New Bern’s Nicholas Sparks has just released his 18th book “The Longest Ride.” Dating back to 1996’s “The Notebook” he’s enjoyed remarkable success, with several of the books topping the New York Times bestseller list and virtually all… if not all… appearing in the top ten… which is why I was surprised by his answer to my question about whether he still enjoys the writing process after nearly 18 years as a highly-read author.
INTRO – Winston Churchill is believed the source for the observation that “History is written by the victors.” The life… and subsequent disappearance from history… of a North Carolina-born slave and abolitionist illustrates the truth behind that remark. George Olsen has more.
INTRO – One was a commissioned U-S Navy officer and later a hero of the Confederacy. The other born into slavery who bought his way to freedom not once but three times. The lives of those featured in the new book “Two Captains from Carolina” could not have been more different but the book’s author says they had remarkable similarities as well… at least in one realm. George Olsen has more.
On the one hand the stories of Moses Grandy and John Maffitt share much in common.
Beaufort, NC – Our country is apparently stuffed with pets, or companion animals as they prefer to be called. According to the American Humane Society, the U.S. now is home to over 86 million cats, a tad more than 78 million dogs, and an unknown number of gerbils and white mice. [You can tell by the number of mice working in scientific labs that they're probably smarter than the gerbils.]