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You might be familiar with Lyman Baum. This is the story of the thin but sturdy thread connecting him to me. Baum was something of a daydreamer. He had a restless spirit, especially when it came … more
The still image of a CGI-contorted Will Smith as the blue, buff Genie, found the early marketing Disney’s live-action update of “Aladdin,” was a source of initial castigation and … more
On Monday evening, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners settled in for another meeting. The last two had lasted long into the Pittsboro night, and with a public hearing on a budget proposal … more
The calendar tells us that, at least officially, summer is still a month or so away. The thermometer apparently hasn’t gotten the memo, though, as we’ve been living with temperatures above 90 … more
“Music,” the Greek philosopher Plato wrote, “gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” The famous Corsican Napoleon Bonaparte, … more
We build and inhabit homes that safeguard us from the elements, from pests, from predators. Our air-conditioned environments, baring unusual events, serve us well. I, for example, fall asleep … more
Ann Landers used to tell her readers to “wake up and smell the coffee.” Through the years I have taken that advice literally. Today I’ve gotten so good at it I can smell the coffee before I … more
Hurry up and read this column, please, because I’m late. Actually, if what I heard many years ago about being late is true — and I believe it to be — then by the time you’ve gotten this … more
It was billed as the First Annual Spring Chicken Festival, a name most wordsmiths would agree is misleading — given that technically, there’s no such thing as “first annual,” since an event … more
I’ll be visiting my mother on Sunday, giving her a few things I hope will make her happy and feel appreciated. She enjoys candy and crosswords, so my wife and I got her some milk chocolates and … more
Years ago, a British poet by the name of Alfred Tennyson penned a poem entitled “Locksley Hall” in which he noted, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Spring … more
There’s an entire subset of Seth Rogen’s film canon in which he plays schlubs who find themselves in romantic relationships with attractive women beyond their station. It began with … more
Soon, someone will take Walter Petty’s seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. They’ll never, however, take his place. Petty, the board’s lone Republican, surprised his fellow … more
With a deadline looming last Monday morning, I wrote a column, quickly, about the whirlwind road trip my wife and I took the week before, that column focusing on the intrinsic value of maps. Fully … more
I fundamentally believe in the American free enterprise system. I believe if someone has an idea and the smarts and the energy and the desire and the hard work to make a go of a business or a … more
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Where would we be without maps? The obvious answer is: we wouldn’t have a clue. A long road trip — over my wife’s spring break from teaching last week, we traveled from home to … more
We got a jump-start on Easter traffic by leaving early last Thursday morning for Florida to visit our son Addison and his wife Charis. I love driving, and driving long distances, but a trip to the … more
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and from looking backward through rose-colored glasses, I have come to believe even more every day many of the things my mother tried to teach me about life in … more
A few days ago, I was rummaging through the various drugstore aisles that contain the medicines and cures you can buy without a prescription. I was looking for a particular eyedrop that the eye doc … more
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