Merry Christmas to all

by Jean McCamy   Every year, I write a Christmas poem to go in my grown children’s stockings. Some poems are funny, some serious, and some are much better than others. This year I think my muse is on holiday, but still, I’ll share with you as well, as I wish each of you a...

Phones on plane not smart idea

by: Jean McCamy   I have a cell phone. It’s not very smart and it lives in a dark corner of my pocketbook until I take it out to make a call. I don’t know what the number is, and since it’s never on and it doesn’t know how to take messages, there’s no real reason for anybody...

Now, we dress up only to impress

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy It’s not perfectly clear why men started wearing pieces of cloth around their necks, but the practice dates back at least to the early 1600s, and although styles of ties have changed through the years, the practice has continued uninterrupted....

Beach wedding was perfect

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy A beach at its best is a glorious place, with soft sand underfoot, a warm sun overhead, a cooling breeze blowing past, and the rhythmic roll of waves against the shore. Ghost crabs skitter across the sand, gulls and pelicans soar overhead and...

Capitol hijinks a mess for everyone

by Jean McCamy It’s so embarrassing. We have international visitors and here is the United States with its pants down, oops, no, sorry, with its government down. Not exactly an easy little faux pas to ignore or explain away, is it? I frankly can’t think of any explanation for how...

Not looking for cure to soccer addiction

By Jean McCamy When you don’t have cable TV, being able to tune in to a soccer game is like getting an unexpected present in the mail. I do enjoy the game and, while I prefer watching it with someone I love on the pitch, I get pretty wrapped up in the action no matter who is...

Paying attention to Constitution a good thing

By Jean McCamy I was interested to read in David Leone’s This Week in History that, wearing my Wake Weekly reporter’s hat in l973, I asked local sixth graders why the U.S. Constitution and citizenship were so important. I really don’t remember the occasion, but was delighted to...

How about this weather?

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy What would we do without the weather to talk about? Sure, there is local gossip, politics, religion, books, movies, sports, history, food, children, pets, grandchildren and a number of other topics, but still, most of us, when at a loss for words,...

Let students keep right to vote

by Jean McCamy I have a granddaughter turning 21 this week. That’s an exciting transition into the adult world with all its privileges and responsibilities. When I reached that milestone, it meant that I could finally vote, but today’s young people get that privilege several...

Some things never come into style

by Jean McCamy I really like white pants — short, medium and long. That’s about all I wear in the summer. They go with everything. If you get something on them (think tomatoes, squashed mosquitoes, grass stains) that won’t wash out, you can bleach them. They seem cooler than dark...

Teenagers show their creativity

by Jean McCamy During the fifteen years I traveled around the state working with students in the Artist in the Schools program, the poems they wrote gave me wonderful insight into how they thought and felt. There are some amazing, interesting people inside those sometimes busy,...

Rivalries begin again — Views and reviews by Jean McCamy

I graduated from Wake Forest High School. I have two sons and three granddaughters who graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. I have three grandsons, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter who are now on track to graduate from the reborn Wake Forest High School. It...