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News from the Ghost Island of the Outer Banks

NEWS FROM THE GHOST ISLAND OF THE OUTER BANKS By Ray McAllister One of the things I do on the side — and one of the most rewarding — is edit the newsletter of the FRIENDS OF PORTSMOUTH ISLAND. The … Continue reading

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And the WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH winners are …

Our giveaway of 10 signed copies of the newly re-released 10th Anniversary Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island brought more than 1,000 entries — 1,072, to be exact — according to Goodreads. Here are the 10 WINNERS, selected by Goodreads: Lorraine … Continue reading

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And the “FLIGHTS OF FANCY” winners are …

Our giveaway of 3 signed copies of the new FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Stories, Conversations and Life Travels with a Bemused Columnist and His Whimsical Wife, by Randy and Barbara Fitzgerald, brought 583, entries, according to Goodreads. Here are the 3 … Continue reading

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CAMPAIGN FEVER … CHARLEY McDOWELL STYLE

SECOND ACTS CAMPAIGN FEVER Half a century later, Charley McDowell still delivers laughs and hope BY RAY McALLISTER Boomer magazine, Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018 I have just emerged from an election campaign that was surprisingly entertaining. No, not last … Continue reading

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IT’LL BE A BREEZE

SECOND ACTS IT’LL BE A BREEZE It helps not to know what you don’t know BY RAY McALLISTER I should have told you. But then I didn’t know. Since I left as BOOMER’s editor 18 months ago, I’ve continued writing … Continue reading

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And the “PORTSMOUTH” winners are …

Our giveaway of the newly re-released Portsmouth: The Way It Was, by the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud, brought 767 entries, according to Goodreads. Here are the 5 WINNERS of First-Day copies, selected by Goodreads: Kristi Corbett, Amy Ellis, Steve Martinson, … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the “New” PORTSMOUTH

  Portsmouth: The Way It Was will be republished tomorrow, May 20. Why is it being brought back into print? Here’s my foreword to the book by Ellen Fulcher Cloud, which tells the true story of the “ghost village of … Continue reading

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And the WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH winners are …

By the time the Goodreads giveaway of 10 copies of the new enhanced edition of Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island ended last night, 856 had entered. Here are the 10 WINNERS: Barbie Campbell, Betty Grow, Tammy Hornbeck, Havis Mohammad, Lisa … Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore at The Richmond Forum

Mary Tyler Moore, who died yesterday at age 80, had a memorable appearance, both funny and poignant, 19 years ago at The Richmond Forum. Here’s the story, from The Forum Files: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum: * * * … Continue reading

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And the “FORUM FILES” winners are …

Our Goodreads Giveaway of the book that goes behind the scenes with the world’s most interest people, The Forum Files: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum, brought a large number of entrants — 512 — despite being about a Richmond-based … Continue reading

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