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I have nothing against apple pie or the Fourth of July parade, and my favorite sport is baseball. Yet, I write in praise of another sporting event that likewise takes place across our country this … more
The Book says in Ecclesiastes that there’s a time and a place for everything. One thing that means, I think, is that things often happen when they should. It also means, I further think, that … more
I had the privilege to learn about the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge from Lenore Braford, the founder and interim executive director. Located in Pittsboro on 45 acres, the Refuge “is a sanctuary for rescued chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, sheep, goats, and cows who come from lives of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.” more
From time to time, I’ve been called a weenie, a wimp, even a softie. And from time to time, I’ve agreed with that assessment. Sometimes, that charge and my agreement came at the … more
While Juneteenth commemorates the events of June 19, 1845, in which the Union troops declared freedom for the enslaved people in Texas, its spirit of joyful liberty is far older. The newly freed … more
We laid Charlie Brooks to rest last week. It was hot by the time we got to the grave site in the cemetery of the Pittsboro Baptist Church. We didn’t tarry; the preacher said what needed to … more
The VinFast choice to build its electric car plant in Chatham is proof that your board of commissioners has made wise economic development policy decisions. Here are the top four things that citizens … more
Last Tuesday, I was en route to Goldston on the Goldston-Carbonton road, about 10 yards from Robert's Chapel Road, when my car's engine died. I pulled off the road as best I could, albeit with … more
It is June, and my mind is full of end-of-year school activities, upcoming vacation plans, and also my Granddad Hanley, even though he has been dead for 30 years. On June 6, 80 years ago, he was one … more
If we’re having baseball games, weddings and graduation ceremonies, it must be June. Add to that, another feature of the times — church homecoming services — and we’ll … more
Child care is an essential issue for so many North Carolinians. This is a serious issue that our state faces, but legislative inaction so far means that thousands of families across this state are being left in limbo. more
Dr. William Hubbard, MD, died on May 9 in Pittsboro. He was an award-winning pediatrician as well as a professor at his alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill. Having met him in retirement, I was only vaguely aware of his professional accomplishments. I knew my friend, Bill, as a poet. more
A few days ago I inadvertently misplaced (not the same thing as “lost”) a pocket leather-bound notebook/wallet gizmo I typically carry. In it is usually a few dollars, a calendar, assorted notes on people I want to see or a list of groceries I need to buy, some pictures of the world’s greatest grandchildren and various other important pieces of stuff. more
We say you can nap, snooze, doze, take a siesta, or get some shuteye. In Great Britain, they go down for a kip. On this side of the Atlantic Ocean, “putting him down” can refer to the … more
The various occupations I’ve had my entire adult life have all involved the use of words, written or spoken. But of course, that’s pretty much true of all of us in one way or another. … more
Public schools are currently experiencing a staffing crisis. Many of you reading this have children in the school system and know how challenging it is when a full time substitute is in charge of … more
My cousin was married last Saturday in High Point. There were beautiful blue hydrangeas on every table at the reception, the beef tenderloin was tender, and everyone boogied on the dance floor to … more
I have a high regard for life – the living, breathing, moving kind. Doesn’t matter if it’s plant, animal or human, most of the time I’m into “live and let … more
From childhood on, it was obvious that math and science would not be where I made my mark in the world. Being translated, that meant not only would I not grow up to become an engineer or scientist of … more
As I stretch at the trailhead before my morning jog, I’m keenly aware of the drone of periodic cicadas. These insects form a sound wall, which is created by hundreds or even thousands making … more
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