Editor’s Column

A Wish for Christmas

A whole dozen, can you even imagine? Eight girls and four boys and they all lived with their mama and daddy in a farmhouse with no electricity, no running water, in Guilford County. Clifton. Ralph. Clyde. Grant (who, oddly, they
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Songs in the Key of Life

It was a stereo, not a radio, even though the box said it came from Radio Shack. And it was a birthday present, maybe even the best one I ever got, the one that crossed me over from the era
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Full Service

My mother turns in to Steve’s BP at Friendly Center in Greensboro, but instead of pulling in at the self-service pumps, where I normally go, she eases in beside the full-service station and waits. Tommy, one of the service technicians,
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When Life Was So Tender

It was still summer until Labor Day, and then, magically, it was fall, even though the gauge on the weather thermometer said no way. We wore our new fall clothes to school anyway. As soon as we got permission to
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It Was a Good Lunch

In the 1940s, when the bell rang for lunch, the boys and girls at Coleridge School reached beneath their desks and pulled out their lunch bags, brown paper sacks that held whatever their mom put in there that morning. Some
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A Midsummer Classic

Here is July 1: the 182nd day of the year, the halfway point, the midsection of 2014, with 183 days left.

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Animal Rescue

The little black dog wore a yellow bandanna patterned with tiny monkeys — Curious George — around her neck. She sat on the curb in the parking lot of a shopping center, one of about a dozen animals in a
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Sea Change

At Ocean Isle Beach, there are things that you might not expect to encounter, like the 11 varieties of palm trees that rise up from The Winds resort, and the sticky ribs and Jamaican fried plantains at the little yellow
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What These Words Can Do

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are, Up above the world so high/ …” I’ll bet I can tell you what just happened. Whether you’re 25 or 45 or 75, you just finished the next line in
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The Magic of the Movies

When my dad went off to college at UNC in the 1950s, his friends made fun of him the first time he suggested they go to the “picture show.” That’s all he’d ever heard the movies called when he was
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