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September 11 and a 250 year old North Carolina fortSeptember 11 and a 250 year old North Carolina fort
[Sep. 24, 2007] A few days ago, on September 11 to be exact, I talked to a group of people in Statesville about a time when a successful attack by a foreign enemy on American soil created great uncertainty and fear. The threat of further attacks, kidnappings, and destruction by terrorists destroyed confidence in the safety of homes and families.
 
More North Carolina booksMore North Carolina books
[Sep. 4, 2007] Walking alongside the college campus on North Main Street in Davidson, following a little ridge line that marks the border between the Catawba and the Yadkin-Pee Dee river basins, my mother would mark the clearest days by stopping at a high point near the college entrance. She would then point west with one hand, put the other above her eyes as if saluting, and say, "There it is. Look way out there. You can see it. It's Grandfather." By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Our mountain "lighthouses"Our mountain "lighthouses"
[Aug. 27, 2007] Walking alongside the college campus on North Main Street in Davidson, following a little ridge line that marks the border between the Catawba and the Yadkin-Pee Dee river basins, my mother would mark the clearest days by stopping at a high point near the college entrance. She would then point west with one hand, put the other above her eyes as if saluting, and say, "There it is. Look way out there. You can see it. It's Grandfather." By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Remembering John Belk on the basketball courtRemembering John Belk on the basketball court
[Aug. 23, 2007] “A little awkward, but amazingly effective.” This is what I thought about the late John Belk the first time I went head to head against him. In 1961, he was playing on the alumni team in a pre-season basketball game against the Davidson College varsity coached by Lefty Driesell. Coach Driesell assigned me to guard the most important, if not the best, player on the alumni team – Belk. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Grounding globalism in the southern landscapeGrounding globalism in the southern landscape
[Aug. 6, 2007] Is “globalism” a threat to the South, that special place where we live? Is it stealing our jobs and homogenizing our culture? Or, is it transforming the South for the better, raising our income levels, and bringing us a healthy diversity? UNC Chapel Hill anthropology professor James Peacock looks for answers to these questions in his new book, “Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Michael Bloomberg and political earthquakesMichael Bloomberg and political earthquakes
[Jun. 25, 2007] “Don’t waste your time writing about Michael Bloomberg!” I wonder how my friend knew that I was getting swept away by the media attention that came to the mayor of New York when he switched his political affiliation from Republican to independent. Even though Bloomberg denies he is running for President, political commentators say he could be planning a third party run. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Protecting North Carolina's good government reputationProtecting North Carolina's good government reputation
[Jun. 20, 2007] Recent cases involving government corruption have reminded us that we cannot take for granted North Carolina’s reputation as a “good government state.” One of the main reasons we have a good chance to keep that good government reputation is the Institute of Government, now called the School of Government, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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The Legislature - A guide for first-time visitorsThe Legislature - A guide for first-time visitors
[Jun. 18, 2007] “It would be even worse if they really knew what was going on.” My lobbyist friend was reacting to my idea for a guide to the North Carolina legislature. It would help visitors to the legislative building in Raleigh have a better idea about what goes on there. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Would "Cold Mountain's" Inman have had a happy lifeWould "Cold Mountain's" Inman have had a happy life
[Jun. 13, 2007] What would have happened if Inman had lived? If you saw the movie, ‘Cold Mountain,” or read Charles Frazier’s book, you probably asked this question. Inman was the wounded Confederate soldier who left a military hospital in Raleigh, walked across the state to his mountain home and his beloved Ada, only to have his life cut short by a bullet from the local home guard. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Interracial love themes in the latest Civil War booksInterracial love themes in the latest Civil War books
[May 31, 2007] Are you ready for another novel that is set in the Carolinas during Civil War times and deals with themes of love across racial lines?Last year, three of North Carolina’s most important writers published important books in this genre. Charles Frazier’s “Thirteen Moons” is about a white man’s love for a Cherokee woman. There are also cross currents of romantic and sexual relationships between whites and blacks, as there were in Frazier’s “Cold Mountain.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Budget nightmaresBudget nightmares
[May 21, 2007] Until this year, it had been almost 10 years since I have watched the North Carolina General Assembly put together its budget. Back then, I had to watch very, very carefully because I was the legislative liaison for the UNC-System, which is an important part of the state’s budget (about $2.5 billion). By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Why so many places named for an enemy general?Why so many places named for an enemy general?
[May 10, 2007] What foreign general who fought in North Carolina is most memorialized here? My first guess would be General Lafayette, the young Frenchman who helped win the Revolutionary War and gave his name to Fayetteville. But General Lafayette never fought in North Carolina. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Another top ten list - North Carolina's literary figuresAnother top ten list - North Carolina's literary figures
[May 1, 2007] What about North Carolina’s top ten authors? Last week's column about the “top ten” books of some of our favorite writers prompted me to share another top ten list—one of North Carolina literary figures that I prepared several years ago for an article for Our State Magazine. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Where does Thomas Wolfe rank in the latest poll?Where does Thomas Wolfe rank in the latest poll?
[Apr. 25, 2007] What happened to Thomas Wolfe? It was my first question for Peder Zane after reading his new book, “The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.” Zane, the long-time book editor at the Raleigh News and Observer, contacted 125 leading writers and asked them this question: What are the 10 greatest works of fiction of all time? By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Will anybody stand up for Imus?Will anybody stand up for Imus?
[Apr. 17, 2007] Who is going to stand up for Don Imus? Nobody, it seems. Everybody is piling on Imus, competing to see who can be the most eloquent in their condemnations of his racial and sexist slur of the Rutgers women’s basketball team—and of his radio program’s long history of insults targeting, at one time or another, almost everybody. I am not going to stand up for Imus or try to defend him. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine

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