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“What a disaster!” exclaims Alan Arkin near the end of Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.” As a critic, it’s tempting to cherry-pick this quote as applicable to both the burning … more
It wasn’t a rare occurrence, this thing I encountered — a jellyfish washed up on the sand of a North Carolina beach — but still, to me, it felt like it was some kind of omen. It was the … more
A debate over the value of recycling has been simmering for years; longer, probably, than I’ve been separating aluminum and glass and paper from the other disposable stuff our household sheds week … more
It was inevitable, I suppose, given the publicity surrounding the toppling of the Silent Sam monument on the UNC campus and the recent acts of vandalism done to other similar monuments, that the … more
Of all the things I can lay legitimate claim to being, an “Instagram influencer” isn’t one of them. My modest Instagram account isn’t over-burdened with followers, and that’s OK. Just … more
Rumors of a protest over Chatham County’s “Our Confederate Heroes” monument in Pittsboro ramped up last week and eventually spread like butter melting over a piping hot ear of corn — person … more
There was a story in a recent Sunday paper that hurt my heart. Seems, according to that piece, a bit of America is on the way out. It also went on to say that the movement had been going on for … more
On a late afternoon ride home after visiting family in Durham a few of weeks ago, we decided to delay the homecoming for a side trip. Taking our time, we turned left off of US 15-501 before … more
As a Chatham resident off and on since 1970 I have observed a lot change in our county — some good, some bad. That notion that depends greatly on one’s point of view. I will admit that it is … more
It’s Sunshine Week across North Carolina and the nation. And no, that doesn’t signify an end to winter and the rains that have hammered our region since the fall — although we can always hope … more
As I’ve had more birthdays, I’ve come to realize just how much my folks actually knew and just how much I miss them. See, years ago when I wore a younger man’s clothes and my parents were still … more
A few weeks ago, during the height of middle-school basketball frenzy, I went with some family members and friends to take in a game in which my 7th-grade grandson was playing. It was an hour or … more
Our long-suffering spate of cold and wet and nasty weather has gotten me thinking about, and craving for, something my wife occasionally cooks up as a special treat: borscht. If you’re not … more
They say it’s the “little things” that matter most. We all know who “they” are. And we instinctively know what the “little things” they’re referring to are. And yes, those … more
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
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