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The early Democratic primary debates for the 2020 presidential election are usually described afterward by major news outlets as battlegrounds for “winners” and “losers.” It’s not … more
With the Vin Diesel-starring “The Fast & the Furious” franchise having mostly run out of fuel, it seemed natural and wise to spin off the two newest and popular side … more
News flash: Don’t look now, but summer is over. Not officially. It’s not September 21, when the calendar says autumn starts. We haven’t hit Labor Day yet. Folks are still going to the beach … more
Imagine picking up a sandwich from your favorite drive-through joint, taking it back to your office and sticking it in the fridge for later — only to find, after you’ve unwrapped it, that … more
I’m amazed at some of the stuff people throw away. Good stuff — sometimes great stuff — placed at the curb to be hauled off. I once rescued a perfectly fine rocking chair from an untimely … more
A few years ago, Fannie Flagg — well-known as a panelist on “Match Game” in the ‘70s, and even better-known a decade or so after that as the author of the popular novel “Fried Green … more
My head hit the pillow Friday knowing that Saturday was going to be a long and difficult day, one requiring more stamina and focus than I was probably capable of giving. But I was determined to see … more
In 1969, pop singer Bettye Swann came out with a tune entitled “Little Things Mean a Lot.” It reached #1 on the charts, staying there for nine weeks and selling more than two million copies. The … more
North Carolina boasts beautiful mountains and a warm, inviting coast; in between are some pretty incredible places, too, including the region right here which most of you reading this (and me writing … more
“The best way to reach me,” I’ve been telling people for years, “is by email.” Lately, I’m not so sure. In reality, I love most of what email has to offer. As an introvert and … more
Throughout my life, I’ve had lots of experience with babies. Heck, I even used to be one, although I can’t remember much about that except for what I see in a few old pictures. The first few … more
I haven’t read Mad Magazine since the ‘70s, a time when well-worn copies of the subversive humor periodical freely floated about our household, passed among me and my two older siblings. I … more
Exactly what constitutes “good journalism” these days? I thought about this over the holiday weekend while reading — and not in this newspaper — the story about the Chatham County … more
Do you ever pause from time to time to reflect on your past, specifically things you once did regularly without giving them a second thought? When ­— and if — you do that, does it seem … more
In the world of movies, there are often memorable lines that find their way into everyday life and have a pretty universal meaning. For instance, there’s the line in “Jaws” when the police … more
So, exactly how would you describe a temperature of 110 degrees? How does “exceptional in its precocity and intensity” work for you? A little fancier than “hotter than Hades,” as we … more
The grass is always greener on the other side, the proverb tells us. And so it was when I was a teenager that we looked to our neighboring state to the south for two things unavailable here: … more
There are few things more mundane than the daily commute to work. So familiar is the route, my phone alerts me of my destination every morning before I know it for sure myself. My car, which is … more
We were five minutes away from loading our bags into my car and making the trek to RDU for our flight when my wife’s cellphone dinged, alerting her to a new text message. “Oh, no,” she said, … more
From time to time, I have been called a weenie, a wimp, even a softie. And from time to time, I have agreed with that assessment. Sometimes that charge and my agreement have been made at the … more
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