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:

Betting On The Best Horses in the Rocky Mount Election Derby Oct. 8, 2019

At the University of Kentucky, I learned to play bridge in the Student Union, I became a life long college basketball fan, and I learned how to read a racing form! I learned not to schedule a class on Thursday … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Buy An $18 Million Parking Garage Available On The Rocky Mount Monopoly Board?

For the fun of it, let’s play Monopoly!  On the Board, one of the things we can buy is a parking deck. A deck we are told that will be great for Edgecombe County. Consider a few of the following things … Continue reading

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Early Voting Starts September 18 – “Much is Expected”

In Evanston, IL., the YMCA played an important part in growing up. I started with Little Women in the 5th grade and graduated high school as a member of a Girls Tri-Hi-Y Club. The only thing the Y ever failed at was … Continue reading

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Things to Consider Before The Atlantic Avenue Corridor Public Meeting – Mixed-Use Development – “Gaming the System”

Introducing Guest Blogger, Rodd Myers. Rodd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with a focus on business and public administration from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). We became friends … Continue reading

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We Need a ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’- Captured By A Past Not Of Our Own Making

At Monday’s City Council meeting, September 9, 2019, I had to face the fact that for some people, there will never be an expiration date, or enough markers placed, or an end to talk of reparation, an issue raised during … Continue reading

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The October 8th Election – “Don’t Make Me No Coffee Babe, I Won’t Be Back No More”

While sitting on the back seat of the car as I was growing up, I listened to my parents sing.  Over time, I learned the words to songs like  Stardust, Melancholy Baby, and Sunny Side of the Street. These classics … Continue reading

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HGTV Proves We Can Save Our Vital Rocky Mount Housing, But Rigging The System Has To Stop

I love the HGTV shows that are about saving, restoring, and preserving houses. Two programs, in particular, bring hope and inspiration when thinking about our Rocky Mount neighborhoods near downtown. Good Bones concentrates on old neighborhoods in Indianapolis that are … Continue reading

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