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When 2019 rolled over into 2020 and the 12 months that lay ahead were promising blank canvases, I did something I’d never done at the launch of any other year: I set a reading goal. And like … more
We are living through a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has brought physical, emotional and economic suffering. No one knows what the future holds. It may well include greater hardships and more … more
Information is a hot commodity in the age of COVID-19, and, unfortunately, as currency, there’s a pretty robust black market for those who trade in it. Rumors. Hearsay. Social media rants. … more
Our brains — the human nervous system’s mission control — are interesting organs. In partnership with the spinal cord, it’s responsible for everything we do, including my tapping the … more
To the editor: If our world is an ant mound, this novel coronavirus was a boot that stepped on us all. But after an initial burst of confusion, ant colonies rebuild. Here in North Carolina, so … more
One of the advantages of my life here is that I’ve been blessed to have lived in several communities across the county. With that has come the opportunity through the years to know countless … more
To the editor: In his recent column, John Hood refers to the fact that two of the last three presidents, George W. Bush in 2000, and Donald Trump in 2016, were elected by the Electoral College, … more
Give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry uttered this declaration in 1775, yet I heard it repeated last week in the context of the novel coronavirus. In such a time as this, we should … more
To the editor: Three things are both urgent and important during the COVID-19 pandemic: protecting lives and health, restoring the economy, and safeguarding democracy. The first two issues are receiving a lot of … more
To the editor: My name is Keith Johnson and I live in Siler City. Congress must work to improve the coronavirus response package that was signed into law. This pandemic is devastating communities, … more
Much of society’s drive today centers on the notion “the bigger, the better.” That’s true, I suppose, if you’re looking for a room to hold 100 people and so far, you’ve only found an … more
In a typical year, Jessica and I would have likely been occupying a couple of seats at a most-favored Mexican restaurant in the early evening of April 8th, dipping chips into salsa, and celebrating … more
I fancy myself something of a wordsmith. That affinity comes from a love of reading and writing and, in part, from the ego-boosting number of times over the years people have asked, “Hey, can you … more
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
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