"Oh, geez. I used to do that. It’s like a black hole you just can’t climb out of.” I was at the bookstore talking about the pawn shop piece from last week and the piece I was planning to write on payday lenders when one of our customers made that comment. READ FULL STORY
“I’d like to get $75 on a loan.”
“Just a loan?” the pawn broker clarified.
“Yeah, I want it back.” READ FULL STORY
“Archie thinks he’s a human. Don’t tell him he’s a bird, it will upset him.” The early morning volunteer at the Cape Fear Raptor Center was talking about the great horned owl sitting on a perch in the middle of the hospital area. Apparently, Archie had been rescued as a very young owlet READ FULL STORY
Live Local, Live Small: Plans to rediscover what makes Wilmington so unique Jan 20
One of my Live Local New Year’s resolutions is to do 50 things I haven’t done before. The hope is these experiences will help me learn more about our area and shed light on our deeper economic ties to each other. The encore editor lady had some really great ideas for me to try—things I would never have thought of on my own. The more we talked about it, the more it seemed obvious this list should be opened up to our readership for suggestions. If we could come up with such diversified lists between two people, what were we missing that a larger group could suggest? READ FULL STORY
A couple of years ago we had two women excitedly burst into the bookstore and announce that Steven Spielberg was scouting for a movie down the street! This seemed surprising because one assumes that if Spielberg showed up in town... READ FULL STORY
LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: CAR SHOPPING WITHOUT FINANCING THROUGH BIG BANKS AND UNGODLY INTEREST RATES Oct 7 •
Three years ago I came home in near tears and told Jock I did not want to ever own another car with a computer in it. He took this in stride and said the usual Read Full Story
Live Local, Live Small: Halifax, NC, keeps America’s spirit of independence alive Jul 8
“Would you like to add any paddling or skeet shooting to your reservation?” the deep, Southern voice drawled on the other end of the line. “Um, no, thank you,” I repsonded. “I won’t be staying long enough to enjoy any of that.”
The Halifax County Couthouse in the birthplace of freedom, Halifax, NC. Photo by Cecouchman
It was the first time I had been offered skeet-shooting when making a bed-and-breakfast reservation. Read Full Story
Live Local, Live Small: WHQR’s CoastLine focuses on divergent views, their impact and community passion Jul 1 •
Somehow in an age of connection via the Internet—and all of its social-media offspring (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)—we seem more fragmented than ever. I keep wondering if all the attention given to the film incentives is only reaching the people who already care and are onboard with supporting its extension. On the Internet, we can select our connections so easily and block what we don’t want to see. But at what point do we engage with upsetting topics and divergent viewpoints? Read Full Story
Live Local, Live Small: Long-running production ‘The Lost Colony’ shows the importance of government funding Jun 24 •
“Can anyone tell me why Roosevelt would have been parked in his car to watch the show?” a young man dressed in a G-string made out of a fox asked our tour group.
Above: Waterside Theatre showcases how government money allocated to the arts can build communities. Photo courtesy Roanoke Island Historical Assoc., Inc.
“Wheelchair,” the woman closest to him responded quietly.
“Yes,” our guide nodded, “Wheelchair. But it was because of polio.”
I was on the backstage tour of “The Lost Colony” outdoor drama in Manteo, NC. We had just come around to the sound booth
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