What could you learn from a trip down the Cape Fear River?
H.G. Jones knows how to put a mark on important historical events. He spent a lifetime doing it for others, serving as curator of the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill for many years. Before that he was director of N.C. Department of Archives and History.
A recent day at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village marked another important event, his 90th birthday. Not content to celebrate only with his friends, he joined with two fellow Galloway residents, Lee Stillman, who also became 90 this month, and Ted Reyling, who became 95.
Their friends and families packed the largest room at Galloway Ridge.
When Franklin McCain died last week, I remembered how often his acts and his words inspired me.
Finally there is good news again about Chapel Hill in The New York Times and other national media.
After raking our university over the coals last week and then blowing on those coals to keep the story alive, today’s Times turns favorable attention to our town. The Times Sunday Book Review heaps praise on “Starting Over,” the new book of short stories by Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer.
Famed Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer has proved a North Carolina rule again.
“Ninety is the new 60.”
Around here in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, any news about Lee Smith is big news.
It is not only because she is such a prominent citizen whose writing brings favorable attention to our towns from her fans across the world. It is more because she has earned the friendship of so many by her generous contributions of her talent and fame to so many good causes in our community. She has been a promoter, mentor and best friend to most of the many writers and aspiring writers who live here.
When politics is the topic, there is always more to talk about.
So it is with the book on North Carolina politics that was the subject of a recent column. I keep going back to East Carolina University Professor Tom Eamon’s “The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory.”
What can we do in Chapel Hill during the winter holidays when the campus is deserted and the doldrums begin to set in?
One good answer is, “Take a walk.”
Our town is blessed with many great pathways for winter hikes.
Just in time for the new year, a new book puts modern North Carolina politics in perspective.
“The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory,” by East Carolina University Professor Tom Eamon covers North Carolina and its politics from 1948 through last year’s election.
Although he had pushed for her to spend a few days with him at Christmas time, he could not say he was happy that she was coming.
Maybe, though, this little girl could turn things around for him.
Are you missing the right gifts for some important people on your shopping list?
There is help from some of the best and most popular North Carolina-connected storytellers, whose new books might be lifesavers for you.
“The Crunkleton is the best secret I have.”
Chapel Hill author of “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace was writing in “Garden & Gun” magazine about a West Franklin Street bar, The Crunkleton.
Nelson Mandela’s death last week at the age of 95 prompted a worldwide celebration of his life. The attention to him these past few days is testimony to the power of his wise and unselfish leadership.
What is the connection between Shanghai and Carrboro? And what is the place in Shanghai that shows that connection?
Everybody from our towns who gets to go (or has to go) to Shanghai should visit a European-style home in the former “French Concession” of Shanghai. Not many westerners go there. But there is a regular flow of Chinese people to what is called “The former residence of Madame Sun Yat-sen.” Madame Sun, also known as Soong Ching-ling, was married to Sun Yat-sen. He was an early revolutionary who sought to bring down the government of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.
Late last month, a headline in The New York Times announced “Louis D. Rubin Jr., Publisher, Scholar and Champion of Southern Writers, Dies at 89.” Similarly at the top of a story in The Washington Post, “Louis D. Rubin, fount of Southern writing, dies at 89.”