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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
Candidates are lining up to run in 2020 and we’ve heard those running on a more liberal or “progressive” platform, as well as those espousing a more conservative agenda. There’s one big … more
I remember being mistrustful of the Internet, back in its formative years. Still clinging to bound books and libraries and old-fashioned research tools like microfilm, I held to an uneasiness … more
There’s an old saying about how it’s not possible to teach an old dog new tricks. And there’s some truth to that. I remember an old dog we once had and how I tried to teach him to go to the … more
During over four decades of teaching, I’ve enjoyed asking students the following questions in my introductory economics course: “What if you could write a check and never have to deduct the … more
A few days ago, I opened our refrigerator door to see what was hiding in there that I could turn into a snack. Since I’ve started a cardiac rehab program over the past several weeks, I’ve tried … more
RALEIGH — The single most important issue during every legislative session is the approval or revision of North Carolina’s state budget. For the 2019-20 session about to get underway, the … more
February is historically one of the coldest months of the year in these parts, but paradoxically it’s also the month we celebrate one of our warmest holidays: Valentine’s Day. Aided by the … more
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