Politically Purple Comes Home

Politically Purple NC has been on hiatus while its instigator/editor packed up her various collectables from across the years and moved them from the mountains to the middle of the state — from 23 years in Asheville back to her territory of birth, Wake County.

A bevy of native Holder and Bagwell spirits in the area, dating back to the early 1800s for the former and the Revolutionary Era for the latter ancestors, plus all the remaining relatives-in-the-flesh (including a 94-year-old aunt who is going strong and two bright-and-shining granddaughters) were awaiting her when she replanted herself in native soil.

The new physical location will afford profoundly greater access to the state government halls, one of the focuses of this column/website. And when the new legislature convenes in January, the plan is to provide more regular and insightful coverage of their undertakings.

But one of the joys of being back in Raleigh — the capital city where her first Irish immigrant ancestor settled (technically in Morrisville) and as a stone mason, worked to help build the State Capitol — means access to troves of historical archives plus the weightiness of history preserved in state buildings, period houses, parks, and the land itself.

For example, on Veterans Day, the author and her trusty sidekick, Summer the golden retriever, drove to the state capitol grounds and wandered there for a profound, autumn-crisp hour, looking at each statue and plaque honoring native sons and daughters who, across the years, served in the military forces of this nation. The capital city’s downtown was quiet and calm on the holiday, and only a few individuals or small groups of people were also walking the grounds of the Capitol square at the upper end of Fayetteville Street.

Your author paused at the Fayetteville terminus, remembering the many visits spent there in her childhood, buying 10-cent bags of peanuts from the omnipresent vendor and feeding the gaily-feathered pigeons on the sidewalk. Today, his spot was occupied by the Veterans for Peace and their temporary memorial.

History. Heritage. Hope. A bright blue late afternoon sky. A gathering of spirits. It is good to be home.

Image of Lady Liberty, who stands watch over the North Carolina Veterans Monument honoring World War I, World War II, and Korean War veterans. Lady Liberty holds a palm frond symbolizing peace and victory. (Photo by N. Holder)

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    PoliticallyPurpleNC examines -- from a nonpartisan angle -- the legislative decisions of the North Carolina General Assembly and their potential effects on the citizens of the state. It does so in a setting that includes context -- historical background and social implications. PPNC encourages rational, nonpartisan evaluation and advocacy for the good of the whole.
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