What I’m Reading

Come Rain or Come Shine A Mitford Novel by Jan Karon This is a relaxing book, as sweet as the special cake often featured in the series. The action revolves around a family wedding outdoors, on a farm, complete with cows, a bull, chickens, and a lot of dogs. Nothing...

Reviews and Recommendations

The New York Times is producing reviews so long and tedious that even when it is a positive review, readers may think the play will be as boring as the review. Ben Brantley’s November 3rd review of King Charles III is so long and so tedious, we might have skipped the...

Adventures with Duke University

My undergraduate degree was from Duke, where I earned a BA in English. I studied with some world class teachers there, and knew it. But unlike many Duke graduates, I didn’t stay in touch with the faculty, and I didn’t go to reunions. I was absorbed in my New York...

Women on Campus

The latest report on sexual assault on campus tells us that one in four female students will experience a sexual assault. Every time I read these statistics I wonder if the colleges have taught these young women how to physically defend themselves. I know many women...

Hey, Seymour!

The SIBA conference just keeps on giving. This is my great-nephew   Jude enjoying one of the books I picked up there, Hey, Seymour! by Walter Wick.  ...

October 9, 2015

While the weather is still warm much of the time, the leaves are finally beginning to turn red or yellow, assuring us that cool weather is on the way. Looking back on September, the stand-out events took place in North Carolina, starting with the marvelous celebration...

John Boehner

John Boehner appeared unexpectedly at a political fund raiser the day he announced his retirement as Speaker of the House. I’ll miss him and I think the country will, too. He’s a noble, dedicated person who worked hard, and achieved a lot, to bridge ideological...

From Susan Kinsolving

I used to be excited when September came, because I loved going back to school. I’m not in school and have felt decidedly melancholy until I received the following comments on my first two books. What a lift of my spirits… The writer, Susan Kinsolving, is a well-known...