Category: Reflections

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…

A Home in Raleigh

by Mimi Montgomery Home. It’s a broad concept with a myriad of meanings. Homer touched on it a bit with his boy Odysseus and his travels after Troy’s fall; Faulkner obsessed over home and its rootedness in the past; and I’m…

The Ocracoke Tribe

by Burke Koonce photographs by Missy McLamb In September 1976, on the Aldert Root Elementary School playground, there were really only three legitimate male “role models” for first grade boys. Hawkeye Whitney, the star forward on the N.C. State basketball team, was…

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