Category: Reflections

The bigger the tale, the better

by Mimi Montgomery Storytelling is a prolific vocation in the South; honestly, I’m surprised it doesn’t come with a W-9 form around here. People will pull you aside and basically tell you everything about anything. I think it’s the reason…

Raleigh’s intricate mosaic

by James White When I walk down the streets of Raleigh, it is as if I can hear Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities running through my mind. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,…

Necessary discourse in the age of discord

by Christopher Edmonston photograph by Robert Willett Here in Raleigh, the statue of Zebulon Vance on the old State Capitol grounds sounds a timely admonition from the 19th century: “The subjection of every passion and prejudice to the cooler sway of judgment…

Looking at death, seeing life

by Ippy Patterson At 63, having been preoccupied with death as long as I could remember, squeamish, and having never taught anything in my life, I was asked whether I could help run a drawing group in the Duke University anatomy…

New Seasons

by Mimi Montgomery So – it’s spring, the start of a new season, once-dormant life now re-germinating in earnest, blinding calves emerging from shorts with startling enthusiasm. Whether you be flora or human, it’s hard not to to be joyful while…

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