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Japanese-style arched bridge and Yukimi "snow-viewing" lantern in the Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

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North Carolina Pottery Brown Green Oriental Stoneware Lidded Bowl Pot http://www.greatvintagejewelry.com/inc/sdetail/north-carolina-pottery-brown-green-oriental-stoneware-lidded-bowl-pot/13673/19695

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watching & waiting silently - precious pygmy rattlesnake ~ usually less than 2' long with a tiny, almost practically inaudible rattle awww; eating small mammals, birds, lizards, insects, frogs, other snakes, inhabits flatwoods, sandhills, mixed forests, floodplains, also found near lakes, marshes + found in southeastern United States from southern-eastern North Carolina, south through peninsular Florida, west to eastern Texas, Oklahoma

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from Bloomberg.com

Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving

The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.