At times change comes upon us so quickly and so unexpectedly that the entirety of our world is rocked and shaken to its very core. There are times when change can bring untold joy. Other times it can bring pain unbearable. You can fight change, you can embrace change, but the one thing you cannot do is avoid change.
Then there’s gradual change. It’s the type of change that hits you right in the face one morning as you get out of bed.
Twenty-eight years ago, the Vietnam War movie “Platoon” ruined an entire genre of film for me. I do not do war movies. As the women of a certain generation would say, “They tear my nerves up.” And now it looks like I’m going to have to give up nature-watching. It’s too stressful.
Last week, I took a trip with my son to a swim meet out of town. We left the house early in the pouring rain. I made up my mind we were going to have an important talk about manhood at some point along the journey – as Robert Frost writes – either going out or coming back.
If you want to make teenagers think twice about having unprotected sex, all you really need is access to the Facebook posts of young parents.
In a classroom at the Patterson Science Center this week, everywhere you looked there were robotics in the making — Lego robotic puppies, copper spiders and moving paper hands.
The first SunTrust Summer Bash will bring a bit of the coast to the foothills, complete with sand, beach music and shag dancing.
Elizabeth Norris pointed through walls made only of two-by-fours, telling a group of visitors that this space, now only concrete and bare walls, will be a kitchen, a dining room, a sleeping area — a home for Lenoir’s homeless.
Norris led a tour Tuesday evening of the new LEOS Place, or Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, the only homeless shelter in the area.
The old Lenoir bus station on Harper Avenue has sprung back to life in recent weeks, with interior walls coming down and new equipment going up, transforming the building into what its owner hopes will be a first-rate gastropub.
In the 1920s, Bill Crump ordered a packet of seeds from a Sears Roebuck catalog to help him stave erosion after a flood washed through his woodworking mill in Cary’s Flat, near the headwaters of Wilson Creek.
In the 70 years since then, the plant that grew from those seeds, Japanese knotweed, has multiplied exponentially, migrated down the creek and taken up residence along uninhabited stream banks.
This time of year leyland cypress shed their older needles. Needle drop, or needle shedding, is more pronounced this year than in past years.
Regardless of your motivation, there are many opportunities for you to enjoy gardening while enjoying the benefits of a community activity.
Ben and Olivia are on a local summer swim team, and we go to practice a few mornings and afternoons a week. Olivia is 5 and is finding her first year on the swim team a great adventure.
Celia Chimento, 8, chopped a stick of butter into uneven slices in a baking sheet, which was put in the oven for the butter to melt. In a separate bowl, she carefully stirred together flour, sugar and milk alongside her 4-H Club friends on Friday. Chimento tried whisking the mixture and abruptly leaned back as the liquid sloshed against the sides of the bowl.
She and 10 other children were busy Friday making blackberry cobbler to be part of the cobbler patchwork at the North Carolina Blackberry Festival.
The first day that a child spends with a new foster parent can be hectic, lots to do and little time for the two to get acqainted, but at Caldwell County Department of Social Services, there's a second-floor room that can take away some of that pressure and even provide the first foundations of a new relationship.
On weekends for about the past six months, volunteers have been making their way to Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir, hauling shovels and picks and rakes in the woods, working to create a first for Caldwell County — a trail built specifically for mountain-biking.
Okay all you June brides and grooms, you’ve had some time now to experience the reality of living with someone who you just couldn’t live without. At this point your opinion of married life probably falls into one of these three categories.
1. This is great, I wish I had done it sooner.
2. I can deal with this four, maybe five days a week.
3. Shoot me now!
Well, here are a few notes that may help you marriage rookies.
July holds the distinction of being National Anti-boredom Month, an unofficial declaration someone invented, mostly likely, because they were bored. When I discovered that month-long emphasis last week, I cringed remembering a previous reference to boredom brought up by one of our children.
Vegetable gardens are going strong. But the weeds are growing well too. If there is bare ground, Mother Nature is going to grow something there. It’s usually a weed.
Fifty-six gentlemen signed the Declaration of Independence, which we commemorate each July 4.
Each July, downtown Lenoir gets taken over by the product of a thorny, thicket-growing plant, colonizing the streets and sidewalks and creating a ruckus throughout the city.
This weekend, it will happen again, at the 13th annual North Carolina Blackberry Festival, bringing 150 vendors and nearly 15,000 visitors to celebrate that thorny plant.
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will come to Caldwell County to kick off the 2014-15 “Showcase of Stars” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.