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Merging Man and Technology: Posthumanism

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By Christy Irizarry If you could prevent yourself from aging and use artificial intelligence or non-biological scientific developments to enhance your physiological faculties–would you? If you could digitally reprogram your body to work in a perfect manner, should you? How great – or detrimental – would it be to change human traits? How peculiar would […]


Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Fall’s arrival has brought Greenville’s beer and pub fans some good news: the opening of two new venues in our area. Both Tapped and Dickinson Avenue Public House offer modern and welcoming atmospheres for socializing, with a full selection of craft beers. To learn more, we asked the folks behind these new ventures how their concepts […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 6: New Bern’s Neuse River

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 6: New Bern’s Neuse River

This is the last of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. They are formatted to enable easy printing and following while on the water. Slip the pages in sheet protectors and under the hold-downs of your boat for easy, waterproof reference. Brad’s other guides, featuring Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, Devil’s Gut, Little Washington […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 5: Cape Lookout Day Trip

Leaving the lighthouse.

This is the fifth of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. See Brad’s guides on Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, Devil’s Gut and Little Washington here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The vast water of Back Bay spreads out before you. In the far southern distance, a black and white spire […]


Tune In. Turn On. And Turn Off.

Tune In. Turn On. And Turn Off.

I’m writing at 2 a.m., Sunday. Given the intensity of last week, which is now quickly shrinking in the rearview mirror of my mind’s eye, I really thought I’d be sleeping. Probably until 2 this afternoon. But here I sit, glued to my computer–trying to make sense of what just happened. When Lisa Ellison, the […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 4: “Little” Washington

Low light on the river.

This is the fourth of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. See Brad’s other guides on Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, and Devil’s Gut here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist A hidden beach on the south side of Castle Island is just a short, one-mile paddle from Washington, […]


The Duggars and the Umbrella of Oppression

The Duggars and the Umbrella of Oppression

by Grace Haskin Guest Columnist It appears that Josh Duggar, star of TLC’s ex-hit series “19 Kids and Counting,” has more secrets than he has siblings. Gawker exposed the married father of four on Wednesday for having two accounts on the recently hacked dating site, Ashley Madison—think eHarmony, for people who are married and looking […]


Mayor Claims Success, Challengers Disagree

photo: City of Greenville

by Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent Allen Thomas, running for his third term as mayor of Greenville, faces two challengers who hope to end his tenure by calling him out on his record. Via email, Thomas touted a litany of notable national rankings Greenville has received over the last few years, as indicators of his success […]


Out and About in Greenville

Cows at Simply Natural Creamery. Website photo.

by Aaron Lucier Contributor Editor’s note: This series, conceived by its author, presents “things to do, special events, new restaurants and new items at old favorites.” Greenville and Pitt County have an abundance of unique things to do year-round. Here is my list of 10 places you may not have visited yet—or maybe it’s just […]


A Rotten Sin

Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA

Food Waste in Greenville Restaurants By Spencer Bennington Contributor A Bowl Full of…Yuck! The Rose Bowl: for college football fans, an event holding special significance as the oldest bowl game in the history of the sport. For the rest of us, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl stadium is just another giant coliseum that can seat 90,000 screaming […]


Greece Is Getting It Right

Greece Is Getting It Right

As globalists begin to get over themselves and look more rationally (as rationally as globalists can, anyway) at what’s become known as the “Greece debt crisis,” they’re being forced to admit something: Maybe globalization isn’t the best idea. That means it’s taken just 16 years (!) and a case totally disconnected from the U.S. economy for […]


Election 2015: Blackburn on Local Business and Economic Investment

Marion Blackburn, District 3

Editor’s note: Today, the first day of filing for municipal elections, brought six hopefuls to the Board of Elections. Terry Boardman, who is challenging Rick Smiley for District 4 was the only person not currently serving to file. Incumbents Mayor Allen Thomas, at-large councilor Calvin Mercer, D4’s Smiley, D3’s Marion Blackburn and D1’s Kandie Smith […]


