New Salvation Army leaders prepare for Christmas

As a 10-year old, Luis Viera worked in the Puerto Rican family furniture business, twisting and bending rattan. Around the same time, Lucy Luz was helping her mother care of her three younger brothers and was very busy in her church. Today, the 60-year old Luis joins his wife, Lucy, 57, as the new officers and pastors of the Salvation Army in Asheboro. They were sent here in January to make significant changes to the local operation which serves Randolph, Montgomery and Richmond counties. They have been overhauling the entire…

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“Snakes and the California Boy” by Nils Skudra

Before coming out to Greensboro for graduate school at UNCG, my Virginia-born god-mother sat me down and painted a vivid picture about what to expect in NC: different social traditions from those of the West Coast, a phenomenon famously known as “southern hospitality”, food the likes of which I’d never heard of: pulled pork, vinegar-based fried chicken, and  chocolate chess pie. I would be greeted by the slow drawl of speech mixed with expressions of gentility (‘bless your heart”) and life would be infinitely slower and simpler.  At every turn…

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Growing Up with the Bard

By Scott Plaster My first Bob Dylan concert was bought for a $5 add-on ticket at the small Carowinds open-air arena in 1989 when Steve Earle opened for him with “Copperhead Road” and a few other loud songs. It might have been my first real concert, period. My dad and I edged down the aisle to get closer to the stage, and when Dylan took the stage and performed, my whole consciousness was electrified. I don’t remember all the songs he played that day. I just knew that he was now…

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