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North Carolina boasts beautiful mountains and a warm, inviting coast; in between are some pretty incredible places, too, including the region right here which most of you reading this (and me writing … more
“The best way to reach me,” I’ve been telling people for years, “is by email.” Lately, I’m not so sure. In reality, I love most of what email has to offer. As an introvert and … more
Throughout my life, I’ve had lots of experience with babies. Heck, I even used to be one, although I can’t remember much about that except for what I see in a few old pictures. The first few … more
I haven’t read Mad Magazine since the ‘70s, a time when well-worn copies of the subversive humor periodical freely floated about our household, passed among me and my two older siblings. I … more
Exactly what constitutes “good journalism” these days? I thought about this over the holiday weekend while reading — and not in this newspaper — the story about the Chatham County … more
Do you ever pause from time to time to reflect on your past, specifically things you once did regularly without giving them a second thought? When ­— and if — you do that, does it seem … more
In the world of movies, there are often memorable lines that find their way into everyday life and have a pretty universal meaning. For instance, there’s the line in “Jaws” when the police … more
So, exactly how would you describe a temperature of 110 degrees? How does “exceptional in its precocity and intensity” work for you? A little fancier than “hotter than Hades,” as we … more
The grass is always greener on the other side, the proverb tells us. And so it was when I was a teenager that we looked to our neighboring state to the south for two things unavailable here: … more
There are few things more mundane than the daily commute to work. So familiar is the route, my phone alerts me of my destination every morning before I know it for sure myself. My car, which is … more
We were five minutes away from loading our bags into my car and making the trek to RDU for our flight when my wife’s cellphone dinged, alerting her to a new text message. “Oh, no,” she said, … more
From time to time, I have been called a weenie, a wimp, even a softie. And from time to time, I have agreed with that assessment. Sometimes that charge and my agreement have been made at the … more
If you’ve been on the planet for longer than about 15 minutes then you know you can’t always believe what you see. We say that in lots of ways – “you can’t judge a book by its cover” … more
The summer solstice — when the Earth’s tilt toward the sun is at peak position, making it the year’s single longest day — is Friday, beginning 95 days of summer for us to enjoy until September 23, the first day of fall. more
Randall RIGSBEE Randall Reflects Randall RIGSBEE Randall Reflects We take precautions against weather in order to mitigate, to the extent that we can, its impact on us. Examples … more
I walked into Siler City Elementary School’s library last Thursday morning feeling like I’d stumbled unsuspectingly into a gold mine. The treasure? Books, and lots of them. Libraries are … more
On the desk in my study is a large calendar. Occasionally, I can find it if I move all the papers, notes, stacks of books to be read sometime in the future, bits of memorabilia created by a … more
The Secret Lives of Pets 2 Grade: C Director: Chris Renaud Starring the voices of: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana … more
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” is a movie line so often quoted I won’t insult you by naming the film. Watching the evening news last week, a variation on the famous line crept to … more
If it’s June, it must be time for baseball, weddings, graduation...and ceremonies. Through the years, I’ve attended a number of such events — my own in high school and seminary, Shirley’s … more
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