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February 17, 2019

To celebrate Black History Month, I wanted to reflect on the life and work of Elizabeth Keckley. If you’re unsure of who she is, or why, like myself, you don’t remember her name from your history classes, let me begin with this: She was among one of the first African American women to…

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February 16, 2019

I was walking around in the brush recently and noticed thick stands of cockleburs. I tried to avoid them, but before I realized it my pants collected dozens.

People with hunting dogs know all about cockleburs. Long-haired dogs have even more problems. Sometimes prickly burs get so entangled that…

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February 14, 2019

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day I am grateful for a love song that is as unlikely as it is infectious.

Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl” has really grown on me since I first heard it just a few years ago. It’s a great love song in that it just basks in the joy of love and…


February 10, 2019

Agriculture is one of the themes for exhibits and programming at the Museum of the Albemarle in 2019. When MOA first opened its doors in 1967, some of the first collected artifacts were related to agriculture.

Over the next 50 years the collection grew to include soybean harvesters, grain fans,…

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February 09, 2019

When my son was a kid, I bought him a video camera so he could make his own little movies. Many of them featured toys and action figures. His first was a short stop-motion film starring a plastic model of Godzilla that appeared to lurch across the screen.

This week I feel like movies have come full…


February 09, 2019

I was talking to a friend recently about an expensive honey from New Zealand. It’s called manuka honey and it comes from the flowers of the manuka tree. Manuka trees are commonly called New Zealand tea trees and are in the myrtle family.

Raw honey is naturally antimicrobial and has long been…

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February 08, 2019

I have enjoyed these few warm days this week.

The cold is coming back, of course. And why shouldn’t it? It’s only February, after all.

I hear it will be significantly colder this weekend.

But the brief warm spell was a nice respite.

I drove with my windows down a couple of days. I…


February 03, 2019

Revered jazz drummer Max Roach was one of the premier innovators of bebop jazz and a formidable composer.

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February 02, 2019

Babe Hardy began his acting career in Jacksonville, Florida, which was the center of the movie industry before it found its way to Hollywood, California.

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February 01, 2019

Not long after I wrote a column on ospreys, I spotted a pair of mature bald eagles on Northeastern’s campus.

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