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Lawmakers return to Raleigh next week for the 2019 session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Pledges of harmony and bipartisan cooperation were frequently heard on opening day but are more … more
The recent uproar about Silent Sam, the statue in memory of UNC students who fought for the Confederacy in the War Between the States and which until last August stood on the grounds of the campus, … more
I couldn’t help seeing, numerous times on social media over the past weekend, the provocative image of a teenage boy -- a red MAGA hat atop his head -- engaged in a wordless face-off with an … more
My first-born grandchild, who happens to be the only guy out of a total of six folks in that category, entered the great unknown world of “teendom” last week. more
Some people, I believe, have a natural aptitude for auto mechanics, but I’m not one of them. more
Some might consider it highway robbery to be asked to pay eight bucks for a small vial of tiny white pellets that are supposed to magically help you fall asleep. more
Around this time of year, many folks go to great lengths to make resolutions about things they will do or say or not do or say in the new year. For most of them, that change in behavior lasts somewhere around 10 or 15 minutes. more
In the late 1980s, while I was a reporter at a small daily newspaper in the Sandhills, the sports editor (a man improbably named Lance Spear) and I hatched a plan to break into the movies. more
In one way or another, throughout most of my life I’ve used words to make a living. Other than when I bagged groceries or was a soda jerk – not to be confused with being a regular jerk – or had a brief career as a house painter, words have been my thing. more
Some people proudly, defiantly declare they do not make New Year’s resolutions, but I don’t believe them. more
I don’t take a lot of selfies. Check that – I don’t post a lot of selfies. more
Nobody has ever accused me of being in first place in the world of technology. Actually, I’m not much of a fan of it, except for the part that comes with medicine and doctors and such like the part that helped me out with heart surgery earlier this year. more
An ancient Greek philosopher named Heraclitus centuries ago observed, perhaps on a blustery day, that change is the only constant. more
I actually started AND finished a book last week while on vacation, and as we move into 2019 I’m once again adding “read more books” to my list of resolutions for the New Year. more
Here are my best and worst films of 2018, along with the most unexpected surprises and disappointments this year. Most of the comments are drawn from my written reviews: Top 10 Best Film of … more
There’s probably not another human being alive who loves a dog more than I do.Well, at least a good dog. more
When it comes to holiday traditions, we probably can’t help being influenced by how we were raised.My parents, for instance, while by no means anti-Christmas, were steadfast in their tradition of putting up Christmas decorations no sooner than one week before Christmas Day. more
Every year, since our kids were old enough to read, the presents have gone under our Christmas tree without tags.Instead, my wife Lee Ann and I came up with a code to identify which gift belongs to which child. We’d write the code – either a letter or a number, or a combination – on one corner of the gift. more
“Stan & Ollie” is a loving, heartfelt hagiography that’s as comfy and inoffensive as one of its titular duo’s comedic acts. Indeed, long stretches of the tidy 97-minute … more
It’s been said of humanity that we are what we eat.If that’s true, I’m beginning to think I might be in trouble. more
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