Category: Reflections

Hope and a ’68 Impala

by Settle Monroe The radio never worked and the air conditioning was shot in the 1968 Chevrolet Impala my father inherited from his grandmother.  But when I was a 5-year-old girl riding to kindergarten with my dad, its run-down condition…

Into Africa: A great walk

by Luther H. Hodges Jr. After a recent period of personal upheaval, retired North Carolina Democratic politician and banker Luther H. Hodges Jr., 76, sought solace and insight in adventure: a walking safari in Africa. Unplugged and surrounded by the…

My relationship with Raleigh: It’s complicated

by Peggy Payne photograph by Robert Willett We met in 1954 when I was 5 years old and went to visit – all by myself! – my twenty-something aunt, a single girl with a job in the big city. What I…

VISIONARIES: People who get things done

by Charles Meeker photograph by Mark Petko The qualities of a visionary today differ from what one supposes. The thought of a dreamer first comes to mind.  But practical persistence defines a visionary now. Let’s go over first things first….

Reflections: Let’s call this place home

by Doug Glanville illustration by Laura Frankstone When my wife and I moved from Philadelphia to Chicago in the winter of 2005, we also had Charlotte, Asheville, and Raleigh on the tips of our tongues. Without children at the time,…

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