Roots and vines

The vines have covered my roots. In a way. In Philadelphia for meetings of the Baptist World Alliance and North American Baptist Fellowship last week, I finally had an opportunity to go in search of my first American ancestor’s headstone. In November of 1682, at...

Inmates are people, too.

I spent part of last Friday afternoon in prison — not being fingerprinted or “scared straight,” but hanging out with Terri Stratton, the first female senior staff chaplain in the 130-year history of North Carolina’s Central Prison. Central...

No days like snow days

For folks who rarely see a good snow, a few inches of powder that doesn’t melt upon contact can make for exciting times. Local TV stations pre-empt scheduled programming for round-the-clock reports of traffic conditions while shivering reporters stand at empty...

Inside, outside

Downton Abbey fans were cheered Sunday night by the American premier of the “upstairs/downstairs” drama’s fourth season on PBS. That’s true, at least, for those who haven’t cheated by watching the previously-aired British version. One of...