San Pedro, CA, July 13th, 2014-I left North Carolina on a Greyhound from Wilmington headed towards Roanoke, VA. It was a 14 hour ride but it was overnight and really not that bad, to be honest. People complain about the bus but they’re air conditioned, some have wifi and all have a bathroom. You do have to share a little personal space but it isn’t bad at all. I was on my way to what would be one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Bonnaroo is a 4 day music and art festival in Manchester, TN. I’d never been to a festival before and was a little anxious to get started. I was also a little bit nervous. I […]
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San Pedro, CA, June, 23, 2014-I don’t like to fly. Something about the entire process just makes me want to scream out loud about how crazy we all must be in order to pack ourselves into what amounts to a pile of metal and hurl ourselves into the air. Despite my misgivings about defying gravity, I made the decision to buy a round trip ticket to NC from Denver after talking it out with several of my friends. I needed to downsize my bags and my guitar needed to be put in a closet after sustaining some road wear. I packed the things I wanted to leave, along with the essentials and flew to Jacksonville, where my friend Steve and […]
Sneads Ferry, NC, June 2, 2014-On March 1st, I came into Denver on the Amtrak for the first time. I was staying with a friend in Arvada and after a 44 hour train trip that had drunks, cops, wifi hijackers and some crazy conversation, I needed to sleep for a day or two. It wound up being two. I did some laundry and caught up with my buddy, Taylor, while starting to look for work. Last winter, Taylor took an Elk in Wyoming and that first night, we split a backstrap and I started to fall in love with the state of Colorado. It was the first Elk I’d ever tasted. I have to admit that I was pretty broke […]
Denver, Colorado, May 3, 2014-Well, it finally happened. I stayed so long in one place that the articles I’ve been writing have caught up to me. When we left off, I was on the Amtrak headed to Denver with no clue what awaited me. Rather than stumble through a sloppy recollection of the last two months just to give you guys something to read, I’ve decided to change things up for now. I spent 6 weeks in the Rockies at a ski resort, cooking at a restaurant and I’m currently starting week 4 in Denver. Suffice it to say that the only way I can do Colorado justice is to split it into two articles, the mountains and the city. […]
Dillon, CO, April 3, 2014- Coming into Fairhaven, Massachusetts, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was staying with a cousin of mine that I hadn’t seen in about a decade. We had a weekend to catch up. My Grandma in Tampa originally hails from this part of the world and I wanted to get the opportunity to lay eyes on it. After spending so much time in NY, having only a week in Massachusetts was definitely a call to reality and to the pace that I had set for myself. This was a guerrilla visit with several stops in several different locations and I would have to maneuver well in order to do everything I wanted to. Massachusetts […]
NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"
RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 – NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at www.ncpedia.org. The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “The North Carolina Gazetteer” is a dictionary of North Carolina’s geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins. First published by the UNC Press in 1968, it was compiled by noted North Carolina historian William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus […]
RALEIGH, NC March 18, 2014 – Casey Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County is the North Carolina champion of Poetry Out Loud for the second consecutive year and will compete in the national finals next month in Washington, D.C. The 16-year-old Goggin’s wowed the judges with his recitations of the complex poems The Bad Old Days by Kenneth Rexroth, Chorus Sacerdotum by Fulke Greville and To Elsie by William Carlos Williams. He was challenged by 33 other students from across the state in the annual recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Goggin, who is a member […]
March 18, 2014, Dillon, Colorado-If you’ve ever driven through the Adirondacks in winter, you know what I mean when I say that there are literally cliff faces of ice that line the highways. I was in three different states this winter, taking in the polar vortex in some of the most incredible places I know of in the northeast. When I left D.C. a few days before Christmas, I was on my way to Canton, Pennsylvania and my Dad’s side of the family by way of an overnight in Harrisburg. I headed away from our nation’s capital with my sister, who was kind enough to shuttle me off to the next stop on my agenda. We met my cousin, Sherri, […]
THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY is the first book in the continuing Topsail Island saga written by Carol Ann Ross. Carol is a native of the Carolina coast and remembers a time when life there was very different than today. As for the progress made along the eastern seaboard, she often asks, “where in the hell did quaint and simple go?” Carol has written for a couple of newspapers and has penned six books, fiction and non-fiction.She has experienced many occupations, from first mate on a fishing boat to college instructor. THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY Before 1941 Topsail Island was a no name barrier island referred to as “the banks.” It was a sanctuary to fishermen and farmers alike; […]
*Note from Nick- for those of you who have been enjoying these, today is March 4th and it’s 8 am in Denver. I’m about to go hustle up some city bus action and find some trouble to get into. I’ve enjoyed this a lot and hope you guys are too. Pennsylvania, Upstate NY, Massachusetts and Dever are all on the way. If anyone is interested in being a sponsor of this series of articles contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike at email@example.com . Any and all help is welcome, it’s expensive being a hobo pirate.* After kicking around Tampa with Grandma, I can honestly say that I was sad to leave so soon. Some scheduling conflicts made it impossible to stay as long […]