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Archive for December, 2014

EXTENDED: An Offer You Can’t – Er, That’s Pretty Hard To – Refuse

EXTENDED: An Offer You Can’t – Er, That’s Pretty Hard To – Refuse

UPDATE, 10 a.m., January 2: We’re tallying totals and expecting several more checks by mail, but for just a few more days, we’re also still seeking Angels! Enough readers have already committed their financial support to the Guardian that we can increase our coverage and content through July. The question is: Do readers like you – those […]


Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

By Kimberly Smith Lukhard Guardian Guest Four in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. The decision to become an entrepreneur is an easy one — at first, until you look to your friends and family for support and are left with “get a real job” ringing […]


In Praise of “Lesser” Angels

In Praise of “Lesser” Angels

If you’ve been following our Guardian Angel fundraising campaign, you know we’ve been assigning “full angel” status to donors who commit to a monthly payment of $12 for the next 12 months. Many others have gone further, earning what Editor Lisa Ellison calls “archangel” status. We’re now over 50 Angels strong, and still seeking to make 100 by […]


Can “Transparency” Go Too Far?

"So it's up to me?"

By Lisa Ellison Editor On December 11, Greenville city council heard an audit report. The auditors declared the town “unmodified” — that is, Greenville’s in good shape. The city finds itself sitting on some cash that’s not really needed for anything. $2.8 million, to be exact. When left with a bundle of undesignated money like this, […]


Recommended Reads: A Boy’s Adventure Story, American History and N.C. Politics

Front cover of With Lee in Virginia. A Story of the American Civil War, by G. A. Hently - A. L. Burt, Publisher.

By Vince Bellis Contributor Three in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I read a fiction book every two or three years. My background is science and engineering. I am not a literary person. One book I read in the past year was With Lee In Virginia, a boy’s adventure […]


Recommended Read: Small Person Does Great Things in Big, Tall World

Cover of "The Hobbit," 1937 George Allen & Unwin; First Impression original dust jacket, First UK Edition.

By Aaron Lucier Guardian Guest Two in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. As the final film of the mega-movie trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, hits theaters this holiday season, I encourage people to read the book to gain more insight into the films […]


Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

by Anthony Noel Contributing Writer One in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard Penguin Group, 2011 Employer-paid contraception. Gay marriage. The militarization of police departments. Abortion. Labor unions. Marijuana legalization. The […]


Light. And Darkness.

Light. And Darkness.

UPDATE, DECEMBER 19, 8 a.m.: And then there were 40! Thank you to John and Elizabeth, our two newest Guardian Angels! Let’s keep the momentum rolling! UPDATE, December 17, 8 p.m.:  Two more Guardian readers have increased our count of Angels to 38! Will you become the next new Angel? We have so much planned […]


“Open Your Mouth …

“Open Your Mouth …

by Lisa Ellison Editor … judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9) Last month we posted a short article about a documentary called, ““Misunderstood: The Voice Behind the Cardboard,”created by four students in the Master of Social Work program at East Carolina University. With a goal of raising awareness of panhandlers in […]


MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

by Jennifer Johnson Reviewer Magnolia Arts Center ‘s Christmas variety show, Santaland Diaries and Holiday Follies, is cynical yet charming.  Musical acts, comedic monologues and amusing skits punctuate Raleigh humorist David Sedaris’ SantaLand Diaries in which a man in desperate need of a job accepts the demeaning position of a department store elf during the holidays, complete with humiliating red and […]


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