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Some weeks ago, a vacuous scammer temporarily commanded my mother’s WhatsApp account. He picked the wrong son’s mother to swindle; naturally, I found him for a phone interview (it wasn’t … more
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved African-Americans in Texas were finally told three words: “You are free.” Now, 156 years later, we continue to observe Juneteenth, June 19th … more
Should we be satisfied with nearly eight in 10 Chatham County seniors having been vaccinated against the dangers of COVID-19? I would hope not. In March, I was excited by the pace with which … more
Growing up, my younger brother and I both played baseball. Since my brother moved to New York City more than a decade ago, my father and I have tried to meet him every summer at a different ballpark … more
Some years ago, when my father-in-law was still with us and had not yet become a precious memory, he put together a little orchard of sorts in a corner of his backyard where the pasture fence made a … more
I’ll go ahead and say it: I’ve never liked Coach K. There hasn’t been a single moment in my 23 years of life that I’ve felt differently. As a kid, I was fortunate to grow up in a … more
Before I had kids of my own, I thought “helicopter parenting” was an extreme sport. Let’s also try bungee-jumping parenting and skydiving parenting! But the truth is quite serious. In this … more
Chaos erupted when the Colonial Pipeline shut down last month, temporarily suspending fuel supply on the east coast. But the drama we saw then was just a glimpse of something worse to come, though … more
As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to increase, so has capacity at many sports venues across the country. For the NBA playoffs, seven of the 16 teams participating in the first round … more
A national political reporter recently asked me how I would explain North Carolina politics to a class of college students. “One word,” I told him: “Race.” It has always been about … more
To the Editor: Gov. Roy Cooper outlined his spending priorities for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) money coming to North Carolina, specifying how he thinks the billions of dollars would best be … more
Parenting is a difficult job, an enterprise made tougher when the chemistry of multiple blood-related kidlets interacting within the same four walls turns combustible. I’ve seen it happen a lot. … more
Limbo refers to an uncertain period of waiting for a decision or resolution. Some religious traditions speculate about the limbo status of the soul in the afterlife. My co-columnist today, Paul … more
Through the years I’ve tried to avoid making too many absolute statements. It’s not that I don’t have some basic core beliefs that, while maybe open for conversation, aren’t open for … more
The earth is warming at an alarming rate — the five warmest years in recorded history all occurred during the last decade. There is little doubt that this warming is caused by human activity. … more
With no meaningful state law giving North Carolinians the right to see disciplinary records of those they employ in state and local government jobs, how will we ever know? How will we know about … more
This academic year has been marked by a global pandemic. Yet, as in previous years, you will take end-of-grade tests. I don’t believe this makes any sense. But I believe in you. You have had … more
We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when or where. The Colonial Pipeline hacking was a scary introduction to ransom attacks. Here are five take-aways: 1. Human nature hasn’t changed … more
For all y’all who’ve gotten your shots, and in light of the CDC’s new masking guidelines, this week I’m offering a visual celebration of this weird but hopeful period we’re going through. … more
I celebrate last week’s updated guidelines from the CDC. Not only do the vaccines safeguard an overwhelming majority of recipients from COVID-19, the vaccines are incredibly effective at preventing … more
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