Da Bomb Squad: Winston’s Least Notorious Gang Ever

It’s hard to believe that my 20th R.J. Reynolds High School reunion is just around the corner. In honor of being out of that great place for so long, I will sporadically blog on some of my memories as a Demon during the late 90’s. When you think of gangs, you think of mean dudes…

The Birth of The Man Van

The physical birth of the man van happened in a factory somewhere near the Great Lakes. You would think since the man van is a Volkswagen that it was physically built in das Deutschland. Actually, the Volkswagen Routan is just a Chrysler Dodge with a VW logo on the front and back of the van…

Letters from Dad: Happy 4th to my 4X4

Dear Hudson- Today is your fourth birthday big guy. It’s hard to believe that four years ago you were born on a day where there was a surprise April snow shower. Besides being born on April 4th (04/04), you are also a 4X4 for how tough of a kid you are. You could run full…

I Suffer from Panic Attacks and That’s Okay

I love my life. I have a great job, a great hobby, and most importantly a great family. There is one part of my life I used to hate. I suffer from panic attacks. Twenty years ago, ten years ago or even two years ago, I would have never said that to anyone. I think…

Why I am Uberring in 2017

2016 was a great first year for my blog, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing Famous Winston-Salemites and Local Difference Makers, plus my blogs about family and friends. I love Winston-Salem and its people, and I wanted to add another dimension to my blog that incorporated more about our city. Just in the two short weeks…

Uberring Through Winston: Part I

In 2017, I plan to become an Uber driver to meet all kinds of people in Winston-Salem, NC and then write about them and my adventures. I will offer various challenges to my riders, and 10% of my tips will go to a different Winston-Salem organization each month. When I got the idea to add…

Jump, Little Children: Famous Winston-Salemites

Winston-Salem is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Famous Winston-Salemites will feature some accomplished people that lived in Winston-Salem and now have moved on to do great things. All of the questions will be about their time in the Twin City. After a ten year hiatus, the band Jump, Little Children continues…

Thank You Salem College Soccer

Dear Salem College Soccer Team, I said during our last game that “I love everything about this team,” and I meant every word of that statement. I love my coaching staff and wouldn’t trade them for any coaching staff in the country. I love the determination and relentlessness of all twenty-six members of the team…

Lawren Desai-Local Winston-Salem Difference Makers

In addition to celebrating Winston-Salem natives that have moved on to do significant things outside of Winston, this blog will also celebrate local people who make a difference currently in Winston-Salem.  When I started writing about local Winston-Salem difference makers, there was one I knew I wanted to write about from the very beginning, my…

Letters from Dad:McKinley’s 6th Birthday

Dear McKinley, Don’t ever change! You will always be my favorite little princess! Five was another great year for you and I can’t wait to see you continue to grow this upcoming year. This is going to be a huge year for you, since you start kindergarten just a week after your birthday. I look forward…

Jeffrey Smith (Smitty’s Notes): Local Winston-Salem Difference Maker

In addition to celebrating Winston-Salem natives that have moved on to do significant things outside of Winston, this blog will also celebrate local people who make a difference currently in Winston-Salem.  “Charlotte tries to be like Atlanta. Winston tries to be like Winston.” -Jeffrey Smith There would be no Smitty’s Notes (website link) without Jeffrey…