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For most of our lives, we have rushed around. We are always on the move, doing one thing then doing the next thing. We take many things for granted. Many of us don’t stop to contemplate or wonder … more
Journalists love statistics. They help us tell stories and can sometimes be the stories themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us plenty of numbers and plenty of statistics to help us talk … more
For now, Chatham County’s libraries are still closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. And with schools closed, too, the library system’s summer reading program has now taken on new meaning and … more
Chef Gray Brooks owns three eateries: Littler, Pizzeria Toro and my favorite Durham restaurant — Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter, located at 202 N. Corcoran St. I think it’s because Jack … more
Masks for Many, a project created by local performer and playwright Mike Wiley in conjunction with the Chatham Arts Council and designed to create face masks for vital workers, kicked off in April. … more
The tantalizing setting of “Capone” are the final years of Al Capone living in exile, a syphilitic shell of his former self released from prison to live out his dying days roaming the grounds of … more
Evil has a name, and at our house, it’s poison ivy. I wasn’t always an optimistic gardener — in fact, before I got married, I’d never even cut the grass — but by the time I got my first … more
Welcome, Gentle Reader. This week another of my chef role models answers two simple pandemic-related questions. Meet Chef Joanne Weir. It all started at the turn of the last century at a … more
I’m back — in this form at least. I’ve been writing about business in Chatham County for the last couple of months related to COVID-19, but always in story form. The Corner Store has taken a … more
The best plants to share are the ones you received as gifts. That’s my takeaway this spring while enjoying the beautiful irises my friend Jenny Garrett McLaurin gave me last year. While new to me, … more
A couple of weeks ago, I had an idea. I contacted some chefs, some famous, some not, but each of them is a highly admired role model chef to me. I asked each of them the same two questions. … more
Chatham County was the beneficiary of $36.9 million in visitor spending throughout 2018 — an increase of 5.4 percent from the previous year and the highest mark ever. While the 2019 numbers won’t … more
Movies can be ahead of their time in a couple of ways. They can employ technological wizardry that belies their contemporaries, films like “The Wizard of Oz,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” … more
My first bagel was eaten at the table of Michael Weiss, an old boyfriend. I was 11. I love all things bread. So when Michael’s mom gave us bagels and a block of cream cheese, I was as … more
With the state’s stay-at-home orders, social distancing and a decrease in traffic and movement, related to so many businesses being closed, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is working … more
My mom makes amazing pies. Her apple, pecan, and lemon merengue are pies of family legend. But she never makes her own crust. She uses the boxed Pillsbury crusts found in the dairy section of the … more
If you have anywhere from two to 23 hours to kill, this week’s new Netflix’s offerings have a little something for everyone: “Dangerous Lies” Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”) stars in … more
As COVID-19 continues on, my tracking of how chain stores and restaurants continues on. This week, it’s fast food restaurants, and you’re likely to find, like me, that things are pretty much the … more
I’m a class of 2000 “Xennial.” Born in October 1981, I can do analog and digital. I thought I learned all I needed to know from the computer game, “Oregon Trail.” In the game, you hoped … more
My husband Chris and I have three kids in the Chatham County Schools — in 5th, 9th and 11th grade. While I realize I am coming at this pandemic from a place of privilege as far as income and … more
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