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 →

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A Brush with Literary Excellence

My friend, Lexington poet Barbara Presnell, invited me as her guest, to attend the sixty-sixth meeting of the North Carolina Writers Conference in “Little” Washington on July 24-25, 2015. This was a summer meeting-of-the-minds for the state’s most dedicated novelists and poets, playwrights and historians, editors and educators. Many are literary hall-of-famers and their works... 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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