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  • 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.

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