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Though I will remember this spring as the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, my young sons will long recall the “daoine sidhe.” This is not a new disease but a very old story stretching all the way … more
The biblical story of creation as found in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis is neither a scientific essay nor a proof text. It is a poem — a hymn to the goodness of God. God pronounced … more
Whenever it is that we look back in our rear-view mirrors at the age of COVID-19, it’s becoming starkly obvious we’ll do it from a different place, a different perspective. The world will … more
T0 the editor: As I write this, there are more than 3,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of North Carolina. This disease’s rapid and untraceable spread throughout our country demands … more
Long ago and far away when I was a mere lad, my Mama was fond of saying, among other things, that there was a “big difference between faith and knowledge.” Usually she then would cite some … more
I understand the wisdom of not judging a book by its cover, but the maxim aside, it was precisely the cover of “Ill Wind,” a novel by James Hilton, that caught my eye about 10 years ago as I … more
The prospect of several weeks in stay-at-home mode can seem daunting. It’s a lifestyle and a work style foreign to most of us, and making it happen is an adjustment. It takes time. Every day … more
I woke up early one day last week to venture to the local Dollar General near my home in rural Chatham County. I had learned when the “paper” truck would be arriving and the shelves would be … more
It’s been said “little things mean a lot.” But just what is a “little thing”? Is it, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Do the little things ever amount to bigger … more
They were sheltered-in-place and doing the safest thing they could: staying home. Their whole world had been turned upside down in a matter of days. Life as they knew it was forever changed and what … more
Due to the shelter in place restrictions, I am unable to gather at church during Holy Week. So, I worship in the woods around my home with the timbered choir of trees and the chorus in the branches … more
In the early days of cellular phones and all the technology that goes — and has gone — with all that, it was AT&T (I think) that produced a television commercial featuring the legendary … more
Somewhere amongst the verbiage in the 137 or so email messages I wrote out last Thursday and Friday, I included the phrase “moving pieces” in a commentary to someone about life in a … more
Of the various worries I’ve been sorting, collating and trying to resolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, some have centered around our pets. We have two — a dog, Bella, and a cat, Ophelia, whom … more
The heading of John Hood’s column last week (News + Record, March 26-April 1 edition) reads: “Virus response fits government role.” Make no mistake, help from our federal government has been … more
Without question, the United States of America and countries around the globe face tremendous pressure to withstand the seemingly inevitable economic threat posed by COVID-19. Business leaders … more
Sunday night, I sat at my desk beside the window and listened to the rain. Nice...and it sure beats $80 an hour for a therapist. I like rain. I like to hear it hitting the windows, to smell the … more
Very suddenly, I felt it. And it felt something like...despair. I’m not used to that. We were in the middle of watching the evening news — something I’m doing every night now, in … more
(For Drs. Sally Wood, Rosanne Jones, and Eli Tiller, three of my heroes.) Words matter. This is especially true in a crisis. How we talk about the coronavirus impacts how we think and react to … more
On the face of it, self-quarantining — or extreme social distancing — doesn’t seem the worst thing. Especially for a homebody like me who also enjoys solitary pursuits like reading, writing … more
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