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Remembering Scotty

Scotty Mitchell

Scotty Mitchell died on Wednesday. Tennis players in Salisbury (a.k.a. great friends) will miss him mightily.

As a player, he had an amazing forehand crosscourt return of serve. The angle was so sharp it made one wonder how the ball could realistically get over the net.

In my 20′s and

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Spencer Tracy’s speech in Inherit the Wind is a fitting response to our commissioners and representatives

Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind

Here in Rowan County, North Carolina, our County Commissioners are defending themselves against an ACLU lawsuit, because they refuse to open the meetings with an inclusive prayer.

Coming to their defense, our brave representatives in the state house took a shot at establishing a state religion.

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if you’re going to break the law, at least make it count [video]

These are the leaders of my county’s government.

This is an argument that has its roots in city-county school merger. 24 years ago.

Really. The conversation has changed a little. But this is basically a 24 year old argument.

Who owns the school system? The city or the county?

A new administrative building

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Paul Bernhardt. A regular guy. What a gigantic life!

Paul Bernhardt passed away last night. He will be missed by so many. The heartfelt depth of that missing will be uncommon. He was a regular guy in a small town who made a gigantic impact on the town and the many, many people around him.

Years ago, when Steve Bouser was editor

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Jimmy Hurley

A lot of people make a difference in other people’s lives. That’s the real juice in being a human being. And then there are those who are dedicated to it. Those who give their lives to making a difference.

That was Mr. Hurley.

I didn’t know him well, but I knew him all

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a few notes about Poochie, my play, that opens Wednesday

Production shot from 'Poochie,' (Bob Paolino and Chris Speer — from The Salisbury Post)

This new play has been different from any production of any play I’ve ever had.

I’ve had plays in other cities or states where I just showed up and saw the show. And I’ve had some around here

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New play, ‘Poochie,’ opens next week

‘Poochie,’ opens next week. Spoken Space Theatre. In the black box at Looking Glass Artist Collective.
405 N. Lee St., Salisbury, NC
Runs Wed. through Saturday, Oct. 19-22. Tickets $1o at the door.

Video: ‘The Rock Knows’ – 10 minute play at Lee Street

A video of a short play I wrote for the Lee Street Theatre ten minute play festival in Salisbury, NC. The theme of the festival was travel. Jason Williams shot the video. The actors are Amber Adams and Robert Jones. Missy Barnes directed.

The Rock Knows from jason williams on Vimeo.

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Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Saw the dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Had a great time.

My review in today’s Salisbury Post.

Edward Albee

the makings of a great chicken wing advertising campaign

There are many platitudes about finding the good in the bad.  Silver linings.  Lemonade.  Yin and Yang.

It occurs to me that Italy Café could use this story to market their chicken wings.

Might I suggest an advertising campaign?

Italy Cafe

“A taste of our chicken wings is enough to make you

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