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Beauty, the poet says, “is in the eye of the beholder.” I think that saying probably got started by a guy whose buddy was ragging him about his girlfriend’s looks. Real beauty, we all know, … more
Easy and affordable access to adequate broadband service was high on the wishlist for Chatham County, and many other rural areas of North Carolina, prior to COVID-19 and well before terms like … more
We bought our Christmas tree this week. Acquiring our Fraser fir made for a voyage long and strange. We are thrilled to have brought it home. My father would have laughed out loud if anyone in our … more
I’ve wanted to write about privilege for a while. Did you cringe while reading that word? It’s pretty common, since “privilege” itself is often depicted as an affront to the individual. … more
To the Editor: Give a smile to someone you pass by on the street or at work. Send a personal short note. Say a kind word. Call someone you haven’t talked to lately. Visit a … more
I still remember the first time I saw one of my neighbors at the beginning of the stay-at-home order. We caught sight of each other near our mailboxes and had a glance of shared understanding. It was … more
To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor claimed that, until we distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing masks is absurd and not effective. He quotes a June New York Times article which … more
Dear Santa, How are you? I don’t know about the rate of COVID-19 infections in the North Pole, but they are steadily increasing here. You probably already knew that — you check your list … more
He was walking briskly as he talked — and agitated, and masked — so I had to lean in and listen hard, even though the volume on my cell phone was up about as high as it could go. “I’m so … more
Today’s society and its norms in general — as well as specifically some of the younger generation — signal to me that I am an antique. Outdated. A dinosaur. Not “with it.” That’s kind … more
My cousin Gail down in Wilmington is the family crier. Not that she endlessly sheds tears over our family, but rather she is like our town crier, as if she were wearing a tricorn hat, swinging a … more
When I announced North Carolina had its first known COVID-19 case on March 3, most of us didn’t expect to be living like this in December. Instead of preparing for beloved holiday traditions, … more
Despite the current spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths, there is good news on the not-so-distant horizon. Three effective vaccines are in the pipeline. Some North Carolinians — those battling … more
Unbelievable when you think about it, how North Carolina maintained its segregated and discriminatory racial system for such a long time. The remnants of what is commonly called “Jim Crow” are … more
Dear Rachel, Your 2020 self doesn’t really have her life together. Her phone still automatically plays the U2 album that she’s been too lazy to delete for six years. She still has acne that … more
To the Editor: For me, the most frustrating part of COVID-19 is The Mask and absence of smiles. Thank goodness we don’t mask our eyes for they can express a smile, although eyes aren’t … more
The sun is down by the time I make it home from the office these days. Only the glow in the west is left when I crank up the car. But the holiday season has come to Chatham County, evidenced by the … more
To the Editor: The Chatham News + Record is well worth reading every week but last week (Dec. 3-9 edition) especially two items stand out. The letter from Mayor Jim Nass lifts us to a higher … more
More and more these days I find myself having to take an extra second or so to call some things to mind ... things like someone’s name when I can see their face clear as day, and have even known … more
In his famous song “Imagine,” John Lennon dreamed of a world of peace that included no religions. The Beatles superstar was not a fan of Christianity, saying: “Jesus was all right, but his … more
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