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I walked into Siler City Elementary School’s library last Thursday morning feeling like I’d stumbled unsuspectingly into a gold mine. The treasure? Books, and lots of them. Libraries are … more
On the desk in my study is a large calendar. Occasionally, I can find it if I move all the papers, notes, stacks of books to be read sometime in the future, bits of memorabilia created by a … more
The Secret Lives of Pets 2 Grade: C Director: Chris Renaud Starring the voices of: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana … more
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” is a movie line so often quoted I won’t insult you by naming the film. Watching the evening news last week, a variation on the famous line crept to … more
If it’s June, it must be time for baseball, weddings, graduation...and ceremonies. Through the years, I’ve attended a number of such events — my own in high school and seminary, Shirley’s … more
An old familiar friend’s obituary came across my desk on Monday, and when I read it, I was shocked. I mean, I didn’t even realize iTunes was sick. Stories of the demise of iTunes — the … more
One of the many tropes in horror films is that the villain is often concealed in some fashion, whether it’s their identity, their physical appearance, and/or their motivations. The scariest … more
There isn’t a good time to get sick, but there are times we get sick that seem more ill-timed than others. The start of a three-day weekend is one of those times. That was the situation I was … more
A couple of things happen around this time of the year which, to me, have a direct relationship to each other. Granted, more than a couple of things happen around this time of year. School years … more
You might be familiar with Lyman Baum. This is the story of the thin but sturdy thread connecting him to me. Baum was something of a daydreamer. He had a restless spirit, especially when it came … more
The still image of a CGI-contorted Will Smith as the blue, buff Genie, found the early marketing Disney’s live-action update of “Aladdin,” was a source of initial castigation and … more
On Monday evening, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners settled in for another meeting. The last two had lasted long into the Pittsboro night, and with a public hearing on a budget proposal … more
The calendar tells us that, at least officially, summer is still a month or so away. The thermometer apparently hasn’t gotten the memo, though, as we’ve been living with temperatures above 90 … more
“Music,” the Greek philosopher Plato wrote, “gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” The famous Corsican Napoleon Bonaparte, … more
We build and inhabit homes that safeguard us from the elements, from pests, from predators. Our air-conditioned environments, baring unusual events, serve us well. I, for example, fall asleep … more
Ann Landers used to tell her readers to “wake up and smell the coffee.” Through the years I have taken that advice literally. Today I’ve gotten so good at it I can smell the coffee before I … more
Hurry up and read this column, please, because I’m late. Actually, if what I heard many years ago about being late is true — and I believe it to be — then by the time you’ve gotten this … more
It was billed as the First Annual Spring Chicken Festival, a name most wordsmiths would agree is misleading — given that technically, there’s no such thing as “first annual,” since an event … more
I’ll be visiting my mother on Sunday, giving her a few things I hope will make her happy and feel appreciated. She enjoys candy and crosswords, so my wife and I got her some milk chocolates and … more
Years ago, a British poet by the name of Alfred Tennyson penned a poem entitled “Locksley Hall” in which he noted, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Spring … more
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