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One of the first things a North Carolinian student learns is that there are 100 counties in our state. What the young student may not learn, however, is that it took over 200 years for those counties and their borders to be finalized. During that time, many counties saw the rise and fall of “dividers” […]

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“Poet and critic Randall Jarrell, one of the most prominent American intellectuals of the mid-20th century, taught a seminar in Russian literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall of 1964. I was an MFA student in fiction at the time and a member of Jarrell’s class—the last he saw through […]

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“Hindsight is 50-50.” — Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris, defending his unsuccessful strategy in the Continental Tire Bowl. (2003)   “I kept looking for the city. It just wasn’t there.” — Quarterback Joe Pizzo, who grew up in Los Angeles, remembering his first impression of Mars Hill College. (1986)   “When we tied Georgia Tech.” — […]

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Did you know that the design of the nurse’s uniform evolved from the nun’s habit? At one time the convent was a common place for the sick to receive care, and the nuns did the nursing. The cape was a standard part of the nurse’s apparel, a practice that endured into the 1980s. Our recently […]

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