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“I can’t believe this. I really can’t. My mom signed me up for the PTA. I think I am going to faint. What will everyone say when they find out? Or maybe they won’t. Maybe I won’t let them. … more
After the terrible winter storms last week, we saw image after image of human misery in Texas. Millions were forced to endure freezing temperatures without electrical power not only because of the … more
I’m the youngest of the three sons born to my mother and father. Years ago and years after I came to be, I learned that there almost was a fourth one of us — except that my mom suffered a … more
I think an old college flame is trying to reconnect with me. Trying to interest me in “getting back together,” as they say. It began with some unsolicited email messages and me poking … more
Only seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on our Capitol building Jan. 6. Yet, there is widespread disapproval of the rioters. The … more
To the Editor: My goodness. We just last month witnessed American democracy come within an inch of its life via a violent assault on our Capitol, our Congress, and on Vice President Mike Pence at … more
One of North Carolina’s most enduring political alliances — teachers and the Democratic Party — is being tested by today’s debate over reopening schools. The ties, which go back decades, … more
February finds Chatham County shrouded in dampness, a dampness that clings to everything and will neither freeze out nor warm up. It creeps in with the chill, keeping the days cold and clammy under … more
We buy our fish fresh at the Thursday afternoon Pittsboro farmer’s market. Thanks to James and Marcey Clark and their business, Hook & Larder, we need no longer brave traffic and drive to … more
The most pressing issue on the minds and hearts of many folks for the next few days — other than wondering about how much longer the virus is going to be around and will we get some snow this … more
Our firstborn was only 3 years old and happily racing toy cars across our front porch when he received his first bee sting. His mother rocked him in her lap until he had calmed down. Then, in her … more
Last week, I learned that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had issued a statement encouraging schools to reopen. He was joined in that sentiment by the Department of Public Instruction Superintendent … more
I had the good fortune to start the month of February by receiving my first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center at 10:01 a.m. Monday. I am … more
Super Bowl Sunday is near, and since I cannot root for the Panthers, I will root for the Buccaneers. I used to live in Clearwater, Florida, just north of St. Petersburg. Tampa’s older, seedier, … more
I mentioned to my wife that my New Year’s resolution was to hang out with more guy friends. She and I have two churches and three kids between us, so free time is rare. But she was immediately … more
Some time ago while going through a personal treasure chest, I ran across some items — three, to be exact — that I’d saved for use at a later date. Only problem is that I have saved them so … more
Our mother died last year before reaching her 86th birthday. She didn’t die from COVID-19, but the awful avalanche of complications that arose while trying to arrange medical care during the … more
The world needs fewer liars and more tellers of tall tales. We need more men like Ransom Crump. Ransom Crump was the unlikely name of the widower who became my grandmother’s second husband after … more
From the 1960s on, self-proclaimed radicals have echoed Malcolm X’s dismissal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “foolish” and even cowardly “modern Uncle Tom.” Current critics interpret … more
It was in 1946, long before my mama and daddy dreamed of me, that comic-strip creator Chester Gould introduced the two-way wristwatch radio for his (and later my) hero Dick Tracy. That was one … more
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