William Willard Ashe and the Acquisition of National Forests in the Eastern United States

My cousin, Robert E. Messick Jr., recently wrote an impressive paper on William Willard Ashe (1872–1932), a North Carolina botanist. Messick’s research on this subject is impressive. Needing an outlet to publish his work, I proudly offered to host his content on my website. What follows in Messick’s introduction to his paper and link to […]

Irv Pearce becomes president of AIA North Carolina

My father Irvin Pearce was recently elected president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) for the year 2012. He’s been an architect all of his life. As a founding principal of the Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee architecture firm, you’ll find his name etched on many building cornerstones […]

My former uncle-in-law was attacked by a flash mob

My former uncle-in-law Mitchel Sommers was randomly attacked by a flash mob of teenagers last month in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Here’s an excerpt from the local paper: Downtown Greensboro “Flash Mob” Beating Investigated By Police Greensboro, N.C. – You’ve probably heard of the term “flash mob.” It’s when groups of people use social media […]