10 Years of Inspiration

Over the 10 years OutreachNC Magazine has been in print, we’ve been honored to interview some fascinating people. From internationally famous performers to local heroes and legends, we’ve sat with, listened to and shared the stories of people who shape our communities through the work they do, the food they cook and the people they love. 

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate these 10 amazing years than sharing some of these stories, snippets of interviews that allow us a glimpse into their worlds and a window into what makes them shine. 

“I think we look at them and don’t see them. We forget the life they’ve lived and the experiences they’ve had that have led them to where they are. You just see the person in front of you. You think they’re not engaged or with the same drives and desires, but if you sit and talk to them, the 90 year-old has the same desires as younger people; we just don’t acknowledge them anymore.” 

Amy Natt on misconceptions society has regarding older adults. (2019) 

“One thing about the African American community is that the church, and faith, is big and that’s where we are. We may be everywhere else, but the church is where we do a whole lot of things. We’re interested in [faith] and I think that’s why it has stayed that long, because we get
into that.”

Donna Jackson Anderson, producer of WRAL’s Spiritual Awakening, on the African American community. (2018) 

“I just think baby boomers with our emphasis on staying young and healthy have more energy, and we want to be involved in our grandchildren’s lives. We’re being drawn in economically and by technology beyond just a physical need to be with our grandchildren. We have the urge to spend time with them and be involved in their lives in some way to raise them. And for a lot of us, we do have the resources, and we want to live near them. If we live near them, inevitably, both parents are going to work today, and they need really good childcare that they can trust. There’s nobody you can trust more than the grandparents, even if you don’t get along with them, you can still trust them as caretakers for the grandchildren, because they love them so much.”

Veteran news reporter Leslie Stahl on the power of grandparents and how baby boomers are changing grandparenthood. (2017) 

“There was an English class when I was a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1963. In that class I read a novel, A Farewell To Arms, by Ernest Hemingway. That book started me on the path to becoming a fiction writer. It is ironic, perhaps, that I went through a war, as did Ernest, and one of my deepest wishes after that experience of warfare was that we might someday say a farewell to arms —or at least, as human beings, be less eager, even hungry, to shout war-like cries across the hills and valleys of the world.”

Author Clyde Edgerton on a college course that influenced his perspective and changed him. (2017) 

“Over half of my books are set in North Carolina. I moved from San Diego to Northern Virginia and I lived there for 22 years. When I moved to Virginia I started coming down to the Outer Banks and really got hooked. Growing up in New Jersey with the Jersey shore, I’ve always been very drawn to beach areas. The Outer Banks was so beautiful, and I ended up setting four novels there; three of them are part of a trilogy called “The Keeper of the Light” trilogy. And then I started making my way out of the Outer Banks and exploring more of North Carolina and was just fascinated by the history and by the variety of places that there are geographically. North Carolina really celebrates writers. More than any place I have lived, it really appreciates writers, and I think it attracts writers to it.”

Author Diana Chamberlain on her adopted state and what it’s like to live and write in North Carolina. (2016) 

“You know all the stuff that was going on back in the old days of moonshining…making the stuff and trying to dodge the revenuers, driving in the middle of the night with the headlights off to take the shine to whoever was buying it. All that is exciting to hear about…not nearly as exciting, though, when your still is being busted up or somebody’s shooting at you.” 

Broadslab Distillery’s Jeremy Norris on the highs and lows of moonshining. (2015) 

“Being a dad is my life. It is the job I put most of myself into, even beyond my writing. Every time I found out I was going to be a dad, from the first time to the fourth time, I was ecstatic and terrified and worried. All I can say is, I can’t imagine my life without any of my four kids. They’ve been my life. I am very fortunate that they get to see a dad who loves his work. I think that it’s a really great thing to be able to model for them, but I think they also know that when the chips are down, they come first, always.” 

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn on fatherhood. (2014) 

“Billy Graham. He was one of the hardest interviews I ever had to track down. Getting the president is actually a little bit easier than getting Billy Graham. I had more tingles interviewing him than I did Barack Obama, believe me.” 

ABC11-WTVD Anchor Larry Stogner on his most memorable interview. (2013) 

“Cooking barbecue properly is a slow occupation, requiring a lot of patience and a lot of humility since it is dirty, messy, tiring work. The South has always had a slower pace of life and has been made to endure a lot of humility, so the Southern lifestyle and the art of cooking barbecue are a really good match.” 

Pitmaster Bob Garner on why the South does barbecue so very well. (2012) 

“I called my sisters and asked each of them to write down 10 specific memories of mom and to come over Friday night. Everybody had to come with 10 memories. We told mom we were going to go around and tell stories about her. We started with my oldest sister and kept going around. We opened a couple bottles of wine and we were there for three hours. It was so joyful. We all kissed her and told her goodbye…When the hospice nurse came in the next day, she said mom was actively dying. Mom knew how she was going to be remembered.”

Singer/songwriter Amy Grant on her last hours spent with her mother. (2011) 

“My mother taught my sisters and I these words to live by and I’m so appreciative for all the gifts she has given me, “Keep an open mind and an open heart, they will fill with knowledge and love…and love your family always.”

Executive Director of United Way of Moore County Linda Pearson remembering her mother’s wise and comforting words.  (2010)