Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:

The Bungalows of Rocky Mount – Part Two – Dedicated To Your Memories

Elizabeth Anderson Ellison left this comment on ‘Way Back When’ in response to Part One on the Bungalows of Rocky Mount. My grandmama lived in one (a bungalow) on Sunset and I just thought it was the best…the doorknobs were … Continue reading

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The Bungalows Of Rocky Mount – Another Architectural Asset That Needs Protection – Part One

 “The house gulped in a big breath of fresh air, like some frantic drowning thing breaking the water’s surface and gasping for life. It had sat unopened for so long, suffocating in the silence, it’s memories blanketed by a thick … Continue reading

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Public Hearings on Battle Park: Hoping For A Different Outcome?

W.C. Fields (1880-1946) American comedian and actor says it best.  “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.”  If you have children you’ve experienced this maneuver. Ask Mom, … Continue reading

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Reporting On The Battle Park Public Input Meeting – 2/27/20

(Stepheny in an excited voice quoting Julian of Norwich)                                                             “All … Continue reading

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The Enforcement of Ordinances – If Only A ‘Enforcer’ Code Ring From A Cracker Jack Box Would Do The Trick

You wouldn’t be keeping me company on Main Street if you weren’t interested, hopeful, and slightly addicted to architecture – commercial and residential. Above all else, you are a member of the cheerleading squad for the revitalization of Rocky Mount. … Continue reading

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Blanche’s Bistro Unleashes A Hornets Nest – Bringing Controversy to the New Main Street Reality

The last time I looked there were 405 comments on Concerned Citizens about the opening of Blanche’s Bistro. On the right are a few lines from the announcement. This has unleashed a hornet’s nest.  After reading some of the comments … Continue reading

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306 Villa is on the Demolition List – If Lost – Can It Serve as Our Penn Station

“We strain to listen to the ghosts and echoes of our inexpressibly wise past, and we have an obligation to maintain these places, to provide these sanctuaries, so that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those … Continue reading

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