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Walking to his first baseball practice, my 7-year-old son clacked in his cleats across the parking lot to the field. He wore a cap on his head and a glove on his hand. He was ready. more
Long ago and far away, I worked for an agricultural supply and marketing organization operating in the two Carolinas. Most of my work centered around advertising and public relations and producing a … more
The Democratic Party of North Carolina just voted to replace its current chairperson and top leadership with a new team. Call it a changing of the donkeys. We think politics is a contact sport … more
As the grim anniversary approaches of the tragic Russian invasion of Ukraine, mental health almost requires numbness. We train our eyes to flash quickly past disturbing headlines, such as, … more
About the same time that our granddaughter Amy learned to walk, she began to play hide-and-seek. Kids of all ages love the game but 2-year-olds play it with giggling glee. Born with a double scoop … more
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards of North Carolina’s 11th District attended his first State of the Union address last week and joined his fellow Republicans in calling out Joe … more
Earlier this month, the North Carolina Democratic Party’s state executive committee elected 25-year-old Anderson Clayton state party chairperson. How and why this young woman beat the … more
It is fitting to close my column for Black Poetry Month with Chatham County’s own historic poet laureate, George Moses Horton. Horton was born into slavery at the turn of the 18th century. … more
Should businesses weigh in on political controversies? According to a recent Gallup poll, the general public is closely divided on the question, with 48% in favor and 52% opposed. Not surprisingly, … more
Regarding that whole, praline-filled, three-serving chocolate bar I consumed. All in one sitting. When I find myself in deep self-judgment for things such as this, I can be quite toxic toward myself. … more
When I speak to a variety of groups around the state, I know at least one of the questions likely to be asked: What are we going to do about the national debt? The national debt certainly does … more
In 1995, I was honored to attend the White House Conference on Aging as a facilitator and issue expert. At the conference, I heard Arthur Flemming talk about the importance of Social Security and … more
I have dedicated my column to Black poets this month. This week, I reflect on the work of Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner. Trethewey was born in Mississippi to a Black … more
When AT&T or Verizon or another techno outfit introduces the latest “must-have” communications gadget, I’m amazed at 8,000 folks sleeping out for a week or at least overnight in … more
Pittsboro’s fight for clean water has taken a turn for the better —  commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 23 to sue PFAS manufacturers, including large corporations like 3M, … more
The “problem” with freedom is that other people may do things that trouble, annoy or even anger you. In a free society, you have no legitimate authority to stop them. Strictly … more
Me? Angry? No! Of course, not! Think again, Jan; you are angry. No! I’m just … Well, OK, I’m angry and it’s wisping out (which means my anger is evident and in … more
Was it the classified documents? Is this what the political experts will ask themselves if Joe Biden loses the 2024 presidential election? Will they say the 2024 election was decided when … more
My highlighting of Black poets in the month of February continues with another personal favorite, Ross Gay. This poet has achieved fame for his collections of essays, beginning with “The … more
Of all our five senses — sight, sound, smell, taste, touch — most would say vision is the dearest. They’re all important, sure, but how different if, say, butter pecan ice … more
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