Speller: Study shows state has made strides in racial progress
January 17, 2016 - 11:25pm
WalletHub, a social media finance company, recently ranked North Carolina ninth among all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are making improvements against racial barriers.
Speller: Brothers’ shared birthdays part of bond
January 3, 2016 - 11:29pm
The holidays have passed but we’re still celebrating in the Speller household.
Today, both of our boys have birthdays. That’s right.
Speller: Handling holidays
December 20, 2015 - 11:29pm
Christmas is Friday and I’m ready — well, maybe not ready but definitely excited.
Speller: Attacks lack action, debate from leaders
December 6, 2015 - 11:26pm
The November terrorist attacks in Paris put the world on edge, including the United States, as 130 people were killed by suicide bombers and shootings at cafés, restaurants, a music venue and near a stadium.
Speller: Count the many blessings
November 22, 2015 - 11:26pm
When November rolls around, thoughtful, conscientious — and, yes, thankful friends on Facebook begin the daily task of counting their blessings.
Speller: Many ‘last’ experiences
November 8, 2015 - 11:27pm
This is my daughter’s senior year in college. I know.
Speller: Be ready to vote
October 25, 2015 - 10:27pm
Early voting for municipal elections began Thursday and continues through Saturday.
My husband and I voted on Friday. I love early voting.
Speller: Reminder to get mammograms
October 11, 2015 - 10:27pm
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to remind women to get regular mammograms.
Speller: Autumn benefit walks, runs
September 27, 2015 - 10:26pm
The Pitt County Fair last week ushered in cooler temperatures and my favorite season, autumn.
Speller: Life lessons but little luxury
September 13, 2015 - 10:27pm
Housing developments being built for students in the downtown area make me think I was born in the wrong era for college living.
Speller: Homecomings and reunions
August 30, 2015 - 10:27pm
I’ve been out of high school for more than 30 years, but it’s always fun to go back for a visit.
Speller: Heart over mind
August 16, 2015 - 10:28pm
My daughter will be 21 this week but the truth is she’s been a mature young woman for a long time.
Speller: Faith, family, friends
August 2, 2015 - 10:27pm
I learned about close, personal loss at a fairly young age with the deaths of my first husband and father.
Speller: Marveling at changes and growth in three teenage boys
July 19, 2015 - 10:27pm
It’s generally this time of year when I learn what it would be like to have triplets. My nephews visit us for a week or so during the summer.
Speller: Sandwiched generation
July 5, 2015 - 10:27pm
I recently met with friends for lunch, and it didn’t take long before the conversation turned to our mothers.
Speller: No debate on teacher influence
June 21, 2015 - 10:28pm
I observed a conversation on Facebook recently in which a student was thanking his teacher for her patience and support.
Speller: Family unfriendly graduation
June 7, 2015 - 10:27pm
Pitt County public school students will graduate this week in ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday through Friday in Minges Coliseum at East Carolina University.
Speller: Farmville’s first historical marker named for general
May 24, 2015 - 10:27pm
Farmville will unveil and dedicate its first state highway historical marker Friday in honor of Gen. Allen Hal Turnage.
Speller: Mothers lay a foundation
April 26, 2015 - 10:25pm
I read last week how a daughter decided to find her birth mother and discovered that she and her mother were working in the same company.
Speller: Hidden treasure in Edenton
April 12, 2015 - 10:27pm
One of North Carolina’s hidden treasures will be unveiled for all to see Friday and Saturday during Edenton’s Pilgrimage of Historic Homes and Gardens.
Speller: Spring into action
March 29, 2015 - 10:27pm
It’s spring! And yes, my allergies have already figured that out.
Speller: Facebook isn't personal
March 15, 2015 - 10:28pm
It took me a while to join, but I enjoy Facebook.
Speller: Hair culture demands respect
March 1, 2015 - 11:27pm
Kinky, curly, wavy and even nappy are words often used to describe black women’s hair that is “natural” or without any chemical straighteners.
Speller: Exhibit features preservation
February 15, 2015 - 11:27pm
Driving through eastern North Carolina, I still enjoy a pastime I developed as child — gazing at old, abandoned homes and wondering about the people who used to live there.
Speller: Go Red for women
February 1, 2015 - 11:27pm
Even though royal blue is my favorite color, February is the month to Go Red to raise awareness about heart disease in women.