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There are many things I’ve take for granted, I understand more keenly now, through the lens of current events. It’s a much longer list than I probably even presently realize. The absurdity … more
We are living in a global crisis. In such a time as this, fear abounds. Fear for our health, fear for our economy and fear of the unknown. This is a time when hope matters. Perhaps a mantra or … more
By now the cards are sent, the flowers are delivered and the presents are presented and it’s back into the box for Mother’s Day until 2021. Some folks say that day is made just for Hallmark … more
My reputation among the squirrels in my yard has taken a pretty good beating these last couple of weeks. They no longer fear me. Mockery, instead, is the new reality. I suppose I’ve gotten … more
Without question, the United States of America and countries around the globe face tremendous pressure to withstand the seemingly inevitable economic threat posed by COVID-19. Business leaders … more
Sunday night, I sat at my desk beside the window and listened to the rain. Nice...and it sure beats $80 an hour for a therapist. I like rain. I like to hear it hitting the windows, to smell the … more
Very suddenly, I felt it. And it felt something like...despair. I’m not used to that. We were in the middle of watching the evening news — something I’m doing every night now, in … more
(For Drs. Sally Wood, Rosanne Jones, and Eli Tiller, three of my heroes.) Words matter. This is especially true in a crisis. How we talk about the coronavirus impacts how we think and react to … more
To the editor: Three things are both urgent and important during the COVID-19 pandemic: protecting lives and health, restoring the economy, and safeguarding democracy. The first two issues are receiving a lot of … more
To the editor: My name is Keith Johnson and I live in Siler City. Congress must work to improve the coronavirus response package that was signed into law. This pandemic is devastating communities, … more
Much of society’s drive today centers on the notion “the bigger, the better.” That’s true, I suppose, if you’re looking for a room to hold 100 people and so far, you’ve only found an … more
We’re days away from the 2020 primary day, the final opportunity for Chatham County residents to vote on the local option sales tax referendum on this ballot. As part of our coverage, we’ve got … more
In a typical year, Jessica and I would have likely been occupying a couple of seats at a most-favored Mexican restaurant in the early evening of April 8th, dipping chips into salsa, and celebrating … more
I fancy myself something of a wordsmith. That affinity comes from a love of reading and writing and, in part, from the ego-boosting number of times over the years people have asked, “Hey, can you … more
Though I will remember this spring as the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, my young sons will long recall the “daoine sidhe.” This is not a new disease but a very old story stretching all the way … more
To the Editor: Del Turner’s story about getting in trouble with her grandfather for drinking from the white water fountain (“Hindsight 2020: Moving forward from history,” Feb. 27) brings to … more
Some years ago, I conducted an unscientific driving experiment. For an entire week, I adhered strictly to posted speed limits. If a sign allowed 55 miles per hour, that is the speed at which I … more
Literary critic Stanley Fish identifies a theory known as “fragmentation” by which a specific passage, paragraph, or even a single sentence is isolated from the rest of the document. As a … more
In our world today, there are all kinds of awards and honors — Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, military medals and ribbons, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the award I got from my college … more
Names, it’s been said, are among the most important parts of our lives. They are, in part, our identity and security, our personality; who we are and how we look at life. Of course, there are … more
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