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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
It was actually journalist Ella Winter — not native North Carolina son Thomas Wolfe — who said we can’t go home again. Wolfe, it has been written, was so enamored with Winter’s turn of the … more
They say great minds think alike. I was working on this letter regarding middle school football when I purchased a recent edition of the Chatham News + Record. As always I went … more
As a junior high schooler in the 1970s, I took a class called Typing. One of several Business courses the school offered, Typing — it was taught by the same lady who doubled as Music/Band/Chorus … more
To the editor: In his 1974 book “Impeachment: A Handbook,” by Charles Black, the author writes impeachment of a president is a grave step, because it overturns a national election. It should … more
Every time I drive from my house to Pittsboro I pass by a place that gives me food for thought about life. I’ve seen it hundreds, maybe even thousands of times through the years— this patch of … more
To the editor: On November 19, the Confederate Memorial statue was taken down in the middle of the night. There are passions on both sides of that action. Many who wanted the statue to remain as a … more
He may not be our Congressman in a year’s time — whether by defeat in election or redistricting — but Mark Walker is giving Chatham County residents a reason to be wary of his claims of … more
Traditions are like handles on suitcases. They give us something to hold onto as we move along. Without them, we’d be like water on a tabletop — just sliding around, going anywhere … more
Why is it, I wonder, a thing as simple as ordering fast food in a drive-thru is so often an experience fraught with tension, uncertainty, angst and disappointment? I’ve never worked in fast … more
You were a child once too. These six words are the crystallization of the philosophy of Fred Rogers, a mantra that guided nearly 1,000 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1966 to 2000. … more
We have a new nightly ritual in our house. Emma, my delightful and precocious 4-year-old, climbs into her toddler bed. I lay on the floor next to her, my head resting semi-comfortably on a lumpy … more
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