Another issue of ARRAY Magazine in which I have multiple articles - a profile of a multi-talented colleague (pg 18) and a story on a group of high school culinary students who took the prize in Habitat for Humanities gingerbread house competition (p.42)
I am also the subject of an Author Spotlight article in this issue (p. 20)
by Robin Minnick
Children are small. To them, the
world can look like a sea of legs held together
by belts and waistbands, with disembodied
voices telling them what to do.
When the voices turn angry and the belted
legs chase, the whole world becomes a sea of
danger to be navigated with desperate care.
If bad things happen, it seems like there’s
no one to trust, no safe harbor. The Child
Advocacy Center (CAC) is that safe harbor.
CAC’s stated mission is to “provide a safe
and child friendly center that supports the
prevention, investigation and prosecution
of child abuse” with the help and support of
by Robin Minnick
The lobby of the squat brick building is
sparse and oddly free of dance-bag clutter. Trophies,
one nearly six feet tall, cluster in a corner like a
grove of metal trees. On entering, visitors see a large
classroom to the left, another across the lobby, and
a third in back. Dance tees on display with a knot
of women surrounding a central counter. One is a
petite blonde-haired woman with bright eyes and a
sweet smile and a dream five times bigger than she
is. Victoria Armstrong, is the Owner/Artistic Director
of Elite Dance Center near the corner of Legion
and Black-and-Decker Roads.
It’s a cliché: little girls dreaming of being ballerinas.
However, some girls - like Victoria - dream
of teaching dance and owning their own studios.
by Robin Minnick
To manager Travis Lynde, it’s the “Cheers”
of oyster bars. To Tommy and Kari Cataldo of St.
Clair, Michigan, it’s “on their must-eat-at list.” A pair
of regulars retired from the military deem it “way
better than [another oyster establishment].” There’s
good reason for the high opinions of Full Moon
Oyster Bar on Brucewood Road in Southern Pines.
Step inside and be welcomed by the shuckers,
your wait staff. Music resounds
by Robin Minnick
This time of year in 1843, Charles
Dickens could be found standing before a
mirror, face suitably drawn, brow furrowed.
His voice is deliberately high-pitched, re-arranging
words of dialogue. He repeats them
several times with different inflections, scribbling
a change - the actor’s interpretation informing
the writer’s words.
Descendant Gerald Dickens relates
how his great-great-grandfather developed
Carolina Country - LED or Not?
Anyone who puts up decorative lights knows how expensive it can get. For many of us that means turning to LED lights that can use 80 to 90 percent less electricity. But the question is, how good are they? Some North Carolina enterprises are finding out.
"Everyone is born a somebody," Don McGehees tells children. "You choose whether to stay a somebody or not by how you act."
As a former Marine, pro wrestler, prison warden, and Tennessee's director of probation and parole, McGehee knows where bad choices can lead, and...
By appearance, Ellen Gilbert could be a school secretary, a Sunday school teacher or an unreconstructed child of the ’60s. But it’s the latter: She was a student at Kent State in 1970, close to the bloody confrontation between students and National Guardsmen, and she’s since devoted her life to ensuring that the hard-won lessons of the ’60s aren’t forgotten.
Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Williams planned on becoming a lawyer. Once in college, that dream was eclipsed by another...becoming part of a television news team. Many people in Nashville are familiar with the charming personality and friendly smile...
There's a field of 43, 3400-pound cars raging around the shortest possible circuit of a .533-mile track in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, a place nicknamed Thunder Valley: Bristol Motor Speedway. Special racing fuel and a crew of highly-trained mechanics keep these cars running at top speed around the half-mile oval, but what keeps the drivers in top running condition?
With the United States melting pot so vast and diverse, it is easy to overlook that many smaller countries also enjoy a heritage derived from multiple cultures. The Philippines, comprised of some 7,106 islands, cite several sources of rich cultural tradition, particularly in language and cuisine.
It tells you something right away that the Food Photographer (John Uher) gets credit on the front cover of Chocolate Passion - Recipes & Inspiration from the Kitchens of Chocolatier Magazine. This collection of recipes from Chocolatier follows the magazine's style with glossy photos of chocolate delights that set your "chocolate buds' to watering....
We had family in recently, as I'm sure many of you did. It's interesting, reuniting adult children under one roof. Old habits re-surface, and new habits have a difficult time making their debut...