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On a late afternoon ride home after visiting family in Durham a few of weeks ago, we decided to delay the homecoming for a side trip. Taking our time, we turned left off of US 15-501 before … more
As a Chatham resident off and on since 1970 I have observed a lot change in our county — some good, some bad. That notion that depends greatly on one’s point of view. I will admit that it is … more
It’s Sunshine Week across North Carolina and the nation. And no, that doesn’t signify an end to winter and the rains that have hammered our region since the fall — although we can always hope … more
As I’ve had more birthdays, I’ve come to realize just how much my folks actually knew and just how much I miss them. See, years ago when I wore a younger man’s clothes and my parents were still … more
A few weeks ago, during the height of middle-school basketball frenzy, I went with some family members and friends to take in a game in which my 7th-grade grandson was playing. It was an hour or … more
Our long-suffering spate of cold and wet and nasty weather has gotten me thinking about, and craving for, something my wife occasionally cooks up as a special treat: borscht. If you’re not … more
They say it’s the “little things” that matter most. We all know who “they” are. And we instinctively know what the “little things” they’re referring to are. And yes, those … more
A mea culpa wasn’t what I expected to hear when I switched on the TV. It was a few Aprils ago and I wanted to catch a few holes of The Masters, which, if you’re familiar with it, is the most … more
Things are going along great and then...they aren’t. Sometimes that’s the way things go. And that’s the way it went with one of the two toilets in my house. One day it was working … more
My favorite high school subject, other than lunch and U.S. history (both of which are still favorites even today) was English. Part of that comes directly because of two great ladies — Mrs. Annie … more
The News + Record asked individuals on either side of the tree protection at Chatham Park discussion to write a 750-word opinion piece of the subject. Elaine Chiosso is the Executive Director of … more
I lost a friend this weekend. He wasn’t my oldest friend or best friend or my closest friend, but a friend I feel grateful that our paths happen to cross. Even that sounds weak compared to the … more
The 2007 movie “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, touched the nerves of a number of folks. Mainly those nerves belonged to people who’d had a few birthdays as … more
Try to wade through the rhetoric or engage in a rational discussion about the Town of Pittsboro, Chatham Park and development plans, and you’ll discover one thing quickly: som etimes it’s hard to … more
In Wes Anderson’s 2007 movie “The Darjeeling Limited,” three brothers (portrayed by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schartzman) travel across India, hauling with them on their journey an … more
I was less than 24 hours away from an overnight, overseas flight from JFK in New York to Ukraine when I discovered my passport was lost. If you’ve ever lost anything — who among us hasn’t … more
More power to anyone who can get through high school and college without doing something stupid. That’s because high school students are young people with additional growth and maturity in their … more
Working in the news business can be difficult. For every reporter, it truly is a labor of love. We work weird, long hours, and often for little pay. Our jobs are tough and our futures are often … more
A voice from my past called to my soul the other day as I listened to some of the news accounts about all the folks across the political and social spectrum who have been found or admitted to wearing … more
I pushed the shopping cart – we used to call them “buggies,” but that’s a word you rarely hear these days – from the back of my car to the designated depository area in the grocery store … more
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