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Noah Charney: I’ve read of some eccentric writing habits of yours, involving hotel rooms without pictures on the walls, sherry, and headgear. How did you first come upon that cocktail for writing success, and has the routine evolved over your career? Maya Angelou: And headgear! Ha! It was head ties, not headgear! Well, I was […]

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“The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., formerly one of the largest subsidiaries of the American Tobacco Co., contemplates entering the cigarette manufacturing field. “The main plug and smoking tobacco factories of the company are located at Winston-Salem, N.C., but it has not definitely decided as yet whether or not to locate the cigarette manufacturing end of […]

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!  It’s not too late celebrate.  Grab your favorite cheese and bread, put some butter in a pan, and get to celebrating. Happiness is a Hot Cheese-Tomato Sandwich from A Taste of the old and the new. Cognac Ham Sandwiches from What’s left is right : what to do with leftovers […]

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The expected naming of Carol Folt as the next chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill will mark the first time in the university’s 224-year history that a woman has held the top post. But Folt follows on the heels (pardon the pun) of several other women who have held significant positions with the University. Katherine “Kitty” Carmichael, […]

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On this day in 1585: Manteo and Wanchese, the first American tourists to visit Europe, leave England in a ship of colonists bound for North Carolina. The two N.C. Indians were invited to London by explorers commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh. Manteo was made Lord of Roanoke while in England, but Wanchese was alienated by […]

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Q. What would [W.J.] Cash find most surprising about today’s South? A. The first would be the widespread acceptance of interracial marriage, which in 1941 would have been totally taboo to white Southerners — at least in the social sense, though of course in practical terms, interracial relationships have always been a fact of life […]

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“Legislators in North Carolina have proposed a bill declaring that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from establishing a state religion, does not apply to the state. [The bill has now been declared DOA in the N.C. House.] “North Carolina is no stranger to breaching the wall between church and […]

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“Fanatics and politicians are out of line…. Children are very serviceable in tobacco factories as stemmers, and it don’t hurt them. In fact, they need employment to keep them out of mischief. Stout, healthy children need constant employment, and the unhealthy ones do not stay in a factory long …. “We are opposed to any […]

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One hundred fourteen years ago, the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company opened for business in Durham. As this article by Harry McKown explains, North Carolina Mutual grew to become the largest African American managed financial institution in the United States — no small feat for a company whose founders included a man born into […]

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Blackberry Leather from Cooking with berries. Lush Mush from The Charlotte cookbook. Cranberry Ketchup from Cooking with berries. Crazy Berry Blue Pie from A Taste of the old and the new. Raspberry Trifle from The cat who– cookbook. Elderberry Soup from Cooking with berries. Sour Cream Blackberry Pie from The lost colony cookbook : 400 […]

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