03, 2018

Joseph Charles Price, an African American native of Elizabeth City, was considered one of the greatest orators of the nineteenth century. The London Times called him the “World’s Orator.”

By the time of his early death at the age of 39, he was a world recognized orator, president…

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