Barcelona’s beauty surpasses expectations

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel a little guilty writing this from sunny Spain while you are all battling winter ice and cold, but hope all will be well at home by the time you read it. I had expected Barcelona to be a beautiful city but I had not expected palm trees...

It’s all in the name

I enjoy horse racing and, although I don’t get to do it often, I enjoy placing $2 bets. My betting is not based on the odds, or on careful research of the horses, trainers or jockeys, or insider tips. I bet on the horse with the most interesting name. One of my favorites, at a...

‘I’m not old – not yet’

I’ve always been a Norman Lear fan, but after seeing an interview with him on CBS Sunday morning, I like him even better. I found Lear, who is 93, to be a kindred spirit when he said, “I am clearly older than a lot of people, but I’m not old — not yet.” And he’s obviously not...

Here’s to the new year

Here we are, on the threshold of a new year. I am looking forward to a lot of good things in 2016, but I must admit there is a lot about it that I am dreading as well. It is an election year and we all know what that means. There will be more political jostling for position with...

Escher on display at museum

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We started the new year off right with a family excursion to the N.C. Art Museum. Our oldest son, who lives in Panama, organized it, and exhibit tickets were their Christmas gift to everyone, which avoided the problem of transporting gifts on an...

Taking on the Christmas tree challenge

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We continually run into the problems of being “old school” and have just taken on the annual Christmas Tree Challenge. Unlike most of our more sensible friends, we have not succumbed to the tree that comes out of storage and gets plugged in the...

Thanksgiving — a good time for reunions

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy For many years, Thanksgiving was the best of times and the worst of times. It was the worst of times because we were always a part of the teeming masses traveling on the interstates at that peak time. And it was the best of times because we got to...

‘Progress’ should give us one more button

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy It seems that every day we have fewer real people in service positions and more buttons to push. I gripe about it a lot. One of my pet peeves is having to go through multiple choices on telephone calls. I grew up when you dialed a telephone (yep,...

Strange dreams not uncommon

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Dreams are very strange things. Some we remember, but most we forget. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious why we dream what we do, and other times there seems no rhyme or reason for it. Sometimes we wake up from a dream feeling happy, sometimes sad,...

Welcome to the neighborhood

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy A visit to the International Festival in Raleigh makes you realize just how small our world is. You look around and see and hear people from the Ukraine, Botswana, Thailand, Columbia and almost every country on every continent gathered in one...

Development is stripping away the trees

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy For almost two weeks, I watched the little pond behind our house change from brown to orange. Ever since development started near us, we have had a swirl of mud in the pond every time there was a hard rain, but it was pretty much confined to this...

America needs a royal family

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Long before a plethora of Disney princesses filled store shelves and movie screens and toy boxes and adorned T-shirts and bed linens and lunch boxes, little girls were glued to their black and white TV screens watching their favorite real-life...