A delicious ode to Apple Bill McFadyen

By Jennifer McFadyen Hammond My daughters don’t have uncles. Not in the traditional sense, at least. My husband and I are both only children, so biologically, uncles aren’t on their […]

McFadyen’s Musings: All Trees Die

By Bill McFadyen After eight solid months of too much rain, it was hard to believe how badly we needed some. Yet when it quit raining in March and the […]

McFadyen’s Musings: The last boy

By Bill McFadyen It marked my third trip into our hospital’s delivery room. I figured the second one would have been my last. My wife had other ideas and used […]

McFadyen’s Musings: Fishing with Brett

By: Bill McFadyen In reflecting on our lives together in this town, it is not surprising that at First Presbyterian Church, Brett Ciccone and I had fairly regular interaction over […]

McFadyen’s Musings: Caramel Cake

By: Bill McFadyen My mom’s first caramel cake, according to recollection by her little-girl-to-life’s-end friend Katherine Holmes Wheeler, came from a recipe on the back of a box of cake […]

McFadyen’s Musings: The Wedding Gift

BY: BILL MCFADYEN As a concession to our whirlwind engagement, Susanna and I did not register for wedding gifts at the conventional and more elegant places that brides usually choose. […]

McFadyen’s Musings: Bay Rod

BY: BILL MCFADYEN In the early part of the school year in 1975, Dad purchased an oceanfront house at Emerald Isle. It had been owned by the bank as a […]

McFadyen’s Musings: Find Yourself a Faith

For decades at Fayetteville’s First Presbyterian Church, we have fed any of the members who would come on Wednesday nights. (Or to my way of thinking, actually Wednesday late afternoons, […]

Tears from a Catfish Farm

Between Greenville and Washington, North Carolina, lies a little burg named Pactolus. It is recognizable mostly from the grain silos behind Davenport’s Store – the newer version, not the one […]

Dumber Than a Chicken

BY: BILL MCFADYEN The loss of my favorite bird dog last winter was sad, but no shock. Thirteen years is blessing aplenty. I don’t know how many times people have […]