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Going blind. Is there any way it could be a good thing? Frank Bruni asks this question in his new book, “The Beauty of Dusk.” Bruni, one of the great writers to move to North Carolina … more
Now that COVID is fading — at least seemingly and officially — we can step back and look at some of its effects as we move into the future. No doubt its residuals will be here for a looooong … more
When I started at the News + Record some 599 days ago, I was fresh out of college and — like everyone else — also newly navigating what it meant to live in a pandemic. For the most part, I met … more
Throughout the year, there are constant reminders of human mortality in the larger culture: Wars and rumors of wars overseas. COVID death counts and hospitalization rates. But the constant news cycle … more
The tributes that rolled in when North Carolina lawyer Walter Dellinger died Feb. 16 were testimony that he was one of the nation’s great lawyers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He was … more
Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians work in companies that sell goods and services all around the world. They’ll prosper, as will our state, to the extent we knock down barriers to our … more
Last week, the N.C. House of Representatives took important votes on three redistricting maps: one for the North Carolina House, one for the North Carolina Senate and one for our congressional … more
I saw on the local funeral home’s website the other day that Colleen Boone had passed away. Having grown up in Pittsboro, I had known her many years, as well as knowing one of her two daughters and … more
Novelist Marilynne Robinson wrote in appreciation of her pastor, “There is no way of reckoning the value good pastors bring to the lives and communities that are privileged to know them, or the … more
The late Walt Disney made a name for himself, and a fortune, by excelling in fields crowded with other high performers: cartooning, publishing, filmmaking, marketing and storytelling. “I have … more
Public schools have long been under the microscope and deservedly so, since they receive a large amount of our tax dollars and involve our most precious assets — our children. We want our … more
I serve as pastor of Chapel in the Pines, a church in Chatham County. But I don’t want to preach in this column. I would like to offer readers less of a charge and more of a hope — not marching … more
Every time AT&T or Verizon or another techno outfit introduces the latest “Must Have” communications gadget, I’m amazed that 8,000 or so folks sleep out for a week or at least overnight in … more
Recessions are part of the economic cycle. Each economic cycle contains a period of growth — called an expansion — and a period of decline, which is labeled a recession. Since World War II, there … more
The Supreme Court decision that redistricting maps be redrawn to more accurately reflect the makeup of our state has five takeaways. 1. The increasing importance of the judicial system: North … more
North Carolina has been politically competitive for a long time. It will remain so for the foreseeable future, although the structure and focal points of that political competition have always been … more
How are the state lottery and bitcoins alike? Or a better question: is a bitcoin purchase better than a lottery ticket? The answer is yes. Yes, not because a bitcoin is such a good … more
I live with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (commonly known as depression) and have for as long as I can remember. But I didn’t know how significant its long-term impact on me was until recently. more
Famous children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown once remarked wryly to a former professor: “When you talk to a child, he may not be listening to you at all. He will just be feeling the fur … more
It was a really nice thing for the dinosaurs of years ago to give up living so they could turn into crude oil and eventually become gasoline. Apparently, however, there weren’t enough of them … more
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