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VOICES OF DAVIDSON

The Most Beautiful North Carolinian

  NEWS I confess. I have a special interest in North Carolina women who have somehow gained national attention for their talents or notoriety. Most recently I have written about the musician and composer Rhiannon Giddens and U.S. Rep Virginia Foxx, both of whom have...

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Charles Frazier’s “The Trackers”

  NEWS Why hasn’t Charles Frazier written another book just like he did in “Cold Mountain” in which a troubled young person travels from place to place on a mission and finding challenging adventures at every stop? The answer, of course, is that he has written that...

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Memorial Day Flags and “Taps Across America”

  NEWS (an update of a previously posted article) While many view Memorial Day as the “start of Summer,” others take time to reflect on the significance of the day. Memorial Day is the day that our Nation pauses to honor all those who died in service to our Nation in...

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Meck Dec Time Again

  NEWS Almost every year about this time, I remind my readers about North Carolina’s claim that Mecklenburg County declared independence from Great Britain on May 20, 1775, more than a year before the July 4, 1776, American Declaration. But many North Carolinians...

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Holden Thorp Shares His Diagnosis and More

  NEWS Holden Thorp, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the smartest people I have ever known, made a startling announcement last week. In the April 28 edition of “Science,” the magazine he edits, he wrote, “I am autistic....

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Our Memories of Joel Conarroe

  NEWS   After we moved back to Davidson in late 2014, we tried to prioritize attending all the amazing events in town, on campus and off. In 2015 we attended the Conarroe Lecture with U.S. Poet Laurette Charles Wright. We saw and heard then-president Carol...

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Writing About Restaurants: NC or NYC

  NEWS What is so hard about writing a book or a series of articles about great restaurants in a particular city, state, or region? I have been trying to explain these difficulties recently as I talked about the newly revised edition of my book, “North Carolina's...

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North Carolina’s Most Famous Person

  NEWS Who is North Carolina’s most famous person? If you go by who got featured in a front-page article last week in The New York Times, the answer is easy. Virginia Foxx. Who is Foxx? She is a U.S. Congressional representative from North Carolina who is chair of the...

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