Russ Dean

  Standing in the shadow of the 13,376-foot peak of Mt. Guyot, we had a family picture made. There are eighteen full smiles in that picture that will remain for me the snapshot of a Christmas together, a week of family fun, a symbol of family unity.  Three generations of Deans, and the spouses and...
  As if we’re not at war in enough ways, every year in this season of peace the “War on Christmas” starts up again. Anticipating another good fight, since he always seems to be in a better mood when he’s stirring the pot, the president has declared that he’s going to make Christmas great again, too...
  I started second grade in the fall of 1971. Clinton was new to me, as was football, but I was learning. Every day at recess we played “kill the man with the ball,” and Andy Walker was “Larry Csonka.”  After getting killed a good many times when Andy had the ball (which is not how that game is...
Baptist. As a child, there was no better word. It stood for all the best things I knew. It actually still does – but not without a lot of explanation and clarification and qualification. Most of the Baptists I know are Baptist… “but not ‘that kind’ of Baptist!” Many Baptist churches these days have...
  Fall is just around the corner, which means … it’s marching band season. (Or, that’s what it should mean.) A recent study of the brains of 111 former NFL players found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (brain damage from repeated contact).in all but one. In a wider examination, not just...
  North Carolinians just spent more than a year watching corporations relocate or alter plans for expansion, suffering costly boycotts, and losing countless economic opportunities because we decided it was better to treat some people as an issue rather than as our children, our colleagues, our...
  Repeal, Replace: a not funny joke   Steven Wright was a dead-pan comedian. Never cracked a smile. Never altered his monotone delivery. And when each dry joke finished, you had to wonder why it was funny, or if.  “I woke up this morning… went downstairs… Someone had stolen all of my furniture… and...
The words still chill me. I don’t often leave movies quoting a script, but I may never forget this line. The movie was “Titanic;” I knew how the story ended, and it still rocked my world. After the iceberg, reports started coming in to the captain and his officers, who were meeting on the bridge....

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