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Google “Star Wars” and you’ll get 1.67 billion hits, which is about 1.4 billion more than when you type in “The Beatles” but some 390 million less than when you type in “Jesus,” of whom … more
There’s a line from the eminently-quotable film “The Princess Bride” — a movie about a book, based on screenwriter William Goldman’s book about a book — that my wife Lee Ann and I liked … more
Well, here we are a few days into the new year. Wonder how long it will take us all to remember to write “2020” on checks instead of “2019”? That assumes you still write a check once in a … more
It must be a contrarian disposition that compels me to gravitate towards, and often love, movies the masses consider bad. I’ve been this way for years. It may have started in 1980 when … more
to the editor: The radio station that I love the most is the Bible Broadcasting Network (91.1 FM in Fayetteville and 96.5 FM in High Point). My car radio picks up these two radio stations on all … more
to the editor: During the era 1960-1980, peaceful protests for civil rights and against the Vietnam War degenerated into conflict. Militant organizations emerged: 1962 Students for a Democratic … more
Christmas music seems to begin around Halloween. Perhaps by now you’d just as soon take a break and have a little peace and quiet. But if your ears are open, you can hear the music in the first … more
The recent removal of Chatham County’s Confederate monument in Pittsboro struck me profoundly since I had visited the monument on October 20, only a month before this took place. As a passionate … more
to the editor: I grew up here. I left Chatham County when I graduated from Northwood to make my way through the wider world, and have since returned home to be closer to family. I have been all … more
They say (whoever “they” are...but whoever “they” are, they say a lot) that as you get older memory is the first thing to go. I forget what’s second. But while I can still remember, I … more
In a “Randall Reflects” from March about what I called the “questionable influence of ‘Instagram influencers,’” and in which I bemoaned (and who, I ask, doesn’t like to bemoan?) the … more
As a young boy growing up in a Jewish household, the festival of Hanukkah — which runs from December 22-30 this year — was my favorite holiday. The reason could be that the holiday lasted … more
Seemingly scooped out of the litter box, director Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of “Cats” is best viewed under the influence of catnip or some other hallucinogenic substance. It’s an awkward rendering of an anachronistic stage musical already lacking a cohesive plot. more
John the Baptist was not the guy you wanted at your Christmas party. You would have smelled him coming, his camel fur reeking of sweat and desert funk. Then he would have put his dirty hands in the … more
It’s the classic Christmas decorating conundrum, beyond cliche but enshrined perfectly for posterity in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” when Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold labors to … more
Ugly sweater parties. Dirty Santa. Gift shopping. Decking the halls. Family gatherings. Our calendars are certainly full this time of year, but does busyness on the calendar equate to fullness in our … more
If you’re like me — and hopefully, for your sake, you’re not — you may not be done with your Christmas gift shopping. Or, in my case — and that of probably a significant number of other … more
French author Alexandre Dumas made a provocative claim when he said, “All human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘Wait’ and ‘Hope.’” Wisdom is rooted in reality, including … more
Funny, isn’t it, how things change as we move through life. When I was a little guy, I was pretty sure my mother was out to torture me if we sat down to the supper table and she didn’t have … more
We might’ve picked a better month than December — the whirlwind Christmas season — to take on so many household projects. But part of our timing for undertaking so many household projects … more
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