Bathtub Books

These days, I reduce, reuse and recycle books. I reduce by avoiding Amazon.com. If I can’t find a book I want at a local independently-owned bookstore, I think twice about the purchase. I reuse by giving away autographed books by local authors as auction items or door prizes at fundraisers. I borrow and return books... Continue Reading →

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Popular columnist shares humor, honesty over coffee

National Novel Writing Month, and our final write-in, ended with a great plot twist on Tuesday, Nov. 29.   Writers Gary Ridout, Evelyn Wool, Hope Dougherty and I were finishing our labors at Grapes & Grounds coffee shop in Smithfield, N.C., when in walked award-winning Raleigh News & Observer columnist Barry Saunders! Saunders was there to discuss... Continue Reading →

Preparing to Vote

I love voting. There’s something about walking into a polling place and showing my voter registration card, reciting my name and address and then going into a private space to cast my vote that is life affirming. Yes, I have this freedom. Yes, I have this voice. Yes, as a woman, I have this right.... Continue Reading →

A Year of Books

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is staking out “A Year of Books,” encouraging participants to read a new book every two weeks and discuss it in an online community. The first book is Moises Naim’s “The End of Power.” I like the idea, but with a “buy local, read local” twist. I’m new to Pine Level,... Continue Reading →

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