Bring back bumper stickers

Bring back bumper stickers

I remember the good old days. Those days when North Carolina was ignored by the presidential candidates. Those days when North Carolina was considered...

November 6th, 2016 |  


In the sweet bye and bye

In my grandmother’s time, and even in my younger days, porch visiting was an almost daily social event.In the Carolina countryside, where summer...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Learning the grandparent rules

Learning the grandparent rules

During the last ten years I’ve learned a new set of rules. They’re called the Grandparent Rules. And recently I saw one of those rules in ...

October 16th, 2016 |  


A change in plans

A change in plans

Gertrude had a plan. Her dream was to be the personal secretary to the Prime Minister of England. In 1908, that was probably the highest and most impo...

October 2nd, 2016 |  


Remembering Dale’s last round

Remembering Dale’s last round

That Friday was one of those few days in August where the weather was bearable. The weather was more than just bearable, it was actually comfortable. ...

August 21st, 2016 updated: August 21st, 2016. |  


Boykin a man who will live on in the hearts of many

Boykin a man who will live on in the hearts of many

There’s a song that keeps ringing in my ears. Some of the words are, “When you hear of my homegoing, don’t worry about me. I’m...

August 19th, 2016 updated: August 19th, 2016. |  


Remembering days on the beach

The dawn is heavy with the promise of another summer day patiently waiting to be born. In the stillness of this early hour, the sky to the east lighte...

August 18th, 2016 updated: August 18th, 2016. |  


The quest for community

The quest for community

When people ask me where I grew up, I often answer, “Downtown Clement.” Downtown Clement? Yep, between Clement School and Garthie Carroll&...

August 14th, 2016 updated: August 14th, 2016. |  


The husband hunters

Fall arrives as always, chasing close behind August. When I was a child in Virginia, it’s warning chill closed in before the last crops of summe...

August 11th, 2016 |  


SI internship delivers experience

SI internship delivers experience

It has been a very short summer, or at least that’s what it’s felt like. I’ve been a summer intern for The Sampson Independent since...

August 9th, 2016 updated: August 9th, 2016. |