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A Pirate’s Exile:  New England Rambling
By April 3, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: New England Rambling

Dillon, CO, April 3, 2014- Coming into Fairhaven, Massachusetts, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I was staying with a cousin of mine that I hadn’t seen in about a decade.  We had a weekend to catch up.  My Grandma in Tampa originally hails from this part of the world and I wanted to get the opportunity to lay eyes on it.  After spending so much time in NY, having only a week in Massachusetts was definitely a call to reality and to the pace that I had set for myself.  This was a guerrilla visit with several stops in several different locations and I would have to maneuver well in order to do everything I wanted to. Massachusetts […]

NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 – NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at www.ncpedia.org. The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “The North Carolina Gazetteer” is a dictionary of North Carolina’s geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins. First published by the UNC Press in 1968, it was compiled by noted North Carolina historian William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus […]

Moore County Student, Casey Coggin, Wins Poetry Out Loud for Second Time

Moore County Student, Casey Coggin, Wins Poetry Out Loud for Second Time

RALEIGH, NC March 18, 2014 – Casey Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County is the North Carolina champion of Poetry Out Loud for the second consecutive year and will compete in the national finals next month in Washington, D.C. The 16-year-old Goggin’s wowed the judges with his recitations of the complex poems The Bad Old Days by Kenneth Rexroth, Chorus Sacerdotum by Fulke Greville and To Elsie by William Carlos Williams. He was challenged by 33 other students from across the state in the annual recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Goggin, who is a member […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Wandering in Winter
By March 18, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Wandering in Winter

March 18, 2014, Dillon, Colorado-If you’ve ever driven through the Adirondacks in winter, you know what I mean when I say that there are literally cliff faces of ice that line the highways.  I was in three different states this winter, taking in the polar vortex in some of the most incredible places I know of in the northeast.  When I left D.C. a few days before Christmas, I was on my way to Canton, Pennsylvania and my Dad’s side of the family by way of an overnight in Harrisburg. I headed away from our nation’s capital with my sister, who was kind enough to shuttle me off to the next stop on my agenda.  We met my cousin, Sherri, […]

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Topsail Island Trilogy by Carol Ann Ross
By March 12, 2014 Read More →

Topsail Island Trilogy by Carol Ann Ross

THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY  is the first book in the continuing Topsail Island saga written by Carol Ann Ross.  Carol is a native of the Carolina coast and remembers a time when life there was very different than today. As for the progress made along the eastern seaboard, she often asks, “where in the hell did quaint and simple go?” Carol has written for a couple of newspapers and has penned six books, fiction and non-fiction.She has experienced many occupations, from first mate on a fishing boat to college instructor. THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY Before 1941 Topsail Island was a no name barrier island referred to as “the banks.” It was a sanctuary to fishermen and farmers alike; […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Ravaging the Capital
By March 4, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Ravaging the Capital

*Note from Nick- for those of you who have been enjoying these, today is March 4th and it’s 8 am in Denver.  I’m about to go hustle up some city bus action and find some trouble to get into.  I’ve enjoyed this a lot and hope you guys are too.  Pennsylvania, Upstate NY, Massachusetts and Dever are all on the way.  If anyone is interested in being a sponsor of this series of articles contact Nick at turner.nicholasbrandon@gmail.com or Mike at editor@beachcarolina.com .  Any and all help is welcome, it’s expensive being a hobo pirate.*  After kicking around Tampa with Grandma, I can honestly say that I was sad to leave so soon.  Some scheduling conflicts made it impossible to stay as long […]

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A Pirate’s Exile: Pillaging Tampa
By February 18, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Pillaging Tampa

At the exact minute that this is being written, I’m on the train to Washington, DC.  I’m watching the homes and highways fly by and thinking about the week I just spent in Tampa.  My grandma moved there a few years back so that she could have a piece of paradise for her own.  I try to make it down once a year and seeing as how I’ll be traveling for the foreseeable future, I figured that Tampa would be a great stop on my trip.  It’s a pretty safe bet, as I know that I’ve always enjoyed it previously.  There is so much more to the greater Tampa area than the metro sprawl which is, more often than not, […]

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Harriet Jacobs of Edenton and Her Compelling Life Story

Harriet Jacobs of Edenton and Her Compelling Life Story

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – On February 11, 1813, fugitive slave, writer and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton. Jacobs spent her childhood unaware of her station in life but, when her white mistress, Margaret Horniblow, died in 1825, she and her brother John were willed to Horniblow’s 3-year-old niece, Mary Norcom, and were placed under the control of Norcom’s father, Dr. James Norcom. After suffering years of physical abuse and sexual harassment at the hands of Norcom, Jacobs fled in 1835 and went into hiding in the attic of her paternal grandmother, Molly Horniblow, a free black woman living in Edenton a block away from Norcom. According to Jacobs’ memoir, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861, […]

Featured Vocalist from “12 Years a Slave” to Perform at Palace on Feb. 20

Featured Vocalist from “12 Years a Slave” to Perform at Palace on Feb. 20

NEW BERN, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – Tami Tyree, an actress, historian, musicologist, and featured vocalist in the movie “12 Years a Slave,” will help Tryon Palace honor Black History Month with a musical lecture entitled “New York and the 19th-Century Slavery Question.” Hosted by Tryon Palace’s monthly African American Lecture Series, this free event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Cullman Performance Hall. Tyree explains that while citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line were arguing the slavery question, slaves were artfully making their own statements. Preserved through oral testimonies, these stories from the hearts and minds of those in bondage were fused with melody and poetic verse to form the earliest religious […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Booty of Brunswick
By February 4, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Booty of Brunswick

When I got home from the trip on the sailboat, I tried to make things work, I really did.  I wanted to get to a point where I could   I got a job and tried very hard to make it worth my time.  I worked 60-75 hour weeks so that I could take home less than 500$.  I didn’t complain but it was all because I was overcompensating.  I had enjoyed my time on the boat and on the water.  It was something that I felt bad about because all of my friends had been stuck in that seasonal town while I was off on an adventure and it seemed like maybe I had done something that was too […]