July 10, 2019

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, we misidentified Lew Myers as an architect. 

Myers was Director of Business Development for the Freelon Group.

The Saunders Report regrets the error.

      Ima keep it 100, yo.

      It would've been real easy not to like Phil Freelon.

      The dude was a handsome, successful architect with a world-famous wife and terrific kids who'd make any parent proud....

March 21, 2019


      Yeah, I know: I, too, was shocked when the head of the N.C. Association of Educators told me that the state's teachers should be armed.

      Randolph County Republican Rep. Jerry Tillman was deservedly excoriated, talked about, laughed at when he put forth a bill that would allow some teachers to bring guns into the classroom in case a gunman attacked.

      But when Mark Jewell,...

January 9, 2019


Many, many years ago, back when I was still known as the Disco Godfather, I was at a club where the deejay was dreadful.

      Dude was so bad that there were only two or three couples on the dance floor. Even though the club was for grown folks, his music seemed aimed at adolescents.

      "Why doesn't someone tell him he stinks?" I asked before approaching his turntable and asking, as diplomatically as possible, "Say, h...

December 25, 2018

T'was just hours before Christmas and all through the town

There wasn't a drop of egg nog nowhere to be found.

I went to Harris Teeter, Food King and Food Lion

but not one of them was selling, so I wasn't buyin'.

I checked at the gas station, the drug store and bar

but the bartender shook his fist and said "Boy, git outta h'ar."

There are certain traditions at Christmas that matter

like cookies and cakes all spread on a platter.

But the greatest tradit...

December 19, 2018

          This is a 100 percent true Christmas story:

      Several Decembers ago, I staggered out of Macy's at the Streets of Southpoint Mall in Durham, and with a loud, dispirited sigh plopped down onto a bench.

      A man on another bench heard and asked if I was tired from shopping too much.

      No, I told him, I was fleeing that insufferable song on the store's sound system that was assailing sh...

December 11, 2018

Scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift for that special friend?

Well, Santa Barry says "scratch no more!"

      Here, just in time for the Yuletide season, is the perfect gift*, one guaranteed to give months of reading enjoyment to the bibliophile in your life.

      You can get 10 years' of award-winning columnist** Barry Saunders' columns in time for the low, low price of $22, or 20-plus years for $36. That inclu...

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