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“God Sent Pennies From Heaven” would like to thank each one for their donations in 2019. Your change and offerings came to $536 this year. Once again, every penny and dollar was given to the West Chatham Food Pantry here in Siler City, to be used to purchase food for those in need. more
It used to bother me when I’d hear someone say they don’t have time to read...until I became that person. While I used to, in the not-distant past, knock out about a book a week, it now takes … more
We gave the first season of “The Chatcast” a name with two meanings. “The Age of Anxiety” represented not just the time we live in ­— where there are a million things that can cause stress, from social media to world news to student debt — but also the teenage years, where a combination of brain chemistry and the sheer amount of things on their plates cause high numbers of depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation. more
As I pile up more birthdays, a couple of things come to mind. One is that I’m glad to still be having them. The other is that even though it’s been some time now since he slipped away — … more
As the clock ticks on and the years go by and I have more birthdays, I seem to pay more attention to time. I don’t think it’s an obsession and I don’t understand it any better than before; … more
The Gospel of Matthew paints a picture of King Herod as a lying, conniving, egomaniac (see Matthew, chapter 2). Other historical sources tell us this ancient king was even worse. Herod was granted … more
A popular bumper sticker implores us, with just one word and several symbols, to “coexist.” It’s a noble and necessary aim — coexistence — but it isn’t always easy. This is true on a … more
Obviously, spring isn’t the only time many folks clear up and clean out things. The end of one year and the beginning of another also can serve that purpose. At our house, particularly in my study, … more
We’re conditioned ­—­ by popular song, by cartoons, by culture — to think of the old year (in this case 2019) as elderly and infirm by its end and the new year (2020, a perfectly … more
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
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