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What These Words Can Do

In eliminating poetry from our lives, we miss discovering a pursuit of pleasure that we didn’t even know we needed.

Editor's Column

The Magic of the Movies

The pictures may look the same on screen, but we can no longer legitimately call them “films.”

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And Dance by the Light of the Moon

From the living room, which faces east, they’ll see it rise. I’ll bet it’ll be bright. I’ll bet it’ll be beautiful.

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How Lovely It Was

Before I was old enough for midnight movies or grown-up parties or Champagne dinners, I spent every New Year’s Eve at my grandmother’s house.

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What You Can’t See

It’s becoming so clear to me that real gifts aren’t the ones under the tree.

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A Silent Salute

I thought about all the people who carry scars others can’t see. About how we go on anyway, with courage, with strength, with our heads held high.

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No Ocean in the Mountains

In 1988, I slapped an Appalachian State University sticker on the rear window of my car and headed west to the mountains. I drove away from my home in Randolph County, down U.S. Highway 64, and past the Uwharries, which, until my college years, had been the highest peaks I’d ever seen. On move-in day, … Continued

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Hey, Good Lookin’

On the places where the colorless veil of memory lifts, and the past stares back at us, all dressed up and looking every bit as beautiful as we remember.

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Wish You Were Here

Shortly after Hawaii became the 50th state admitted to the Union, my great-aunt Hazel and her husband, Raymond, set off for their vacation of a lifetime.