The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life is a rotating column. Contributors share ideas or observations about society, whether local or broad. by Richard Miller Guardian contributor was thirteen years old when I met Socrates. My parents had taken me with them to visit friends of theirs, a childless couple whose decor included a collection of green faux leather-covered “Great […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

This is the third in a series of six guides to paddles in Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here; the second, a trip to Bear Island, here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The full moon reflected on the still backwater, bats […]


The Examined Life: Uptown Pastoral

Photo: Lisa Ellison

by Thomas Herron Guest columnist A Day in the Life is a rotating invitational column. Writers are asked to offer some idea or observation about our world, filtered through their liberal arts field, the study of the which promotes active citizens and a vibrant democracy. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” –Joni Mitchell […]


Local Author Writes the Hidden into Being: A Profile of Micah Harris

Heaven's War. Harris and Gaydos.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Typically when you ask a writer to relay his or her single greatest accomplishment, it has something to do with a beautifully conceived line, a prestigious award, or perhaps their first publication. But for local author Micah Harris, it was making a little girl cry. “To be fair,” Harris explained, […]


A Guardian for Good, If You Can Keep It

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Ben Franklin

by Anthony Noel Guardian columnist Paraphrased above is a warning from one of our nation’s greatest thinkers (and kite fliers), Ben “Lightning Rod” Franklin. A passerby, seeing ol’ Ben emerge from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall after the 1787 deliberations which produced our Constitution, asked which had resulted: a monarchy or a republic. Franklin’s renowned answer, “A […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 2: Bear Island

Bear Inlet, on Bear Island's western side at low tide. Typically very shallow, with little boat traffic at low tide. A great spot for sea kayak or stand-up-paddle surf.

This is the second of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs, Guardian columnist No one expects amazing white sand beaches to be empty at the height of the summer. This is what makes secluded Bear […]


Chasing an Angry Fix: Greenville’s Heroin Addiction

Close-up on the floor of the syringe with the drug. In the background, a young drug addict.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Teaching freshman writing is a pretty inaccurate description of my day job. Yes, it’s my duty to compose lesson plans, deliver lectures, and coach 80+ students through multiple written drafts of a variety of essays, but any instructor who works closely with eighteen-year-olds for any extended period can tell you […]


Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

by Brittney Melton Guardian intern Greenville City Council’s April 9 meeting saw the easy conclusion of ordinances allowing live performance venues and craft beer sales downtown. One contentious rezoning on East 10th Street was continued until May, and council voted on another controversial rezoning request, this one regarding land South of Stantonsburg Road. Council also made […]


Paddling Eastern North Carolina, Part 1: Greenville’s Tar River

Twisted cypress trees on the Tar River, near Greenville. Photo source: Brad Beggs.

This is the first of six guides to paddling in Eastern North Carolina. The series will run through the summer.  by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist From late spring through fall, Greenville’s Tar River welcomes paddlers and tubers looking to cool off. In the winter months, it is the perfect place to embrace the occasional warm day […]


Op-ed: NC Needs “Clean Power Plan”

Op-ed: NC Needs “Clean Power Plan”

by Carol Williams contributed op-ed Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly are making short-sighted and harmful decisions to NOT protect the very air we breathe and ground we live on. Slowly but surely, our national government has joined with governments of other countries to say that we are experiencing global warming due […]


Ready to Listen: REAL Crisis Intervention

Internet photo.

This is the first in a series profiling organizations doing good work in the community. by Alana Baker Guardian contributor Despair, grief, anger, depression, fear—these are things most people feel at some point or another in life. Many of us have resources, places and people to help us through hard times. Some people, however, have […]


Darkenwald’s Quantum: Dancing the Unseen

Photo by John Dixon.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Take a look around you. What do you see? Tables? Chairs? A picture on the wall? Look closer. Can you feel it? Within each of these seemingly inanimate objects, on a smaller scale than the human eye can see, units of energy simmer and swirl beneath the surface. Luckily for […]


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