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Reviewed by Brittany Burchett I like literature. I dig into it and separate the pieces and then I put them together to find the larger picture and the bigger meaning. So it frustrates me when, at the end, the pieces in a story don’t make a picture but just a shapeless mass. And that’s what [...]

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By Michael Vladimirovich Money runs the world’s economy. It determines who rules nations, and it rules lives. These are the three most significant properties attributed to the power of money, in addition to its basic function as a medium of exchange. But we can attribute several less significant properties, although similarly important, to the power [...]

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By Barbara Petty The author of this book, Carrie Jane Knowles, is a Raleigh fixture. In addition to being a well-known writer (The Last Childhood and Lillian’s Garden), she is also the director of the Cary Cross Currents Festival, anchored by the Brussels Chamber Orchestra.  When we met for coffee a couple of months ago, [...]

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By Dr. James A. Hardeman Study Shows Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Trigger 
Improvements at the Cellular Level Dr. James L. Hardeman has seen firsthand the consequences of unhealthy habits during his 30 years as a practicing physician, and he says they’re just not worth it. “There are very clear, biological reasons why we are compelled [...]

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Back Story by Walter Bennett  I was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1943. By the time I could walk, the War was ending. Soldiers came home. An air of optimism took hold – an anticipation of prosperity to come.  Tuscaloosa was emerging from its pre-War “stolidity” into a “bustling” town. By the time the 50s [...]