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Here are my best and worst films of 2018, along with the most unexpected surprises and disappointments this year. Most of the comments are drawn from my written reviews: Top 10 Best Film of … more
There’s probably not another human being alive who loves a dog more than I do.Well, at least a good dog. more
When it comes to holiday traditions, we probably can’t help being influenced by how we were raised.My parents, for instance, while by no means anti-Christmas, were steadfast in their tradition of putting up Christmas decorations no sooner than one week before Christmas Day. more
Every year, since our kids were old enough to read, the presents have gone under our Christmas tree without tags.Instead, my wife Lee Ann and I came up with a code to identify which gift belongs to which child. We’d write the code – either a letter or a number, or a combination – on one corner of the gift. more
“Stan & Ollie” is a loving, heartfelt hagiography that’s as comfy and inoffensive as one of its titular duo’s comedic acts. Indeed, long stretches of the tidy 97-minute … more
It’s been said of humanity that we are what we eat.If that’s true, I’m beginning to think I might be in trouble. more
Snow is like a Rorschach test. Some look at it – snow itself, and forecasts of it – and it brings them joy. Others – and if you’re in the first group, you may call them curmudgeons -- find snow not so much fun. more
If you’re among those who view the oeuvre of Yorgos Lanthimos as a funhouse reflection of Stanley Kubrick, then “The Favourite” is Lanthimos’ “Barry Lyndon.” more
When I was a youngster – not to be confused with me saying when I was “a little boy,” since childhood pictures show I never was very little – I had some exposure to … more
We see them, year after year, faithfully standing by a red Salvation Army kettle, ringing a bell.You may even have volunteered to be a bell-ringer for the well-respected charitable organization … more
In the part of the country where we live, particularly for those of us who call North Carolina home, we can be a bit conceited.Along with our pristine sandy beaches and majestic Blue Ridge mountains, … more
I’ve never understood the appeal of Black Friday.I understand the desire to save money, certainly, and I suppose broken down to its basics that’s what Black Friday – American … more
Sometimes, life is a funny thing.Not “ha ha” funny, but “interesting” funny.We live in the present, reminisce about the past and look forward to the future – sometimes, … more
When you #shopsmall, it always means big things for Chatham County. That was the message from a number of local retailers this week in the wake of the after-Thanksgiving “Black … more
Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for his supporting performance in “Moonlight,” a layered, complex film traversing the intersection of race and sexuality from the perspective of the African-American experience. Two years later, Ali revisits those themes in “Green Book,” but in a far more elemental, reductive fashion. more
Thanksgiving!A time for sitting around the table, being with family and taking a nap. And feasting, of course.There will be a lot of that going on Thursday!Thanksgiving when I was growing up was a … more
It’s been said beauty is in the eye of the beholder, meaning what looks good to some folks won’t necessarily do the same for others.As a youngster, I had that notion reinforced often by … more
Grieving the loss of a pet is a singular pain of the heart that everyone, certainly all who have owned a pet, know.One of the things I find most poignant on Facebook – and it’s one of the … more
Last week I promised not to go into great detail about my recent visit to an area hospital for a procedure and recovery and that’s still my intention. But if you’ll permit, I’d like … more
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve nursed myself back to health from a bout with the common cold. more
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