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Hearth and Home

Publisher's note: I will begin another batch - a double batch - so, I rise to bring this recipe to the fore.

Actually the smell of coffee has been in the air most of this Sunday, and not because I normally drink coffee all day. Today the smell of coffee is in the air because I have brewed many pots of Eight O'clock Columbian Dark Roast. Why you might ask, when I am long past studying for college exams?

The answer to your potential query is that I am making a liqueur - a coffee liqueur. ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The article below, which Author John Hood feels compelled to share his unique and continued culinary predilections, appeared in his daily column in his publication, the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is inextricably linked to the John Locke Foundation.

RALEIGH In this season of political claims, counterclaims, and calling of names, separating truth from error or falsehood can be a challenge. When in doubt, apply the Bacon Test.

(Okay, let me p... (read more)
Publisher's note: The article below appeared in John Hood's daily column in his publication, the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is inextricably linked to the John Locke Foundation.

Doing final page layout and proofing on my book. So no fresh DJ today. Here's a review I wrote in 2005 of someone else's book. Hey, we authors gotta stick together.

RALEIGH Those who know me know that I am inclined towards spicy food. When at the sub shop, I order the spiciest deli m... (read more)
Salmon is best appreciated when sauteed in a buttery sauce of common herbs and served on a clean plate. If prepared properly everything else is secondary; even the abundance of a perfect craft beer - the same beer that sustained me throughout the process.

This Christmas Day, with my home full of family and friends, I will drink my craft beer, and I will prepare this wonderful salmon dish, but there will be one change - I will double the recipe. Hmmm, I wonder should I double my consumption ... (read more)

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Travel

This is the twentieth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. The idea of these photos emerged from a process that I recently began on my Facebook personal page, where I uploaded random photos, all from North Carolina only, and I have stored for a future possible rotation. Upon looking at the random images, I thought, this could work for BCN in multiple, one pag... (read more)
Publisher's note: We are recycling the older segments of this series, but with a new feature - the interactive map at the bottom, which we have already initiated on our newer posts within the series. Look for the interactive map, at the end of this post, to gain a new experience of where exactly these images were taken and just how far you are from these vistas all over North Carolina.

Why am I going back and installing these interactive maps? Simply, folks like to use them because our newe... (read more)
Publisher's note: We are recycling the older segments of this series, but with a new feature - the interactive map at the bottom, which we have already initiated on our newer posts within the series. Look for the interactive map, at the end of this post, to gain a new experience of where exactly these images were taken and just how far you are from these vistas all over North Carolina.

Why am I going back and installing these interactive maps? Simply, folks like to use them because our newe... (read more)
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This is the nineteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. The idea of these photos emerged from a process that I recently began on my Facebook personal page, where I uploaded random photos, all from North Carolina only, and I have stored for a future possible rotation. Upon looking a... (read more)

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A Historical Perspective

His birth name was not how most people knew him. He cast off the shackles of his heritage and forged a new future under the name Muhammad Ali. In doing so, he became the most recognizable person on earth. He was often vain, sometimes outrageous, but always with a mischievous smile.

I have never been prone to identify famous people as heroes. I always associated that term with military actions. One of the few that fell into that category in my childhood was Audie Murphy. Audie Murphy - A ... (read more)
Sometimes events create memories that mark time on a calendar even if you were not part of the history. However, upon reflection you can remember the tenner of the times marked by those events.

In 1963, just two months before my high school graduation, a classmate and I decided to hitchhike to Daytona Beach, Florida for spring break. This was not a well thought out plan but it was a necessity since neither of us had planned for it and as a result did not have enough money for gas or bus fare... (read more)
I have usually publish under the pseudonym (Bobby Tony), which are for the most part not to be taken seriously. This story may be a bit too personal but it illustrates why I think that mothers and family is the core of our society. I guess everyone thinks of their mother on Mother's Day, and I am no different. But the constant barrage of discussions about the gender differences and self identified gender preferences has begun to erode what I consider common sense. I don't need research or sc... (read more)
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many things to be thankful for and I am sure there will be many posts that highlight them. This year, I will be gathering with my family as usual and we will welcome the addition of my first Grandchild. At seventy years old, I was not sure I would live long enough to see this.

However, this year, I will focus on the family history that I am trying to chronicle for my descendants. We are currently involved in a worldwide environment of reli... (read more)

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Health and Fitness

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor McCrory issued the following statement after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the State's motion to stay the ruling in the voter ID lawsuit:

"Changing our state's election laws close to the upcoming election, including common sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers. The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong, and disparaging to our state. Therefore, by early next week, we will ... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. The following statement was issued today by Bob Stephens, General Counsel for Governor Pat McCrory:

"Various media have reported that Governor McCrory's administration is using disaster relief funds, or will use disaster relief funds, to pay lawyers to challenge, in court, the federal overreach by the Obama administration on bathroom, locker room, and shower facility policies in North Carolina and to defend North Carolina's laws and policies regarding the use of t... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory's office issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court entering a stay in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.:

The governor is pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court has set aside the Fourth Circuit's direction to allow student access to restrooms based on gender identity. While this is a Virginia case, the rules adopted by the Gloucester County School Board, which the Supreme Court has now reinstated, are very simila... (read more)
Press Release:
Elizabeth City, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory discussed his efforts to make college more affordable and the Connect NC bond during a visit with Chancellor Thomas Conway at Elizabeth City State University today.

"I am proud that this year's budget will make college more affordable at Elizabeth City State University and other UNC institutions, making our world-class universities more accessible," said Governor McCrory. "These investments will provide much needed certainty for famil... (read more)

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It's Personal

I learned a lesson early in life. As I approach 70 years old, I do not know if my interpretation of that lesson was very revealing. I was raised in a secure environment in the late forty's and early fifty's. I never felt the sting of uncertainty. There was always food on the table, always clothes on my back, always love in my house.

It was not that way for my parents. My dad had to quit school in the 6th grade and go to work to support the family. That was in 1912. He never talked much ... (read more)
Publisher's note: Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor to BCN, Kathy Manos Penn, a native of the "Big Apple", by way of the "Peach City" - Atlanta. Kathy is a former English teacher, author of The Ink Penn blog, and a communications professional in corporate America. Now with Kathy on board, I advise all other contributors to mind your punctuation and syntax.

As dictated by Lord Banjo and transcribed by the royal Mum

Kathy Manos Penn Ah yes, Daylight Saving Time is here, but... (read more)





 
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