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Trendy Charlotte, NC – A Hipster’s Tour

October 23, 2018 8:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Trendy Charlotte, NC. I continue my quest to chronicle mid-sized American cities undergoing a Renaissance or, rather, a full-blown explosion. The title image is of downtown Charlotte, with the pointy-top Duke Energy building in the middle-ground center left and the spiky-top Bank of the America building in the background off-center... read more

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Bull City, NC – A Holy Moly Moment

October 12, 2018 6:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Bull City = Durham, North Carolina. If you’re curious, read how Durham got its nickname. Me, I’m more interested in what’s happening here now. Look at the title image again. I can hardly imagine a more ordinary building.  Let’s call it ‘unpreposessing.’ The address is 1107 West Main Street, and it... read more

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Famous North Carolinians: Top Ten

October 9, 2018 3:53 pm Published by

When I land in a new country I like to ask the locals who their famous sons and daughters are. Well, I just returned home to North Carolina after being abroad for 4 months, and it occurred to me to make a list of famous North Carolinians. Famous North Carolinians:... read more


NASCAR: On the Last Lap?

June 5, 2018 6:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: The speedway display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina. NASCAR stands for: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. This past weekend I went to Charlotte to visit my older son and his family. We’ve all lived in North Carolina a long time, and he... read more

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Durham, NC: The Old and The New

April 24, 2018 6:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Durham NC: Partial sykline from the south. Any image of downtown Durham has to include railroad tracks. The glass-and-steel building on the left is One City Center. In the center of the title image you’ll see Durham’s current slogan painted on the red brick building in the middle:... read more

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President Price’s Inauguration

October 6, 2017 1:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

West Campus, Abele Quad, sets up for the inauguration. Image Credit: Duke Chronicle Yesterday – Thursday, October 5 – the new president of Duke University, Vincent Price, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Abele Quad in front of Duke Chapel. Vincent Price, Duke’s 10th President President Price came to Duke... read more

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Foodie Town Durham, NC – a travel blog

October 21, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Food Truck Rodeo, Farmer’s Market, Central Park, Durham NC. Even food truck food in foodie town Durham, NC is delicious. Fifteen years ago Durham did not have a restaurant culture, and the downtown was dead. There was only the now-closed Magnolia Grill, which had opened in 1986 on... read more