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Audemus jura nostra defendere

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

We’ve been in Montgomery, Alabama, for the weekend to attend the wedding of my cousin’s daughter. It was a very nice affair, with the wedding at a large United Methodist Church in Montgomery, and the reception at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
When we entered Alabama on Friday, we stopped at the Welcome Center […]

“I could write a sonnet …”

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Well! You haven’t really seen Easter bonnets until you’ve seen the Easter Hat Parade in the village of nearby Dillsboro. We’ve been meaning to get to the Parade for five years now, and we finally made it yesterday.
The Parade involves a bunch of antique cars, followed by entrants in the Easter Hat contest. […]


Sunday, February 12th, 2006

We had the most snow we’ve had for some time. We took the opportunity to take a few trips down our sledding hill:

You can see that the snow wasn’t terribly deep. But we had several good runs, both solo and individual.

Heads, I Win! I’m the Mayor.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

This is one of those stories that you gotta love about living in a place like this:
With the race still deadlocked after Tuesday’s official vote canvass, local election officials turned to George Washington to decide who would be Forest Hills’ mayor.
Incumbent Jim Davis, who called “heads? in the two-out-of-three coin toss, was declared the winner […]

“Any Way You Like It”

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Wonder where this one’s going? I’ll let the Smartest Man in Asheville tell you:
Two years of research and $200,000 later, Asheville has a new slogan.
Yes, that was it. Up there in the title. “Any…Way…You…Like…It”
It just screams “Asheville, NC,” doesn’t it? Well, if you’ve never been here, you might not realize that it’s actually pretty […]

Update on the NC Lottery

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

When I last addressed the topic of the lottery, over a month ago, the NC State Senate was one vote short of passage (apparently, the NC House had already approved the lottery). We thought it was dead for this session.
Well, like a phoenix, the lottery rose from the ashes. Here’s my understanding of […]

Western Carolina offers help to students affected by Katrina

Monday, September 5th, 2005

It’s refreshing to write about something that universities are doing well. Like other schools, my institution, Western Carolina University, is offering to take in students from colleges and universities closed by the hurricane. Details here.
By the way, kudos to Robert at brightMystery for taking the same idea to his president at Franklin College […]

“I will also praise thee with the psaltery”

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Take a look at my new passion.
This is a 2 1/2 octave bowed psaltery. I purchased it here. I had looked at one in another store during a recent trip and decided I had to have one. I found out about Song of the Wood from my Department Head, who plays the […]

Miscellaneous Items Two Days Before Classes Begin

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Not much time for any original blog-thinking, so here are some random thoughts:
1. We went out to eat at the local Chinese restaurant tonight. Here was the fortune in my wife’s cookie:
Behind an able man, there are always.
Words to live by. Or, maybe I should say, words to live.
2. Looks […]

North Carolina Lottery - Thinking Too Small

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

North Carolina is one of the dozen states in the nation that still have no lottery (according to the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, 38 states have a lottery). As state legislators have been working furiously to pass a budget — they’re late, of course — the issue of the lottery has […]

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