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Changing times at Hatteras - and everywhereChanging times at Hatteras - and everywhere
[May 22, 2006] "Hatteras Blues: A Story from the Edge of America," a recent book by Tom Carlson, is set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The book’s story of a family business in changing times might have taken place in another part of our state where growth and development have brought new ways and new people into the mix. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
“The Da Vinci Code” and the Mecklenburg declaration“The Da Vinci Code” and the Mecklenburg declaration
[May 15, 2006] What do the upcoming days May 19 and May 20 have to do with each other? Both have to do with history and painful challenges to our core beliefs. May 19 is the day set for the first screenings of “The Da Vinci Code,” the movie based on the best-selling novel. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Real Fiction or the illusion of political dramatics?Real Fiction or the illusion of political dramatics?
[May 8, 2006] “At a certain point reality burst through,” New York Times columnist Frank Rich said when he was in North Carolina a couple of months ago. In a speech on the Carolina campus, Rich described a shift in the focus of American media from finding and reporting the facts to delivering “drama” to readers and viewers. Today’s American media consumers want compelling stories more than they want “just the facts, ma’am” reports that characterized newspapers before USA Today and before the 24-hour cable news channels on television. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
The next Bill FridayThe next Bill Friday
[May 1, 2006] “Who is going to be the next Bill Friday?” At an event to celebrate 35 years of UNC-TV’s weekly program “North Carolina People,” someone looked me in the eye and asked that question. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Looking for another "Cold Mountain"Looking for another "Cold Mountain"
[Apr. 24, 2006] North Carolina readers have been waiting for Charles Frazier’s second book. His first, “Cold Mountain,” published in 1997, captivated us with its power and depth. Four million people bought the book, and more saw the movie. We are proud that Charles Frazier set his best selling book in his home state. Last week, we learned that Frazier’s new novel, “Thirteen Moons,” will come out in October. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Cyrano De Begerac, Reynolds Price, and our small towns and farmsCyrano De Begerac, Reynolds Price, and our small towns and farms
[Apr. 17, 2006] I saw Reynolds Price from a distance the other night. The famed North Carolina author, though permanently bound up in a wheel chair, had made his way to the front row at the opening night of “Cyrano De Bergerac,” the newest Playmakers production in Chapel Hill. Seeing Price in person reminded me how important he is to the North Carolina literary tradition as an author, thinker, teacher, and inspirer of others. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
We're about to learn more about Virginia politicsWe're about to learn more about Virginia politics
[Apr. 10, 2006] What do North Carolinians know about Virginia politics? Given the long border between the two states, the fact that the first permanent European settlers came to our state by way of Virginia, the similar agricultural and manufacturing traditions, and the easy access between the two states on I-85, I-95 and US 17, you would think that we would learn a lot from each other. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Mattamuskeet Apple tree relocated to Galloway RidgeMattamuskeet Apple tree relocated to Galloway Ridge
[Apr. 8, 2006] In response to my recent column about the loss of the Mattamuskeet Apple tree that had flourished at H.G. Jones’s home in Chapel Hill, Mr. Jones sent the following note to a group of his friends and gave me permission to share it with you and your readers. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Welcoming our new social order - How do you explain it?Welcoming our new social order - How do you explain it?
[Apr. 3, 2006] How can you explain it? Fifty years ago segregation, white superiority and racism were deeply ingrained in the culture of North Carolina. Schools, public facilities, eating establishments, and churches were almost altogether separate. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Forgetting to share traditions and losing a much loved treeForgetting to share traditions and losing a much loved tree
[Mar. 27, 2006] You’ve heard about the tree. And you also know the story about this Mattamuskeet Apple tree that grew in my neighbor’s front yard and the wonderful tradition it represented. If you know me, you’ve heard me tell the story until your eyes glazed over. If you regularly read this column, you’ve read about it. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
What about the soldiers' families?What about the soldiers' families?
[Mar. 20, 2006] The spouses and children of our servicemen and women are making huge sacrifices these days. Surely, nobody disagrees with this statement. But most of us do not understand the magnitude of these sacrifices. Nor do we spend much time finding out the specific strains on military families. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
The term "terrorism" - What does it mean these days?The term "terrorism" - What does it mean these days?
[Mar. 13, 2006] Was it terrorism? This question became, for a moment, an important subject of debate last week in Chapel Hill as students, faculty, and townspeople struggled to find a proper response to a frightening event in the center of the campus. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Reading about North Carolina's state religionReading about North Carolina's state religion
[Mar. 6, 2006] Does North Carolina have a state religion? Officially, the answer is “No.” But this month we know better. For many North Carolinians, March is the month of pilgrimages to “holy” sites, where they will join 20,000 or so other pilgrims in “worship.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Politics and religion: Who got it right?Politics and religion: Who got it right?
[Feb. 27, 2006] What is the best title of a recent book? My candidate is “God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It,” the best seller written by Jim Wallis, a Washington- based Christian minister who is at Duke University this week (Friday, March 3) for The American Values Summit. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Betting on the next electionBetting on the next election
[Feb. 20, 2006] Gambling and politics. Say the words in North Carolina these days and a lot of people will wince, especially Democrats. Some of the tough politicking that pushed the lottery through the legislature last year looks worse and worse the more light that shines on the process. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine

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