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There are things I’m good at — I’m especially proud that I can include “juggler” on my resume, for instance — but preparing for emergencies isn’t one of them. It’s a skill that, … more
By now the annual frenzy known as “Back to School” is a memory, since most folks who go have been back for a few weeks or at least, a few days. Labor Day, that last summer holiday, is now a thing … more
The most likely scenario for this column, according to the newest computer models, is that it will stall as it approaches the coast and then turn sharply south. Readers in low-lying chairs are … more
My record in high school and college math classrooms is the stuff of legends – and not very good ones. It was a subject in which I never did very well. As a matter of fact, I’d almost bet the … more
Of the long list of books Mark Twain wrote, his later novel “The American Claimant” (1892) doesn’t occupy the same lofty perch as his better-known works. Although author Bobbie Ann Mason, in … more
It wasn’t so long ago youngsters were getting out of school for the summer and singing such favorite ditties as “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” which is, of … more
The entertainment industry has forever and successfully mined a deep well of “fish out of water” stories. From “The Odyssey” to “Gulliver’s Travels,” “A Connecticut Yankee In King … more
The cancellation request arrived in the mail without much fanfare or much written explanation — just a simple message which read: “Please cancel our subscription immediately! Send any … more
I try to avoid scoffing — it just doesn’t seem a nice or proper thing to do ­— but scoff probably best describes my reaction to the controversy, in the early ‘90s, that bubbled up at the … more
Did Chatham County just blow its chance to be a shining example of creative and cooperative problem-solving in an increasingly divided, divisive culture? Yes and no. We say “yes” because we … more
Throughout my years of tying the knot for couples young and old, I have had the opportunity to perform that task in a wide variety of places. Among them are the Duke Gardens, small living rooms, big … more
At the risk of losing any more of my regular readers (assuming there still are some) or at the very least annoying them, I’d like to make one more reference to my recent operation. Granted, I … more
I love contrasts, and in this I’m in good company because don’t we all? Contrasts — black and white, peace and war, negative and positive, salt and pepper, fire and ice, good and bad, yin … more
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
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