Category: Context

Examining aspects of the history and culture of the state

Maniac’s Mountain: The Wood Stove

PPNC is pleased to introduce a new “culture” column, Maniac’s Mountain. It is written by the award-winning columnist Mark Jamison of Jackson County, and features many of the characters that populate his rural life. That would include humans as well as animals, though PPNC Exclusive columns feature the fearless foursome of Maniac, Otis the three-legged dog, Mellow the feline, and Spooky Cat. We think you’ll love this quartet tremendously. And for the record, most of the Maniac columns arrive in the wee hours by email. They are…   Continue Reading »

Here’s to the land ….

I found the small, faded green book when my mother died. Inscribed inside the front cover, in scholarly, penciled script, was a name I recognized as that of her favorite aunt, Aunt Sue. Was that why she kept the little textbook, I wondered. Many of its pages were separated from the spine, and age had turned all of them an uneven caramel. The title on the cover was barely distinguishable:  First Steps in North Carolina History.  Seldom able to discard a book, I placed this…   Continue Reading »

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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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