Category: Reflections

On mothers: What Miss Ruby taught me

by Lisa Grele Barrie photograph by Juli Leonard  Most Sunday afternoons after church, the Bullock family gathers at the Oakwood home of its matriarch, Miss Ruby, to share a meal and play some cards. I used to watch with curiosity as their…

Thank you for the privilege

by Larry Stogner photograph by Alex Boerner The words hit me like a punch to the gut. “You have ALS.” Wait, what? Your mind spins. Wheelchair. Ventilator. Feeding tube. Death. A most unpleasant scenario. Having just signed a new contract, I had…

Rediscovering Raleigh

by Mack Paul all images courtesy of Mack Paul “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once…

A story told by bloodlines

by Ippy Patterson I have a sheet of parchment with my ancestors’ names scrawled across its surface, a large chart made in the 1950s and ’60s by my great-uncle Bernard Knollenberg, an American historian. The tree was a gift to his…

The power of writing

by Settle Monroe I was in the fourth grade when a local writer visited our classroom for a week. She came to teach us about the life of a writer, effective literary techniques, and even some of her secret tricks….

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