Pomp, circumstance, and cell phones. Ah! The perennial traditions of Spring.
By Catherine McCall
Wilmington NC – [Click the Listen button to hear Catherine's commentary.]
For some families the month of May brings a rite of passage, for others it delivers a family dream come true, for still others it marks a flat out miracle. From these contexts and so many others, this is the time of year when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles hike up gymnasium steps to watch their suddenly older teenagers graduate from high school.
Wilmington NC – [Click the Listen button to hear Dennis' commentary.]
As every observer of economic events knows, the Federal Reserve has held short term interest rates at a 46-year low of 1 percent since last June. Recently, speculation has begun that interest rates will soon rise. Indeed, Fed chairman Alan Greenspan recently said that the Bank would no longer be ?patient? in raising rates. Of course, no one ? certainly not this commentator ? knows exactly what patient means.
Like many a parent in these late days of spring, Paul finds himself adjusting to an empty nest.
By Paul Wilkes
Wilmington NC – [Click the Listen button to hear Paul's commentary.]
I sat for a moment on the unmade bed of my son Daniel. And I inhaled deeply. In Daniel?s bedroom, there is a certain scent. Not a bad odor or anything like that, just his unique scent. That of a strapping eighteen-year-old boy.