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Channeling Summer

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN It’s already come and gone. Oftentimes with a whimper. In fact, if you’re not careful, you might miss it. It makes...

Walking The Streets At Night…With My Dog

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN I walk the streets at night. You can typically find me out there between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4...

Living, Loving & Leftovers

  WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN The year was 1993. A man named Meat Loaf topped the music charts in 28 countries with the song “I’d Do...

Baby Names and Punchlines

  WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN My son, Evan, seems to know when one of my jokes are coming. He can sense the approach. He can spot...

It’s Martha’s Party – She Can Dance If She Wants To!

 WORDS & PHOTOS BY BEN DUNGAN A 50th birthday party celebration looks about like what you’d think it would. Friends and family all gathered in...

Sniffling, Sneezing…Cold Season

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN In the previous three winters, I have had two colds. Do the math - that means one entire winter season, I...

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Santa and the Little One

WORDS BY SHELTON FISHER Christmas Eve had fallen upon the Carolinas in the usual way. The McAdenville lights were still aglow and full of wonder...

Find Your Bliss This Christmas

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN We all have a Christmas story in us. For one kid, it all started with a triple dog dare. And the...

Thumbprint Cookies

WORDS BY SHELBY WILSON Don’t you just love Christmas and Christmas goodies? I sure do! These are delicious short bread cookies filled with strawberry or apricot jam-or...

And then one day, you’re wearing a vest…

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN It was a fall day, but an unseasonably warm fall day at that. The low wasn’t that low, and the high temperature...

Think Big – Shop Small. Shop Downtown Belmont!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (November 30) Downtown Belmont will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS for Small Business Saturday...